A new massage therapist comes to town

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By Kirsten Laskey

Feeling stiff, cramped or tense? Christa Helbling, a licensed massage therapist, can help with that.

Helbling is setting up shop at Los Alamos Chiropractic, located in the Mary Deal Building at 2610 Trinity Drive. She will be available from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays for the next four weeks, starting June 15. After working for a period of time in Switzerland, Helbling will return to Los Alamos starting on Sept. 7.

She offers her clients a lot of experience. Helbling has provide bodywork and massage for 20 years, with some breaks. She has worked for the past 10 years in Santa Fe.

Helbling said she decided to offer her services in Los Alamos after getting some encouragement from her friends.

“I have friends working here,” she said, “that think it still needs more massage therapists because there is a need or message therapy.”

Helbling said she got started in message therapy while working as a mid-wife in Switzerland. During this time, she explained there were doulas or helpers so she provided massages to child-baring women in the hospital.

It’s work she discovered she enjoyed. “It is touching all these different people and listening to their bodies, their stories and help them find comfort living in their bodies,” Helbling said.

Message, she explained, “Is to provide safety and comfort. To let go of tension therefore providing a safe environment to let happen what happens in the moment.”

The benefits of massage include relieving pain in the shoulders, improving posture and giving more range of motion in the neck.

Additionally, treatments can also alleviate nausea, swelling and pain in the hip, back, and hips.

Helbling’s services include shiatsu, Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, hot and cold stones, and subtle energy manipulation for pregnant women.

She said her life’s work is in the Life Impression Bodywork is movement exploration from the Feldenkrais® tradition of learning through movement.  

However, every massage is tailored to the client and based on their needs.

Helbling said she conducts a short interview with the client and adjust the modalities to best meet their needs.

To make an appointment, call 505-820-1096.