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Misty Williams Takes Your Laundry List at Misty Williams Massage Therapy

By Jake Levin

Misty Williams needed to love her job, whatever it was destined to be. She wanted it to be something that could help people, but also have it align with who she is as a person. Williams has always loved 'doing' and creating, she said, tasks involving working with her hands, solving problems and interacting with people one-to-one. Add it all together and it was a no brainer for Williams to open up her very own massage therapy practice, Misty Williams Massage Therapy, in Burlington, Vt./p>

"Massage therapy allows me to combine all of my skills, interests and manifest my vision for a meaningful livelihood," Williams said.

Williams takes a keen interest in each of her clients over the six years she's owned Misty Williams Massage Therapy, beginning each session with a simple question: "How are you feeling today," wanting to figure out exactly what is bothering them.

"Give me your laundry list," she'll tell her clients. "Just listening can be helpful to people. Being fully present for them and offering a moment to slow down, to connect with their body."

Cupping is a technique where Williams utilizes a method popularized in Asian medicine thousands of years ago. The suction-like method lifts up tissues and also frees up the therapist's hands to massage other areas of the body.

"It's like having an extra set of hands," Williams said of cupping, which can be of great benefit to those with chronic pain.

Essential oils are another big part of the program at Misty Williams Massage Therapy. Williams loves essential oils because they are powerful, effective medicine akin to herbs. Despite these benefits, Williams believes essential oils are underused in modern medicine.

Misty Williams

Perhaps the best aspect of essential oils for Williams is their collective aroma, which can be of countless benefits to the human body. There are gastric imbalances for which they can help, it is antibacterial and antiviral and can relieve stress.

Williams plans on becoming a nationally certified aroma therapist once she completes her Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree.

"I use them because they assist me in having an increased positive effect with my clients," Williams said of the essential oils. "Everyone walks in the office and smiles, saying how wonderful it smells. I haven't even touched them yet! Without getting too detailed, every oil has an aromatic and chemical profile and has specific beneficial properties. There continues to be more biomedical research confirming thousands of years of ancient knowledge of what oils are best for what symptoms. Oil aromas inherently affect mood as well as having physiologically benefits when applied topically."

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