On the Clock: Valerie Swentkowski
Summit County is home, it seems, to countless massage therapists – muscle manipulators who can ease the pain and stress of energetic days spent skiing, cycling, climbing or hiking.But for Valerie Swentkowski, owner of Stillpoint Massage and Homeopathy in Frisco, the most productive massage sessions encompass the body as well as the mind.”Massage therapy is a holistic approach. When you receive a massage, you don’t receive only the physical touch – it’s also the energy level of your body that is addressed,” Swentkowski said.
“While you perform a massage, there’s all sorts of activity in the mind, as far as how the energy flows in the body. Massage therapists are very receptive to that sort of thing,” she said.Some more than others, for sure. At Stillpoint, practitioners have a mission to go beyond the mere manipulation of muscle and sinew – their goal is to make sure every person they touch gets out of pain, reaches a state of body awareness, relaxes the mind and achieves spiritual tranquility.Each client that walks into Stillpoint is recognized for their individuality, Swentkowski said, and each is assessed based on their physical ailments or needs, but also whether or not they have emotional imbalances that need to be addressed.
“You don’t give the same massage to two different people,” she said. “We are all human beings, but every human being is unique. We try to approach the client considering this uniqueness.”There are three practitioners available at Stillpoint, each with their own specialties to address every conceivable singular need a client may have. Valerie is a nationally certified massage therapist trained in an array of massage techniques. She also is a certified homeopath, who can advise clients on lifestyle changes in nutrition and natural medicinal solutions to their health issues.”We’re all more or less aware of what we have to do in life to maintain our health,” the Alma-resident Swentkowski said. “It’s not necessarily with surgery or drugs that healing is happening.”
A second professional at Stillpoint, Amy Scwhab, specializes in Ashiatsu technique, and also practices lymph drainage massage. The third member of the team, Ron Jones, has more than 11 years experience in massage therapy, with a specialty in treating geriatric clients. The geriatric modality benefits elderly and ill persons, combining gentle massage, sensitive communication and focused attention.The unique, holistic Stillpoint practice has been open since February, but the French-born Swentkowski has been living and working in Summit County for the past three years. She says locals here are “more conscious” about their healthy lifestyles, so she’s offering them a deal – 2-for-1, $80 “locals’ appreciation” massage treatments.
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