MAR 2019

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March 2019 • 49 © GETTY IMAGES First Responders Massage (60 min./complimentary) Whispering Winds Therapeutic Touch Rancho Cucamonga, California Designed specifi cally for police offi cers, fi refi ghters and other workers who often fi nd themselves in high-stress emergency situations, this massage focuses on relief and relaxation. "First responders regularly experience pain in the neck, shoulders, legs and feet, due to carrying around heavy equipment and standing all day," explains Traci "Doran" Hawkins, founder of Whispering Winds Therapeutic Touch, a nonprofi t organization that offers complimentary massages to fi rst responders, as well as sick, elderly and special needs patients. The treatment begins with a thorough consultation followed by a scalp massage. Next, Hawkins focuses on the arms, shoulders, neck, legs and feet using a myriad of techniques, including deep tissue, re fl exology and Lomi-Lomi, a Hawaiian modality. Manly Must-Haves: Lomi-Lomi tackles back problems in particular with a powerful approach. "This technique uses the forearms, triceps, heel of the hand and the massage therapist's own body weight to relieve pain," reveals Hawkins. Why Guys Love It: "First responders enjoy the mental break," says Hawkins. "They have so many daily responsibilities, so they really appreciate the chance to relax and unwind."

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