In this modern life, many people suffer from chronic pain and stress-related illnesses daily. Alexis Shumate, licensed massage therapist and owner of Milledgeville Massage Therapy, wants to help her clients manage their discomforts and journey down a path to a healthier way of life.
She was still in high school in Ohio when her interest in the benefits of massage was sparked through classes in sports medicine. In addition to the standard secondary education, half of her academic day was spent learning sports rehabilitation including physical therapy, personal training, chiropractic medicine and massage therapy.
As a softball player, she was intrigued by the benefits massage therapy could bring to an overall approach to pain management for athletes and non-sports individuals alike.
“After moving to Milledgeville to be with family, I attended the American Professional Institute and graduated in 2013 and began my career as a massage therapist,” said Shumate. “I have worked in several spas in Georgia, and now I am the proud owner of my own business focusing on mental and physical well-being through massage.”
Specializing in the neck, back, and hip pain, Shumate, and her staff customized each massage to fit the needs of the client including addressing issues such as chronic muscle tension, headaches, sciatica and need for relaxation. Massages are offered in time blocks of 30, 45, 60, 75, 90, and 120 minutes. Couples massages are offered for those wanting to share a relaxing afternoon with their spouse, parent or best friend.
The center is beautifully serene with quiet colors, sounds of running water from tabletop foundations, and soft music playing in the background. Three private rooms with large cushioned massage tables make the client’s experience intimate and enjoyable. A massage chair is also available for a quick refresh for those on-the-go clients.
“Our mission statement is to care for the community by alleviating muscular pain and promoting optimal wellness through the best massage therapy, education, and customer care service possible,” she said.
The types of massages offered include Swedish, deep tissue, Thai, Young Living Raindrop technique, pregnancy massage for an easier delivery, and a quick hands and feet massage to refresh on a busy day.
Most massage customers are familiar with Swedish and deep tissue methods, but Shumate offers a few other beneficial treatments not widely offered. Thai massage is assisted yoga stretching postures with a unique system of acupressure and is recommended for low back pain, hip and leg pain, and athletes.
The Young Living Raindrop Technique uses nine different essential oils applied in rain-like drops with a specific massage technique called vita-flex, which is similar to reflexology and combined with a heat application. Shumate recommends this treatment to boost immunity and create optimal balance and relaxation. She does not recommend it to those who are sensitive to smells.
Add-ons, including hot stones and essential oils, applied to one area or the full-body, can improve the massage experience by providing a deeper relaxation for the customer. Hot stones heated to 160 degrees is said to promote circulation and melt away tensions. Essential oils, including basil, marjoram, lavender, peppermint and cypress, help muscles to relax and the mind to unwind.
When preparing for your massage, Shumate said to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early as the appointment time is when the customer should be on the massage table ready to receive the service. She said that although clients are completely undressed for the session, they are covered the whole time securely and only the part being worked on is uncovered.
“We strive to make every treatment the best possible experience for the client,” said Shumate. “I have worked to make this environment restful and beautiful and to put the client at ease so they are present and can lean into the massage which accelerates the health benefits.”
Pricing and booking information is available at www.milledgevillemassagetherapy or by calling 478-295-1116.