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Offering healing assistance through massage

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By Doug Ponder

A local massage business is striving to relax and rehabilitate people in LaRue County through massage therapy.

Keep in Touch Massage Therapy is located at Smith’s Plaza on 928 Old Elizabethtown Road in Hodgenville. They are open Monday through Saturday by appointment only.

Owner Barbara Ruteck is a graduate of the Natural Health Institute in Bowling Green and she is a licensed and nationally board certified massage therapist. She said she made house calls and worked several other jobs before opening her business at Smith’s Plaza in 2005.

“I have always been interested in massage therapy and it has always been my dream to open my own massage business,” Ruteck said. “I’m always been the person in the family that will massage and rub my family members shoulders at the Thanksgiving table. I love being a massage therapist and I love what I do.”

At Keep In Touch Massage Therapy, there are three different sessions. The first session lasts for 30 minutes and works a specific problem area for the client, the second session lasts for an hour and is a full body massage and the 90 minute session is a full body massage with extra time to address other problem areas of the client. Ruteck said she also has a chair massage in a professional massage chair that is another way to relieve stress and tension.

“I stagger my appointments and people will say they feel like they are my only client. I want to make it personal for them and cater to their needs,” Ruteck said. “If someone has shoulder pain and they are uncomfortable lying on a table, I have a massage chair they can sit in instead. Everything is adjusted to the customers’ level of comfort.”

Ruteck said she has clients who are receiving therapy for motor vehicle accidents, amusement park ride injuries, sports injuries and other “general wear and tear on the body.” She said that a lot of people are often confused about the difference between massage therapy and chiropractic therapy.

“I see people with all kinds of injuries and massage therapy is a combination of moving tissue and trigger points which help those injuries. Everyone has to fill out an intake form because if they have sicknesses or are on certain medications, it can affect everything,” Ruteck said. “I work with muscles where a chiropractor works with the bones. There is a huge difference.”

Ruteck went on to say that she appreciates how everyone in Hodgenville and LaRue County has embraced her. She said she wants to continue to help LaRue Countians in the future.

“I have helped 944 individual people during my almost ten years here and a lot of them are returning clients,” Rutecki said. “The body heals itself and massage aids it. My goal is to always aid the healing process. If you have an issue, I want to help you.”

For more information about Keep In Touch Massage Therapy, call 270-765-8715 or email barbara@keepintouch-massagetherapy.com.