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Hands Of Solace Massage Helps With Healing And Recovery

By S. Mathur

Charlotte Phillips, Massage Therapist and owner of Hands of Solace Massage in Burlington, VT, offers clinical massage therapy to help people in times of change and stress. Because of her own life experiences, she chose to focus on massage as an alternative therapy for recovery from surgery which works side by side with traditional medical treatments.

"I have had life and professional experiences that have brought my massage work to where it is today," she said. "I know what it's like to receive a cancer diagnosis, and I have worked hard to learn to create a calm, safe space for clients to take their time as they find out what "normal" is like for them on a given day. I have enormous respect for my clients, their bodies, and the challenges they may be going through. It's an honor to offer a sense of ease and connection in a time of stress."

Phillips graduated from massage school in Chicago in May 2005 and she opened Hands of Solace in August 2012. She chose to focus on myofascial work to address scar tissue and posture, manual lymph drainage to work on swelling after surgery and cancer treatment, and oncology massage.

Charlotte Phillips

Manual lymph drainage is part of the treatment for lymphedema and swelling after breast cancer treatment.

"Manual lymph drainage is a specialized gentle massage technique that's designed to help reduce swelling," Phillips said. "I've had a number of clients also find it useful for support during treatment of Lyme disease and people find it effective for general relaxation. We notice that it seems to help calm down the 'fight or flight' side of the nervous system and clients report feeling calm and having better sleep."

Clients can include a wide range of people seeking relief from physical discomfort or pain or just a relaxing massage.

"I see computer workers worried about their posture, families who refer each other to take care of their health, people who start seeing me while they're in chemo and continue in my care as they recover, and people who are in hospice and just need a gentle break," Phillips said. "My work is effective, gentle, thoughtful and individualized."

Clients describe Phillips as caring, competent and thorough. The studio is located in an acupuncture clinic and the light filled space helps clients to feel calm the moment they walk in the door. Hands of Solace also lives up to its name with an active program of support for charities. The studio recently donated $500 for hurricane victims, and is a business sponsor for Maggie's Bright Side Cancer Card. Cardholders are people with an active cancer diagnosis and receive discounts on local services.

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