For many years, Karlene's Acupuncture and Day Spa has built a reputation for innovative approaches to health care. Now in her beautiful location on Marydale in Soldotna, Karlene is proud to welcome licensed massage therapist Jody Forcum specializing in Tuning Fork Therapy and Lymph Drainage. Born in Pisa, Italy to a U.S. Military family, Jody has lived all over the world. She served in the U.S. Air force until she was honorably discharged in 1985, and decided to pursue a new career in health therapy, graduating from The Edge School of Massage in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Jody moved to Soldotna with her husband, Rick, last summer and is continuing to pursue certification in Acutonics Sound Healing and Oriental medicine.
"Summer in Alaska calls for a lot of physical activity whether you're fishing or running in a marathon, hiking or throwing stones at the beach," says Forcum. "We can offer a lot of relaxation here at Karlene's, stress and tired muscle relief, accident rehabilitation and a variety of healing therapies." Forcum says she likes to customize therapy to the individual's needs by meeting and discussing with them to hear their specific trouble areas. "That way we tackle that specific area, whether with deep tissue work or neuromuscular therapy, suited to their needs," explained Forcum. Jody also offers sound therapy, which deals with tuning forks utilized with massage. "By applying tuning forks to acupuncture points, trigger points and points of pain, we use a noninvasive technique to access the energetic systems within the body. The vibration from the forks follow the body's pathways opening up blockages which in turn brings about transformation which could be anything from relaxing a muscle, easing pain, or an emotional release depending upon the frequency," she told the Dispatch.
Forcum is also trained in a special apparatus that removes toxins from cells by stimulating circulation with the body's lymph system, "I stimulate lymph movement with a gentle, pulsed massage that encourages a faster and more efficient flow of the body's lymph system. The treatment is completely non-invasive and leaves you with a soothing and relaxed sense of well being," says Jody. Forcum is also trained in Hot Stone and Poultice Massage, "In these massages I apply heated stones or poultice bags filled with different herbs and spices to the body to help relax the client mentally and physically. I then use smaller stones in my hands to provide a tailored massage to the client's preference, whether they are looking to shake the cold from their bones or wish a deep tissue massage, it's a wonderful experience," she said. For an appointment or consultation with Jody Forcum, call Karlene's Acupuncture & Day Spa at 262-7977, or log on to www.karlenesdayspa.com to learn about other therapies offered at Karlene's.
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