If you live near Grand Rapids, wowie zowie, I have an awesome licensed therapeutic massage therapist for you. Nancy Hanks, LMT, NMT, OMERI has been eliminating neck kinks, unwinding stress and alleviating headaches and back pain for me for about 2 years now.
I like to consider myself a bit of a massage therapist expert, because I’ve been to a lot of them! I used to work at a YMCA next to a massage therapy institute, and had several friends that would routinely give me massages for practice. That’s when I gained an appreciation for the health benefits of massage, as well as how well it helps me relax.
Asking around to find out who the best massage therapist is in the area is something I’ve done for a long time, I’ve stuck with Nancy because she is hands-down (no pun intended) the best massage therapist I’ve ever been to. One of the things I appreciate about her, is the extensive training she’s had. Nancy has more certificates than I’ve ever seen on a massage therapist’s wall, and she continues to expand her training. When I asked Nancy about all the certificates, she actually said, “Oh, those, I should update them, I need more frames, I have 5 more certificates at home,” … and she wasn’t kidding. She also pays careful attention to the quality of the products she uses on her client’s skin, choosing carefully thought out oils and scents that are healthy options. I also appreciate her attitude, she genuinely cares about her clients and means it when she says, “I can’t believe how lucky I am do be doing this for a career.” It shows when someone loves what they are doing.
One of her several areas of expertise is myofascial release massage, it’s a way of unwinding the fascia, which tends to bunch up and cause problems over time. I recently referred Nancy to a friend who have been in a rollover car accident after crashing into a semi truck at 70 MPH. My friend, who is very lucky to be alive, went to Nancy the day after the wreck, hoping that she would avoid problems with whiplashand sore muscles. Afterwards, she called and told me that “Nancy saved my a–,” and “I can’t believe that I feel this good after that wreck, I could barely move before I went to Nancy, she’s the best massage therapist I’ve ever been to.”
If you’re interested in a therapeutic massage session with Nancy, she charges $70 an hour. Her spa-like massage therapy room is soothing, relaxing and located in a pleasant office building in the Ada, Cascade area on Old 28th Street that she shares with her husband, Dr. Brian Hanks, a talented local chiropractor.
To schedule a massage, Nancy Hanks can be reached at 763-300-9844.