From Our Editors
Trigger Point Massage’s therapist, Alma Frankenstein, began her working life as a beekeeper on an organic farm. Though that job kept her isolated from other people, Alma says that it actually allowed her to learn certain skills that translate to her work as a massage therapist—skills such as being patient, maintaining quietude, and ensuring that people don’t smell too strongly of flowers. In both situations, the practitioner has to pay close attention to the needs of her subject, which can be communicated both verbally and nonverbally, through a carefully orchestrated dance.
Alma now works as a massage therapist who isn’t content to just foster relaxation; rather, she uses deep-tissue trigger-point therapy to unknot muscles that have been tightly wound by repetitive motion and strain, poor posture, and injury. With the help of unscented organic coconut oil, she un-kinks these muscles in a quiet room with live plants that flourish in the rays of natural light. A table warmer chases away the chill, and an electric fan adds a breeze on warm days.