A natural approach to better health

While many people know massage as a tool for relaxation, Kristi Thompson, who owns and operates Southside Massage in South Hill, says it can also be a powerful tool that helps people take charge of their health and wellbeing.

Thompson is a certified massage therapist who has been working in the field since 2005. She opened her storefront at 114 South Hill Avenue in the Lincoln Commerce Center in May after providing therapy in people’s homes and corporate settings throughout the area.

She said the community has welcomed her with open arms, and clients continue to schedule follow-up appointments.

Originally from Raleigh, Thompson said she recognized the healing power in touch as a young girl. She used to massage her father’s arthritic hands for a quarter.

“I saw how good it made him feel and the welcome relief in his face,” she said. “I wanted to learn more about the most basic yet most powerful connection we humans have, the power of touch.”

While working as a dental assistant, Thompson obtained a degree in therapeutic massage from PittCommunity College in Greenville, N.C.

She has continued her education since then, receiving multiple certifications in different techniques and disciplines of massage, and is currently studying animal massage for canines and equines.

Several of her specialties include Neural Reset Therapy, which achieves muscular pain relief by working directly with the nervous system, and Trigger Point Therapy, a technique that uses deep stroking massage and compression/inhibition techniques blended together in a choreographed algorithm.

“It all depends on the client,” she said. “You don’t always do one modality or one type of massage.”

She also offers corporate on-site seated massage throughout the South Hill area.

“Offering massage in your workplace as part of a wellness program can boost employee morale, reduce stress and improve mental performance,” she said.

Thompson said therapeutic massage can play an essential role in a person’s medical wellbeing, especially when dealing with issues such as postural distortion or muscle spasms.

“I’m for chiropractic and any other therapies to balance out each person,” she said. “I think we all need to work together, from the physician to massage therapist to physical therapist to occupational therapist, acupuncturist, depending on the person and their needs and activities of daily living.”

Thompson moved to South Hill in 2010 after marrying her husband, Robbie Thompson, who is retired from the Virginia National Guard and works as a mechanic for the town of South Hill. They have a home in Union Level.

“I love South Hill now, and I can’t imagine going back to city life,” she said.

For more information, call (434) 774-0592, email southsidemassageva@gmail.com, visit the website southsidemassageva.com or look the business up on Facebook.

Featured Photo: Kristi Thompson opened her Southside Massage storefront in May at 114 South Hill Avenue in downtown South Hill.