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Inner Rhythms Massage And Wellness Offers A Healing Touch

By S. Mathur

When Chris Gately, owner of Inner Rhythms Massage and Wellness, speaks of the power of energy and spiritual healing, he knows what he's talking about. He experienced the benefits of Reiki for himself when recovering from a whiplash injury sustained in a car accident. He found that it helped to reduce the pain and to speed up the healing process.

His experience inspired him to train in the field himself and he has been a Chikara-Reiki-Do Master since 2005. In 2010, he graduated from the North Eastern Institute of Whole Health in 2010 as a licensed massage therapist and decided to open his own business in downtown Comcord NH.

Gately's specialization is advanced Swedish techniques, trigger point release and Reiki healing energy. These can help people suffering from long term physical pain.

"Much research has been conducted about the effects of massage therapy in addressing many physical issues, acute and chronic," Gately said. "When a person experiences pain on a daily basis for an extended period of time, the mind becomes affected and maintaining a good attitude becomes very hard. We cannot focus on daily tasks to the best of our abilities, we can become irritable often and have trouble sleeping."

Physical pain and mental distress reinforce each other in a downward spiral, leading to a complete breakdown of health. Massage therapy essentially reverses the direction of this cycle in a positive way.

"The worse case scenario is our health will start to decline because our immune response will slow down and the body can't protect itself to it's highest potential," Gately said. "Massage strengthens the body as a whole and helps us to operate at our physical potential."

Massage addresses the core of the problem by immediately enhancing physical well being. The benefits are immediate as well as continuing and long term.

"Massage increases the circulation of blood and lymph fluid and flushes out toxins that become stagnant in the affected areas," Gately said. "Blood carries warmth, oxygen and nutrients into the tissues thus improving the overall health of our bodies. Other benefits of regular massage is increased production at work, healthy immune system, better sleep, and an overall sense of enhanced well being."

The calming surroundings and atmosphere at the studio in and of themselves create a feeling of healing and support. The decor incorporates colors and textures that encourage clients to feel safe and let go the world outside the walls of the studio. Gately and his staff use skills from Reiki and other body therapies to create a sense of mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. Clients say that this is simply the best deep tissue massage they have ever received.

Gately is involved with the community in other forms of healing as well. He volunteers at the Concord Hospital and with Friends of Forgotten Children.

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