Focus Bodywork is again on the move.  Not far though, just across the parking lot into #2C starting Monday, March 31, 2014.  This is a larger suite where we will have more treatment rooms and an exercise/movement therapy area to accommodate our clients’ needs more fully.

We are also so excited to announce that Focus Bodywork now has a resident physical therapist, Esther Smith, DPT, Cert. MDT.  Esther is an amazing manual physical therapist who specializes in treating athletes.  The collaboration of massage and physical therapy will allow us to treat soft tissue injuries, address structural and joint limitations, and create comprehensive rehabilitation plans.  We will work together as a team of experts providing a seamless plan to get clients back to doing what they love.

A bit more about Esther:

Esther Smith

Esther Smith

Esther received her doctorate of physical therapy degree from the University of Utah.  Since graduation, she has worked in the orthopedic setting with a particular focus on the management of musculoskeletal problems and sport performance.

Her goal is to offer clients education and treatment that addresses the cause of their symptoms and aids in the prevention of future injury, so that clients can get back to living life faster and pain-free.

Time with Esther means one-on-one, hands-on sessions that focus on client self-treatment education, tailored exercise and manual therapy including spine and joint mobilization. Esther is also certified in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy™ and is a Restorative Exercise Specialist™. This additional training provides her with an assessment process that allows her to reach a mechanical diagnosis and produce an appropriate treatment plan for complaints such as:

  • Spine pain and referred pain into the limbs
  • Spinal disc pathologies
  • Joint stiffness and pain
  • Muscle problems including spasms and tendonitis/tendonosis
  • Intermittent numbness in hands or feet

In her free time, Esther enjoys cooking up good food gathered from local producers, testing her movement theory rock climbing in Utah’s wild places and generally playing outside with friends and family.

And Focus Bodywork’s growth does not end there!

Shannon is pregnant with her first (a girl), and will be on maternity leave for the month of July.  We are already discussing how to continue support for Shannon’s clients while she is out of the office to ensure there are no gaps in care.

Thank you so much for fueling our growth.  It is a dream of ours to create a team of sports minded therapists working together to meet the needs of the athletic community along the Wasatch Front.  It is so exciting to see this dream move into reality!

By Emma Maaranen

And Then There Were Three!

Margaret2We are excited to announce that Focus Bodywork has added another amazing therapist to its team!  Welcome Margaret Madsen.

Margarets childhood fascination of the natural world led her to earn a graduate degree in vertebrate paleontology.  After ten plus years working with fossils, Margaret looked to work with bones in motion and eagerly completed her national certification as a massage therapist in 2011.

Applying her unique understanding of anatomy to the quirks of the human body is one of Margaret’s strengths.  She incorporates orthopedic massage and deep tissue techniques to her sports massage therapy session, and recommends exercises based on her experience as a yoga instructor.  She also practices cranial sacral therapy, and when appropriate, incorporates this light tough modality into her work.

Margaret loves to hike in the Wasatch Mountains and keeping up with the real athlete of the family – her dog.  She can talk for hours about all aspects of food and freely admits her favorite hobby is puttering about the house and yard.

With the addition of Margaret, we will be better able to meet the needs of our clients.  We will have:

* Last minute sessions available weekly for those unforeseen massage emergencies such as the inevitable hamstring tension that develops the week before a big race

*Friday appointments

*Referral networks between several sports medicine doctors and physical therapists

*Community classes on self-massage, sports injury physiology and “anatomy for athletes”

We invite you to experience the excellent clinical work Margaret has to share.  As she grows her clientele we are offering a $55 introductory rate for a sixty minute massage therapy session with Margaret.  Call or text us to set up your appointment (801) 359-5149

By Emma Maaranen