With its high-energy throws and snarling taunts, televised wrestling definitely helps many participants let off steam. But in-between bouts, many wrestlers duck backstage to try another method of tension release: a massage with licensed therapist Ashley Liles. For years, Ashley has administered her practiced kneads to WWE wrestlers and other athletes, plying chronic sore spots with deep-tissue techniques. At Message By Massage, she applies similar expertise to non-sports clients as well, in the belief that massage can help anyone better understand their body's needs.
Olive walls and flickering candles set a calming scene inside her treatment room at Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness. There, she addresses aches with a variety of techniques and tools, including smooth, warm stones for hot-stone massages or cathartic rounds of tiddlywinks. On top of her regular duties, Ashley also travels offsite for volunteer work, including complimentary chair massages at health fairs, teachers' benefits, and other functions.