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Angie's List: Massage therapy for mom

A massage can be a great way to help relieve pain and stress and it could be the perfect gift for mom this Mother's Day.

Danielle Frey is a massage therapist.

"If someone wants to come in and relax I'm going to use mostly swedish techniques. If someone is coming in for pain relief I'm going to add in some trigger points, deep tissue work, and maybe some myofascial release," said Frey.

For nearly six years, Danielle Bell says massage therapy helped relieve her back pain.

"I have a lot of muscle pain, especially in my upper back. I find that the medications my doctors prescribed don't really address that so I come and get massages from Danielle to address those problems and I find that the massage actually does address the problem rather than covering it up like medication does," said Bell.

Experts say swedish and deep tissue are the most common massages, but there are many techniques available today.

"I've gotten massage for many years just because I have a lot of tension," said consumer, Amy Wallarab.

Wallarab enjoys a massage called Thai yoga which involves stretching and deep muscle work. Frey says it has many benefits.

"Increased flexibility is a big one. It really works deep into the muscles to help relax the muscles. You feel relaxed but also rejuvenated and energized afterwards," said Frey.

Experts say if you are not familiar with massage therapy, ask questions to be sure you are comfortable with the service. Another tip is to ask massage therapists about their education and how they acquired their skills.

"A massage can be a great way to pamper your mom this Mother's Day, but be sure it's going to be something she is going to want to do and is comfortable with," said Angie Hicks, Angie's List founder.

Most states require massage therapists to be licensed, Angie's List says a handful do not.

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