Aye, there’s the rub.
Massage therapy dates back before Hippocrates but is still somehow perceived as “new age.” The Greeks and the Chinese knew the benefits of a good rubdown 4,000 years ago. They also knew it was good business.
“I think we massage therapists should get together and educate people about massage and what massage therapy can do for them to get rid of pain and stress and improve their quality of life,” said Josefina Jacinto, who recently opened Helping Hands in Cottonwood.
Jacinto’s interests are in alternative healing, which includes massage therapy, reflexology, reiki and ear coning.
She also emphasizes the great care she has for her clientele and her willingness to help with their problems.
“Based on the fact that the body is programmed to heal itself, what I try to do is practice therapies that stimulate the body to heal and get rid of stress, the culprit of most diseases,” she said.
Jacinto originally ran her Healing Hands in Apple Valley in Southern California for two and a half years. She came to the Verde Valley when her husband was offered employment at Phoenix Cement.
“After coming to visit the area, we loved it and decided to make the move,” she said.
She is a certified massage therapist and attended medical school a Portuguese university for two years.
She now runs her business at 751 E. Aspen.
“What I hope for is to be able to help as many people as possible to live a happy and healthy life without stress or pain,” Jacinto said.
Healing Hands is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday by appointment only. Jacinto can be reached at 649-2480.