I’ve been getting monthly massages for 4 years. I’ve had deep tissue massage from chain massage studios and Ashiatsu studios. They have all been great for removing knots and tightness. I’ve had 3 massages by Gretchen Mackowick at Protege Fitness. Gretchen provides so much more than your average massage; Gretchen is a healer. She has an uncanny ability to identify the source of the knots and tightness. I have stenosis in my lower back (narrowing of the openings in my vertebrae that put pressure on the nerves). I also have chronic neck pain from arthritis. She is the first person to affect real relief in my symptoms, releasing muscles that aggravated my pain. I have noticed a significant shift in mobility and less pain in my hips/legs. Her specialized training in neck massage has also eased my neck stiffness. This is a HUGE help in my goals to maintain my strength and mobility as I move into my middle 60s. If you’re looking for just a “feel good” massage, she can do that, too. But, if you want lasting relief and healing…go see Gretchen!
I have had to get massages on a regular basis for the last 10 years to make sure my body wasn’t in pain from a few past injuries. I also get massage to help with preventative care on my body to keep it as tip top shape as possible to prevent injuries. The first massage I had from Gretchen I was very very pleased! She is very intuitive and has the ability to see what is going on with your body with her hands. (There aren’t many therapist out there that can) I didn’t have to tell her what areas I needed help with during and after the massage she had told me the 4 problems area I had and what we needed to do about them. The biggest shock was I only knew about 3, the 4th was another issue that I was not aware of and so happy we caught it before a possible injury. I love that after every massage she explains what she wants me to help with the issues and very impressed at the records she keeps after each massage. We have gone back over past records to see progress and it is very cool going over some them and be able to see, read and feel the difference. It is so awesome to have a massage therapist and natural healer as talented and detail oriented as she is. I know my body will be better every time and is in the best hands!!
Gretchen is a true professional. I started massage therapy with her as part of a rehab program after I tore the meniscus in my knee. She identified the areas on my body that were causing me to put stress on my knee. Through a series of treatments, she was able to unlock my hips and get the proper muscles working. She knows her stuff, and you will be amazed at how good you feel.
Gretchen is the best massage therapist I know. She’s helped me relieve muscle pain I’ve had for years and continues to help me keep it gone. Very knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. I highly recommend Gretchen.