By: Shelly Robinson | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: September 2010
Emily Bush, certified massage therapist, says her primary goal is to make people feel better.
Emily Bush says she has loved the idea of being a massage therapist since she was a little girl growing up in Colorado. “My mom was a massage therapist, and I saw how she could make people feel better, even if they were suffering from an injury or chronic pain.” She says the idea that her mother was focusing all her attention on one client for an entire hour was very appealing to her. “I saw how much better people felt after they’d gotten a massage, and I wanted to help people too.”
Emily explains that massage therapy helps relieve stress, encourages faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments, reduces pain and swelling, and can reduce the formation of excessive scar tissue. Enhanced skin health, improved posture and improved circulation are benefits, as well as increased endurance and a strengthened immune system.
A recent transplant from Boulder, Colorado, Emily is now at home in Owasso and has a newly remodeled studio located at 9214 N. Garnett Rd., in the historic blue house across the street from Hobby Lobby. With rich orange walls and cool air, Emily’s Touch Massage Therapy Studio provides a calm and welcoming atmosphere.
Emily started her business while a student at the University of Colorado. She has over 1,000 hours of training from both the Massage Therapy Institute of Colorado and the Healing Arts Institute in Ft. Collins, Colorado, where she graduated as a certified massage therapist. She is a member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals.
Emily’s Touch provides a wide array of massage methods including structural analysis, pre-natal, sports injury, hot stone, neuromuscular, trigger point therapy, joint range of motion, reflexology, and Swedish relaxation, among others. She has helped many people with migraines to open up their neck and get release from pain, and specializes in deep tissue massage.
One of Emily’s most memorable success stories was a client in Colorado who had range of motion issues and had been through multiple surgeries. He came for weekly massage therapy for 12 weeks and recovered full range of motion, plus a major decrease of back pain. “When I have a patient walk away feeling better and more relaxed, I know I am fulfilling my purpose.”
Emily uses all organic and hypoallergenic products and has many essential oils available that can be customized to the client’s preference. Emily’s Touch offers gift certificates and discounted packages for 60 or 90 minute massages; buy four and get the fifth free. Emily’s Touch offers discounts for service members including military, police and fire.
Whether it’s a long day in the office or a long weekend out in the yard, there is nothing like a great massage to calm and relax you. “It sounds cliché, but it’s not just about making money for me,” says Emily. “I really care about my customers and want to help them live well in their bodies.”
In addition to massages, Emily offers body treatments as well. "I offer four different kinds of mud wraps: detox, hydrating/intense moisturizing, aromatherapy, and — best of all — skin firming." These treatments can be done a la carte or add-ons to a massage.
Appointments are available for Emily’s Touch Sunday through Friday.