ST. GEORGE – “How do you want to be healed?” It may seem like an unconventional question coming from the healer but that is exactly what you will hear when you enter the doors of Total Balance Health Wellness and Training Center – a physical and emotional healing center combining elements of massage, stretching, education and training to create a better, pain-free you.
It’s not that business owner Jared Gough, a licensed massage therapist and equine sports massage therapist (yes he can work on your horse, too) doesn’t know what he is doing. In fact, with over 12 years experience, having seen about 14,000 clients, Gough said, he is somewhat of an expert.
So why ask the question? The answer is twofold: One, because, as Gough said, people are most aware of their own bodies – meaning they are best equipped to know where they are hurting and how they want the problem resolved even if the answer is just that they want the pain to go away; two, Gough said, he wants to heal a person at the problem not at the symptom.
Gough often sees clients suffering from pain, he said, for example, knee pain that is only a symptom of a chain reaction of muscle compensation that probably started in the hip.
“So we ask questions in here,” Gough said, “that is how we get a basic means to write a plan for you.”
Throughout his years of experience Gough has developed his own technique for hands-on healing designed to get at the root of the problem and said that, despite his licensing, he isn’t your touchy-feely spa masseur preferring instead to be called a “muscle alignment specialist.”
It is a self-given title but one more applicable to what he does at Total Balance Health Wellness and Training Center.
“What we treat in here is we treat the problem which is the muscles,” Gough said, “if the muscles are in alignment, the body goes back into alignment … and 95 percent of the time the pain goes away.”
Gough’s technique is set apart from other forms of healing that tend to concentrate on bone and spine alignment because, he said, there are over 600 muscles in the body and only 206 bones, comparing the body to a tent.
“If you were to set up a tent and put only one tent pole in, then let it go, it would fall over,” Gough said. “Well, that is our skeletal system … our bones give us something for our muscles to attach to and if one of those muscles gets tight, that is what pulls the bones out; so what we focus on here is the massage and aligning the muscles.”
And unlike other treatments that see a patient returning for monthly or even weekly alignments, Gough hopes, if he is doing his job well, you won’t have to come back that often, he said.
“Our objective here is that we don’t want you to keep coming back,” Gough said, “If you are coming back once a week with no results then we have got to do something differently.”
Total Balance is a training center. Clients are taught proper rest and stretching techniques, for example, that help maintain muscle length and alignment.
“That is what this whole wellness thing is, that is why we are a training center too,” Gough said, “we teach people, we educate them.”
But perhaps what makes Gough and by extension Total Balance Health Wellness and Training Center so unique is the passion he has for what he does and the amazing piece of work he believes the body is and, with the proper maintenance, what it has the potential to be.
“Our bodies are amazing machines,” Gough said, “people can run 26 miles, people can do triathlons, people can ride 100 miles on a bike and still get up in a week and go do it again; our bodies are, our bodies are: yummy.”
Though Gough sees a variety of clients, with marathon training in full-swing, Senior Games approaching and an ever growing list of exercise fads cropping up all over town, he said, now is the time for athletes – be it weekend warriors or hard core fitness enthusiasts – to get in to his office and assess their body and take the proper steps to keeping it healthy and performing the way they want it to.
Steps that include symptom analysis, finding the problem and aligning those muscles, and getting educated on how to maintain that fine-tuned and yummy machine because, he said, if you don’t take care of your muscles those little pains will get worse and they won’t just go away.
“In here, through the power of touch,”Gough said, “we can help prolong any athlete’s life, if the muscles work better, the tendons feel better, the joints move better.”
Clients can expect a comfortable atmosphere that allows them to remain fully clothed during treatment, fully relaxed to facilitate better healing.
Gough’s technique – a method he has now passed on to Kory Heaton, another massage therapist in his office – releases the problem and realigns the body without irritating the muscle so while it may hurt a little, Gough said, the patient is surprised to get up from the table and rarely experience soreness.
Gough offers 50, 80 and 110 minute massages and also offers emotional healing classes – a field he got into after a personal tragedy, he said – and accepts all forms of payment; cash, checks and credit cards.
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TOTAL BALANCE HEALTH AND WELLNESS
- Address: 107 South 1470 East, St. George, Suite 304
- Phone: 435-313-5273
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