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Local woman gives a healing hand

Necesssary Therapeutics Massage & Bodyworks owner Lewann Babler. Jill Dexheimer photo.

After opening her business in October 2011 Lewann Babler recently moved Necessary Therapeutics Massage & Bodyworks to a new location, 214 N. Main Street.

After sharing a waiting room with Real Fit 6, formerly The Yoga Studio and JMKeller Fitness, LLC, Babler says it is nice to have her own space.

Babler, who trained at Northwestern Health Sciences University's Therapeutic Massage program, offers connective tissue massage (CTM) and MELT Method sessions.

Necessary Therapeutics Massage & Bodyworks' website says that CTM concentrates on the "soft tissue that surrounds, supports, protects, and connects each and every structure in the body."

Babler, who is a certified advanced practitioner of CTM said to imagine "Saran Wrap" that is wrapped tightly around the muscles, when explaining connective tissue.

By using CTM, Babler said she can "elongate the connective tissue system around the muscles, creating more space and allowing the muscles to relax on their own."

She said CTM is ideal for anyone, and her website cites the following benefits: "Relief from chronic pain and tension, much more effectively than traditional massage therapy, providing longer lasting results; increased ease of movement and flexibility; quicker and improved results rehabilitating from injury; enhanced athletic performance; improved posture; enhanced self-awareness and balance; and overall peace and integration throughout the body."

She said while clients lie on a lower table, she elongates the part of the body that she is working on. Babler said with traditional massage, practitioners push or compress into the body, whereas CTM involves sinking in and gliding.

Babler said that clients have described feeling a non-painful taffy pulling sensation -- a deep pull within the body.

During the first session Babler says that she "sees what she can find and focuses on where the restriction is coming from."

"Everyone has a completely unique connective tissue system," said Babler, a UW-River Falls graduate.

She added that she may not always work on the area that is affected, since connective tissue is a global or whole body thing and everything is connected.

The goals for each client are the same: "Get the body integrated and balanced."

CTM sessions are $65 for a 60 minute session and $90 for a 90 minute session. Babler is running a special for new clients -- $55 for a 60 minute session and $75 for a 90 minute session.

Body and Mind

Besides CTM, Babler also offers classes in the self-treatment system, MELT Method.

Babler, the only certified MELT Method practitioner within 200 miles of the Twin Cities, says the method cares for both the connective and neurological systems.

She said the method uses specific techniques and unique tools to re-hydrate and flush the system.

Babler, who is trained in both the hands and feet, said that the MELT Method "facilitates moving things easier and making the body feel better."

While skeptical at first, Babler has herself had great success with the MELT Method.

According to the Necessary Therapeutics Massage & Bodyworks' website, "MELT improves: Flexibility and mobility, posture, the results of exercise, range of motion, sleep and digestion, and overall well-being."

Babler, who graduated from St. Croix Central High School, said that most clients can feel a difference after the first session.

She offers private MELT sessions, which cost $65 for one-on-one, $85 for two participants and $105 for three participants.

An ongoing small-group MELT class is offered from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. The class, which is available for up to three participants, is $35.

Participants will receive a soft MELT ball and instructions on how to use the MELT Method.

In her spare time Babler, who lives in Woodbury, Minn., with her husband Ryan, who is also from the area, likes to spend time outdoors, cheer on the Packers and Badgers, cook, and play with her two rescued pups.

Babler also loves to learn about connective tissue and is glad that she found something that she is so interested in and can get into everyday.

Necessary Therapeutics Massage & Bodyworks is open Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Saturday (twice a month), 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, visit the Necessary Therapeutics Massage & Bodyworks website at NT.

Babler, a Roberts native, said clients can also schedule appointments by calling 715-220-8754, but since she is a "one woman show," she prefers online appointments.

Jillian Dexheimer
Jillian Dexheimer has been a copy editor and reporter for the River Falls Journal since 2011. She previously worked for the River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau. Dexheimer holds a sociology degree from UW-River Falls.
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