Introduction

Hi, I’m Aries — I’m a licensed massage therapist and I work here in Washington, DC, predominantly at Freed Bodyworks. This is a collection of my thoughts on health, fitness, pain management, injuries, stress management and self-care strategies.

I see most clients in relation to chronic pain and athletic injuries, including issues such as shoulder injuries, headaches, TMJ, carpal tunnel, low back pain, neck pain, and restricted movement. I also appreciate working with clients to foster relaxation and assist in stress management. I use deep tissue techniques (and “Swedish” techniques) to decrease pain, increase movement, and help people feel more at ease in their bodies. I am in the process of getting my personal trainer certification so I can understand more about exercise physiology, stretching, and fitness.

As a massage therapist, I seek to create a safe, non-judgemental space for all people to receive bodywork. I welcome people of all body types, races, ability, ages, ethnicities, sexualities and gender identities. There are many reasons to seek massage, and I look forwards to creating massages that fit your needs and your body.

You can book a session online here (even for a same-day appointment) to find a time that fits your schedule. For more information, you can call or text me (202) 670-3886, or shoot me an email at aries [at] freedbodyworks [dot] com.

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Top 12! Top 12!

Good news, everyone! Freed Bodyworks was featured in DCist’s “The 12 Best Places And Ways To Splurge In D.C.“!

For real– the company we kept includes The Columbia Room, car2go, the Kennedy Center, and Komi.

FREED BODYWORKS:

For me, the best type of splurge is one that lasts. And nothing beats a really good massage on an aching shoulder or painful lower back. Aries at Freed Bodyworks in Southeast D.C. is not only a wonderful massage therapist, she’s also a great listener. It’s a holistic-type of massage that leaves you feeling good in the body and brain. And at $110 for 90 minutes, it’s barely a splurge. — Sarah Anne Hughes

Freed Bodyworks is located at 1426 Pennsylvania Avenue SE.

Yep. Good news.

 

Why do you want to talk to me?

“Why do you want to talk to me?”

I hear this question at least once a week. As a part of a first session, massage therapists conduct an intake to hear about your history, goals, and what brings you in. While most massage therapists speak to their clients for five to ten minutes, I speak with clients for up to thirty minutes. We don’t charge for this time, nor does it “come off” your table time.

Yea. Thirty minutes: mostly of you speaking, describing your body and how your use your body regularly.

Thirty minutes is a long time, especially in our busy lives.

This is a vital aspect to Freed Bodyworks, and working with Frances, a piece that I initially struggled with. But as I’ve spent more time at Freed, I’ve realized how meaningful this time is to the practice. The thirty minute intake significantly changes the way massages work.

So why do we do it? Continue reading