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'Honor Your Body' with Massage Therapy

By Lois Thomson

When Carrie Shaley's mom, Carol, encouraged her to open a massage business, Carrie insisted she didn't know how to go about it. Carol got the idea because her daughter had suffered from chronic migraines since she was 10 years old, and eventually tried massage therapy. "I had to take a break from college because the migraines were so bad I couldn't focus," Carrie recalled. "Someone told me to check into massage therapy, that it might help. I took a non-credit introduction to massage and fell in love with it, and I applied to the massage therapy program at CCAC."

Carrie explained that during this time, her mom was working at CCAC as the director of child care development. "But the school was closing all child care centers and she was going to be without a job. She wanted her own business and said we should open a massage business." Even after Carrie graduated and was licensed for a year she was hesitant, but added, "I opened it for her because that's what she wanted to do, and it flourished from there."

Carrie Shaley said the massage therapy at Honor Your Body is customized to each individual's needs. When clients come in the therapists focus on their particular injury, and as they are healed they can end the sessions or come in for maintenance. "It depends on their schedule and what their body needs. That's how we came up with the business name 'Honor Your Body,' because you're honoring what your body is telling you. If your body is saying 'I need this, the massage is helping me,' you're honoring your body by coming in and doing what you can."

Located in Dormont, Honor Your Body – an LGBTQIA+ small business – opened in 2015. It offers a variety of massage therapies such as deep tissue, to remove severe tension; Swedish, the classic massage; oncology, for people with cancer histories; and medical massage, to address muscle and skeletal issues as diagnosed by a doctor.

The Honor Your Body therapists also do couples massages, as well as prenatal massage, which can be done throughout the pregnancy. "We have ways of positioning clients to make them comfortable, because their body is going through quite an ordeal," Carrie said, but added the people who would most benefit from massage therapy are those dealing with chronic pain or who suffered an injury. "The main thing we've dealt with over the past few years is insurance work, including auto and workers' compensation claims. We're one of very few that contract for services with the VA for massage for veterans. They've gone through a lot and are still trying to acclimate to civilian life. Helping them manage pain and stress is a good part of what we're doing with them."

One special feature of Honor Your Body is the various products the business offers. Carrie said, "We wanted to use massage lotions for the sessions, but the products from other companies didn't feel good to me. My mom was always crafty – for example, she makes her own soap. So I asked her, 'Can you make massage lotion?'" Carol tweaked a recipe she found online, and Carrie said the company started adding a variety of products including soaps, candles, essential oils, lip balms, scrubs, lotions.

For more information, call (412) 212-0231 or visit www.honoryourbodywellness.com.



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