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A massage can be a great way to help relieve pain and stress and it could be the perfect gift for mom this Mother’s Day.

In this Angie’s List report, what you need to know about massage therapy.

In her free time, Danielle Frey hits hard as a roller derby girl on the flat track, but she offers a soft touch in her job as a massage therapist.

“If someone wants to come in and relax I’m going to use mostly Swedish techniques,” said Danielle Frey, Massage Therapist, Specific Kneads. “If someone is coming in for pain relief I’m going to add in some trigger points, deep tissue work, and maybe some myofascial release.”

For nearly six years, Danielle Bell says massage therapy helped relieve her back pain.

“I have a lot of muscle pain, especially in my upper back,” she said. “I find that the medications my doctors prescribed don’t really address that so I come and get massages from Danielle to address those problems and I find that the massage actually does address the problem rather than covering it up like medication does.”

Swedish and deep tissue is the most common massages, but there are many techniques available today.

“I’ve gotten massage for many years just because I have a lot of tension,” said Amy Wallarab.

Wallarab enjoys a massage called Thai yoga which involves stretching and compression work.

Frey says it has many benefits.

“Increased flexibility is a big one,” said Frey. “It really works deep into the muscles to help relax the muscles. You feel relaxed but also rejuvenated and energized afterwards.”

Angie’s List says if you are not familiar with massage therapy ask questions to be sure you are comfortable with the service.

“A massage can be a great way to pamper your mom this Mother’s Day, but be sure it’s going to be something she is going to want to do and is comfortable with,” said Angie Hicks, Angie’s List Creator. “The last thing your mom is going to tell you is you wasted money. She probably won’t be comfortable and she’ll just throw the certificate in the drawer and never talk about it.”

Massage might not be ideal for everyone, especially those with health problems.

If you are considering a gift of massage for Mom – make sure she checks first with her doctor.

While most states require massage therapist to be licensed, Angie’s List says there are a handful of states that do not.

So, ask what level of education or testing they have acquired.

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