Maintaining optimal performance through massage therapy | Local News

A Hemingford native who went on to become a licensed massage therapist is using her skills to not only ease muscle pain and tension, but to help people maintain their well-being.

Brooke Foster, a 2011 Hemingford High School graduate, decided to try massage therapy school from the suggestion of her grandfather, Jim Bruns. It didn’t take long at all for Foster to realize she made the right decision.

“A short time in to school I discovered I was right where I needed to be as I excelled in anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology and the small class and “family” like environment gave me the tools I needed to succeed in my future career,” Foster said. “Shortly into clinicals I learned that I really found my niche while working on people that needed healing and relief. I was putting my compassionate personality to work and I knew I was right where I needed to be.”

After completing the Midwest School of Massage Therapy program, Foster passed the state board exam to become a licensed massage therapist. She also traveled to Palo Alto, Calif., in the spring of 2014 for an advanced sports massage class to learn under Gisele Griffin, a seasoned professional sports therapist.

After massage school, Foster became a massage therapist for Monument Physical Therapy. After gaining experience and growing a clientele base, she decided it was time to test the waters as an entrepreneur. She opened Foster Massage and Wellness in the spring of 2015.

Foster offers prenatal massage, sports/injury massage, swedish massage, deep tissue massage and fascial stretching. She also occasionally uses Rock Tape, a kinesiology tape. She also hopes to offer cupping therapy and hot stone massage soon.

Foster makes sure to taper each session to the individual’s needs, wants and goals.

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