Boating brings massage therapist to Perry
Story and photo by Carolyn Kaberline
A faint lavender scent permeates the dimly lit room as soft music plays in the background. The room is comfortably warm as massage therapist Stacie Madden uses a variety of oils and creams to ferret out painful muscles and sore spots.
“Arnica is used for pain and bruising,” Madden explains. “Tiger balm ultra is used for spot therapy. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory,” she adds, noting that each of the creams and oils she uses has a special purpose.
During the course of the massage, Madden uses a variety of techniques including Swedish, reflexology, trigger point, mifascia, lymphatic, cranio-sacro, reflex analysis, neurovascular and neuromuscular, deep tissue and sports massage and a variety of individual therapies depending on the patient’s needs.
“Each of these has a particular use,” Madden says, explaining that some of the techniques release physical pain while others focus on emotional pain.
She also explains that the dim lights help with relaxation while the warm room ensures the patient’s comfort.
After thoroughly rubbing the patient’s muscles, she proceeds to a quick chopping motion over the length of the patient’s body in order to balance the high and low energies in the meridians or acupuncture points.
“The percussion also helps with the circulation,” Madden explains.
Since she works out of the Perry Lake Chiropractic and Wellness Center, she often refers patrons to Dr. Filberth to remove deeper problems; she also gives homework to some of her clients, asking them to follow up their visits by performing stretches or drinking more water to remove the toxins and lactic acid buildup in their bodies.
Madden has been involved with massage techniques since her childhood: although she knew none of the actual techniques at the time, she often massaged her father’s back when he would come in with stiff muscles after working on the family’s farms north of Kansas City.
After graduating from Parkville High School, she attended UMKC where she majored in vocal music. However, it wasn’t long before she entered the Cleveland Chiropractic School and took psychology and pre-med classes. Since there were not really any programs for those interested in massage in the early 1980s, she learned most of the techniques she uses today through classes—ranging from basic to advanced—presented by top professional massage therapists and trainers. She also learned from additional apprenticeships and a variety of further advanced work, classes, and seminars offered by “many incredibly talented and sincerely caring doctors.” In addition, Madden has also taught classes and offered seminars in advanced massage therapy techniques.
She was soon offering massages at Pierre’s in Swanson’s on the Plaza. There most of her clients were interested in massages for relaxation, but she did travel to area nursing homes to work on the residents at the request of some of her clients.
It was there that she became more interested in the use of massage for therapy and began working with Drs. Mladendoff and Yenney in Kansas City, where word of her skills soon got around; she was often called in by other doctors to help with their patients.
Later she began working with Dr. Filberth, whom she still works with at the Perry Chiropractic Wellness Center.
“I’ve been working with Dr. Filberth for twenty years,” she says.
During her years in Kansas City she often worked on members of the Kansas City Chiefs football team and even celebrities like actor Beau Bridges.
“The Chiefs players used to say ‘she’s little, but mighty,’” she says with a chuckle.
Her relocation to the Perry area came with the purchase of a boat.
“I’ve always loved the water, and enjoyed boating,” Madden says. “And when my son and granddaughter found a place near the lake, I moved in with them.”
Although retired, when Dr. Filberth opened his Perry office, Madden joined him in his practice. She is now available for massages consisting of integrated therapies on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Appointments can be made by calling the clinic at (785) 597-2400 or Madden at (816) 589-5550.
“Most massages last a half hour to an hour,” Madden says, “but getting people to feel better is the main goal.”
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