The Owens lend a hand to ailing golfers through massage
By BILL PIECUCH
For The Vista
Grumpy and harboring throbbing upper leg stiffness after nine holes, Jimmy Kowalski gingerly enters Terry Owens’ therapeutic massage studio located a quick turn off of Peavine Road into Village Square.
“How’s it going?” asks a smiling Owens.
“Crappy,” was the annoyed, one word description. And, then, after a brief verbal description of the pain and discomfort he was experiencing, Owens directs Kowalski into an adjoining room with two massage tables.
Within five minutes there was Kowalski covered by a glistening white sheet, his body fully stretched and lying flat on his tummy.
Terry Owens entered and Jimmy Kowalski would be the beneficiary of a master masseuse whose touches have enlivened, energized and revitalized Fairfield Glade clients for nearly a decade.
The profession of massage therapy has grown, and more people are investing time and money in feeling better. Massage is often used for specific reasons, such as relief from pain, stress reduction, or, as in the case of Jimmy Kowalski, perhaps both, with emphasis probably on enhancement of athletic performance.
“How does that feel?” asks Owens about 10 minutes into the massage.
“Better,” replies Kowalski, “much better.”
Owens now nimbly pushes a muscle in the upper portion of Kowalski’s right leg. “Hurt here?” “Yes,” is an immediate, reflexive reply.
Recent statistics indicate 53 percent of male and 45 percent of female golfers suffer from low back pain. In the golf crazed Fairfield Glade, those numbers could be construed as a minor epidemic.
Researchers agree that most injuries, affecting male golfers especially, are related to improper swing mechanics. Amateur or weekend golfers typically fall victim to mechanics. Professional golfers, though also suffer as noted by their withdrawals from a several tournaments last year. Again, the culprit is simply overuse of key muscles.
While successful treatment of golf related injuries not only requires swing modifications, therapeutic massage has documented benefits for any golfer. The reason, says Owens, is because muscle tissue cells have a better chance of recovery when post game tightness is avoided by therapeutic massage.
Nature’s Way Massage owners Terry Owens and his wife Delores Owens have two daughters and five grand children. They settled in the Glade area in 1994 by opening a natural remedy health store.
In 1997 they fortuitously combined their knowledge of holistic, natural health life solutions by becoming certified massage therapists and graduates of Somatic Therapy Program at nearby Roane State Community College. They have since extended their skills by becoming certified in Healing Arts Massage – which is akin to post graduate massage training.
Nature’s Way Massage is located at 3996 Peavine Rd. at Village Square. They can be reached by calling 931 456 5055. They are also at the Glade Community Center on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Nearly an hour has passed. Terry Owens quietly tells a hazy and limp Jimmy Kowalski that the session has been completed. Jimmy nods and slowly arises from the massage table as Owens’ departs. Minutes later the door from the massage room opens and the once glum-faced massage recipient now exhibits a quietly satisfied smile.
“How do you feel?” asks Owens.
“Well,” he pauses, and with a twinkle says, ”I’ll tell you tomorrow after nine holes.” As he turns to leave, Kowalski smiles warmly and says, “Thanks, Terry.”
(Bill Piecuch can be reached at [email protected])