Margie Fedorka, PDMT, and Linda Kulp, PDMT, co-owners since 1993, opened their 601 Main Street location in February 2003. Both women use the Pfrimmer technique of deep muscle therapy.
"I saw what massage could do for people," said Kulp, who worked in a chiropractor's office and observed the massage therapist there before choosing the career herself.
Massage therapy can be used for corrective, rehabilitative and relaxation purposes.
"I wanted to work in the health field and do something hands on rather than paperwork," said Fedorka, who also previously worked for a chiropractor.
Kulp and Fedorka practice the Pfrimmer massage, which is a "cross- fiber technique" that affects cells and tissue. Typical massages, like a Swedish massage, work by moving lymphatic fluid to the heart, which only provides temporary relief.
Through the Pfrimmer technique, the muscle is affected holistically, increasing blood flow to all layers, according to Kulp and Fedorka. In addition, the massage therapist teaches stretching and weight training for use at home, trigger point therapy, craniosacral facial release and myofascial release.
"It's called deep muscle therapy but that doesn't mean that it has to be painful," said Fedorka. The therapists work on an individual basis with respect to the clients' specific pain tolerance.
Most clients have some type of injury due to repeated use of a muscle, stress or were referred by a doctor after an automobile accident. Other clients typically have neck pain and migraines, often stemming from the low back and gluteals. They also perform pregnancy massages with special cut-out pillows, which allow an expectant mother to lay face down.
"Unfortunately, there is the idea of a massage parlor rather than massage therapists," said Fedorka, who hopes that a bill, currently waiting to be to passed, will require licenses for massage. Both Kulp and Fedorka are certified and trained in anatomy and pathology on how to deal with injuries and some medical conditions.
"You can't get that in a weekend course," said Kulp, who is certified by the Association of Bodyworks Massage Professionals (ABMP). Fedorka is nationally certified by American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and she and Kulp are both graduates of the Pennsylvania School of Muscle Therapy.
Sessions, which are not meant to replace medical treatment but work in conjunction, are held by appointment only so that a client will not be disturbed during their time. The two massage areas are colorful rooms in themes designed to relax and soothe. They also offer a 20-percent senior citizen discount.
"We always wanted to be on Main Street with the doctor's offices," said Fedorka. "It sort of fell into place."
Fedorka met the owner of the building on Main Street socially and found that the space was available. Fedorka lives in Trappe and Kulp resides in Phoenixville.
"Word of mouth has really helped us out," Fedorka said. Customers that speak highly of massages result in friends and family making appointments.
Massages, which are by appointment only, may be scheduled Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. until noon. Call Deep Muscle Therapy & Fitness Group, Inc., 601 Main Street, Phoenixville, at 610-933-7002.