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Brandee Brown of Treasured Hands and Alex Ziemann, who puts bodies Back in Tune, have opened a massage therapy studio at 501 First St. East, Suite 4, accessible by the east entrance. Massage should not be considered "just a luxury" anymore, the pair agrees.

Massage studio provides 'gift to community'

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Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

Carpooling to Wadena put the wheels in motion for a business venture.

Brandee Brown and Alex Ziemann, heading through forest and field to M State Community and Technical College, discovered they shared the same outlook on their vocation.

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"We want to bring the wonderful gift to the community," Ziemann said of therapeutic massage.

"In a place that's affordable," added Brown.

The certified massage therapists, graduating May 6, opened a studio under two names, Brown's Treasured Hands and Ziemann's Back in Tune. Shared costs add affordability to their venture.

They bring a year of study in anatomy, patho-physiology, ethics, kinesiology, nutrition and modalities of massage to the "table."

Brown's focus is deep tissue and trigger point therapy with hot stone and aromatherapy.

Ziemann addresses relaxation and rejuvenation of the body, with an emphasis on aromatherapy.

Massage, he said, increases flexibility, mobility and can reduce the effects of stress.

Kneading muscles can be used for pain management. It's an effective alternative to physical therapy and can be used as an option to pain medication.

Massage increases oxygen in the blood, boosts circulation and buoys the immune system.

Not long ago, massage was considered to be pampering the body.

"It's not just a luxury," Brown said of the proven benefits.

Their credo: "If you don't take care of your body, where will you live?"

All ages are invited to experience their "handiwork."

They will do "out calls" at houses and events and customer appreciation chair massages. They are also available for retreats.

They perform 90-minute, hour-long and half-hour massages.

Customers referring three people receive a free 30-minute massage. As a show of customer appreciation, after five massages the sixth is reduced by $10.

"It's your massage, we'll do what you want," Brown said of a full body massage or addressing specific areas.

Hours are by appointment, based on customer convenience. The location is 501 First St. East, Suite 4.

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