By Solomon Gustavo
COKATO, MN Cokato’s newest massage therapist is in. Connecticut transplant Ginny Brazee recently opened Gingerly Healing in the Town Center Mall, offering different massages and treatments in hopes of alleviating Cokato’s aches and pains.
Moving to Cokato in 2008, with her son, who now attends DC High School, Brazee began gaining experience in massage therapy in late 2012, and became a certified massage therapist in 2013.
“I always wanted to do it,” Brazee said. Working formerly in legal administration, she said she used to talk about massage all of the time until, one day, her boyfriend told her to quit her job and go to school.
Brazee did just that, saying that from “the very first night we started massage in school, I knew that was exactly what I needed to be doing.”
Brazee said she cares for the community, and that it, particularly the school district, has welcomed her and her son with open arms.
She explained that she practices massage to help people and has opened this location to offer her beloved community what she calls a “safe place, where people want to feel better.”
The source of pain that Brazee addresses while practicing her massage therapy is “not necessarily physical all of the time,” she said. Physical ailments can just as easily manifest from emotional neglect as physical, said Brazee, adding that she can recognize if a physical habit is causing strain on a particular muscle. Cultivating a psychologically safe environment means patrons are comfortable to allow themselves to confront their emotions, to reflect on the metaphysical stressor that may influence their physical well- being.
An example is when one reacts to a thought or responsibility by “holding” which is, Brazee explains, when one has the tick of “lifting” or “tightening” their shoulder at the onset of a particular notion.
“I need to have a place where (people) are comfortable and can release completely,” said Brazee, who recently repainted her space with a tone-setting deep-dark blue.
Gingerly Healing officially opened its doors July 1, taking over Toni Thorson’s massage space, and even some of her clientele a gracious gesture for which Brazee expressed her gratitude.
“She was literally handing me a business,” Brazee said of Thorson.
Brazee does her own graphic design, creating her brochures and gift certificates. She has, and will hand out certificates for a free 30-minute massage, and the opportunity to upgrade that free half hour to a 60-minute massage for $25.
Brazee offers seven different services.
• Esalen/relaxation involves “long, sweeping” massage strokes,” per the brochure.
• Reflexology treatment is for those who wish to pursue relief through their feet. The treatment, according to the brochure, is a “system of pressing points on the feet to stimulate various organs, glands and body systems to affect overall health.”
• Sports massage is for treatment “before, during and after athletic training and competition.”
• Deep-tissue, hot stone, hot/cold stone therapy, and chair massage are also offered. Massage times range from 30-90 minutes.
According to Brazee, the benefits of massage include; headache and stress relief, chronic pain relief, increased metabolism, muscle relaxation, faster healing, general health improvement, arthritis pain relief, joint mobilization, and circulation improvement.
Gingerly Healing is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.