Massage therapist there for every individual’s needs
GREENFIELD — Heather Creek started her career in travel and tourism, but soon decided that her first love was massage, so she’s opened Creek Massage Therapy at 116 Federal St.
“After I got my bachelor’s degree from Johnson & Wales, I decided to come back to Franklin County and go to GCC part-time to learn massage,” said Creek. “I’ve always loved massage.”
Creek said when she was younger, her father, who worked for Northeast Utilities, had a bad back.
“We would give him a back massage now and then,” she said.
Creek, now a licensed massage therapist, said that while for most people getting a massage calms them, giving one calms her.
“I relax as my clients relax,” she said.
Creek graduated from the GCC Stillpoint (massage therapy) Program, which is recognized by the Commission of Massage Therapy Accred-itation, in 2006. In 2011 she went to Costa Rica in Central America to learn Thai massage.
“I also took hot stone courses and a course on giving breast cancer patients massage,” said Creek.
Her mother, who has been a breast cancer survivor for the past 23 years, was her inspiration for teaming up with the Oncology Department at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Creek gives hand and foot massages each week to patients while they are receiving treatment.
She said her work with breast cancer patients and survivors is funded through Rays of Hope — each patient gets a free hour-long Swedish massage in her office.
She is continuing her education by learning about lymph drainage.
“I’m invested in breast cancer,” she said.
Creek said she opened Creek Massage Therapy because she always wanted her own place.
“I’ve been doing this for seven years and decided it was time,” she said. “I used my savings and got help from my parents.”
Creek offers Swedish massage, which is what she said people think of when they hear the word “massage.”
She also offers Thai massage, sometimes known as assisted yoga, hot stone massage, and chair massages.
“I will do massage as each client wants,” said Creek. “I can do very light and I can go very deep.”
Creek said massage should never hurt, but said she will do as deep a massage as someone wants her to do.
“I focus on each individual and their needs,” she said. “Everyone’s session is all about them. I create a safe, comfortable, confidential space for everyone, and each session is designed specifically for each client.”
“I always ask a client what they want and what they need,” she said. “I follow the client’s lead and do whatever will relax them.”
Creek said if a client wants silence, she doesn’t speak during the massage, but if a client wants to talk, she said she is more than willing to engage in conversation.
Creek said there are many health benefits to massage, including keeping circulation flowing properly and keeping joints moving. She said it also decreases anxiety, improves sleep, energizes, helps with concentration and reduces fatigue.
Creek said massage has been shown to alleviate lower-back pain, assist expectant mothers with shorter, easier labor, ease medication dependence, enhance immunity, increase joint flexibility, lessen depression, reduce spasms and cramping, and relieve migraine pain.
“It’s a small investment for a big payoff,” said Creek.
“There’s something about touch,” said Creek. “I know it isn’t for everyone, but people who come for a massage obviously want it.”
“The feeling of satisfaction I get from helping my clients through difficult physical injuries, discomfort, or simple relaxation is why I do what I do,” said Creek. “I like the problem solving that often comes with creating a plan to address particular issues that my clients experience. Working with the client to help relieve stress, tension, pain or discomfort is always a new and exciting aspect to my profession.”
Creek’s prices range from $25 for a 20-minute chair massage to $115 for a 90-minute Thai massage.
Creek has been licensed in Massachusetts since 2006 and has been an Associated Bodywork and Massage Professional and nationally certified in therapeutic massage since 2007.
She said she will continue her education to keep up with all of the latest massage trends.
Creek Massage Therapy is open Tuesday and Wednesday from noon to 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There is free parking and entry to the building off of Pleasant Street.
Creek accepts cash, checks and credit cards. Creek gives massages by appointment only.
For more information or to make an appointment, call 413-325-5112 or email Creek at: