Stacy Allgood-Smith, owner of Allgood Therapeutic Massage, started with an Associates Degree at Montgomery College. She then graduated Salisbury State University in 1990 with a BA in Communication Arts.
In 2010, Stacy continued her education at Baltimore School of Massage. As a Maryland licensed massage therapist since 2011, she’s dedicated to serving the wellness of the Frederick community.
Here are the top 5 benefits of therapeutic massage:
1. Relieves Stress-Induced Muscular Tension
Therapeutic massage reduces muscular tension that can contribute to and/or cause chronic pain and fatigue.
“Because muscles carry a memory in them, it can actually create an emotional response. An emotional release is very possible. People can actually break down in tears on the table.”
2. Increases Circulation
Increased circulation results in an increased flow of nutrients all throughout the body. Stimulation of the lymphatic tissues flushes out toxins.
“It helps rid the muscles of impurities and metabolic waste, and helps blood flow through the muscles.”
3. Reduces Muscle Stiffness
Medications that are used to treat chronic diseases can sometimes create a lot of inhibition in the muscles.
“With regular massage therapy, it can keep the muscles at least a little bit more pliable.”
4. Releases Endorphins
Therapeutic massage stimulates the release of the body’s own ‘feel-good’ hormone into the blood stream. Endorphins are natural pain killers.
“It helps with the brain and nervous system, as well.” Endorphins lower the perception of pain and alleviate symptoms of depression.
5. Reduces Stress
Stress triggers the sympathetic nervous system to release cortisol that puts the body into the tense ‘fight or flight’ mode. Secondary body functions like digestion begin to shut down.
“Massage therapy helps put the body into a state of the parasympathetic nervous symptom.” This more relaxed state allows the body to ‘rest and digest’.
Stacy recalls growing up in Damascus, Maryland when it was still a small town. She thinks she was probably related to about half of the total population back then. She describes her early self as a music geek who took piano lessons and sang in the chorus.
Later, equipped with a BA in Communications, she landed a position as a Communications Specialist at NEBF where she remained for a little more than 18 years. When she was suddenly laid off in 2009, it seemed like one more loss in her life that happened between 2007 and 2010.
“My husband and I had lost my father, his mother and his father. So, between the two of us, we had lost 3 of our 4 parents.” Stacy took the first job offer that came along, knowing it was a step back in her career. There were financial consequences and the possibility of losing their house.
Seeing The Light In The Sunshine State
In early 2010, feeling depressed and broken, Stacy headed for her annual time-share vacation in Florida. There was nothing unusual about getting a massage while there but something about this session felt different.
When she got up from the massage table, she had only one thought. “I feel amazing! I want to help other people feel amazing like this!” Giving full credit to that experience for starting the process of healing from depression, Stacy enrolled in massage school and started classes just six weeks later.
“The American society, as it is right now – we’re so stressed! Everybody is running in 50 million directions. We don’t take time for ourselves. The stress that we have is so terrible. Massage therapy can help, even if somebody can do an hour a week.”
Take In Some Therapeutic Compassion
“Massage therapy is something very particular”, says Stacy. “It’s using your hands in a compassionate way to work the muscles out, and even benefit the skin, over the whole body.”
If there’s an emotional release during the massage session, she’s ready for it. “As a therapist, I just help them through it. Here’s a tissue…it’s okay…you’re in a safe environment.”
One of Stacy’s favorite quotes is by Golda Meir – “If you can’t cry with your whole heart, you can’t laugh either.”
She also puts her whole heart into giving all of her clients the 5 benefits of therapeutic massage. Stacy provides in-home or in-office visits for those who are too stressed, too busy or in too much discomfort to travel to her.
Call for your appointment today. Your body and mind will thank you!
Content Provided by Frederick Advice Givers Podcast #17