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Experienced therapist offers services in Eagle

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Business name: Invisible Touch — Holistic Integrative Bodywork.

Location: Above The Dusty Boot, 1099 Capitol St., Eagle.

Date Opened: Oct. 1.

Owner: Lisa Johnson, licensed massage therapist.

Contact: Call 410-259-5603 or email invisible.touchlj@gmail.com.

What goods or services do you provide? I am licensed as a massage therapist and I also integrate numerous modalities that I've learned and been certified in and have also practiced throughout the past 25 years.

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What's new and exciting at your place? I am in a co-working environment where all the contractors are independent. Together we connect, collaborate, share ideas, get to know each other's businesses and support each other in the community. I am the only massage therapist and bodyworker in this space, so there is a buzz about who I am and what I do. People love massage and often ask me about their injuries and how they can get stress relief.

What strategy do you use to differentiate your business from your competition? There are several things that stand out with the work I do. After doing this very physical task for over 25 years, I've looked into alternative methods to healing which include a couple osteopathic techniques — CranioSacral Therapy and Advanced Strain and Counterstrain, which have deeper, more vast and profound effects on the body through the myofascial system than deep tissue massage. Along with most types of massage therapy, myofascial unwinding, sports massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, reiki, acupressure — I integrate or isolate one or more of these therapies into one healing session. I am not a cookie-cutter massage therapist!

What philosophy do you follow in dealing with your customer? What can your customers expect from you?

First and foremost, it's all about the client and meeting his or her needs. I never judge or condemn anyone — we all have issues in our tissues, a lesson I learned a long time ago, so I meet people where they are right at the moment.

I do my very best to listen carefully, observe how they are holding themselves, how they walk, how they place their feet and how they move their arms.

All these clues give me a greater insight to what my plan of action will be during each session. Most likely, I will not do the same thing each visit. We are all different every day, so I treat each person in a unique way each session based on feedback from the previous visit, what I see and what I sense, too. I'm very intuitive.

Tell us a little about your background, education and experience: My education started in 1990 at the Baltimore School of Massage, when I was being trained by the best of the best in the area. Being raised in a sports-oriented environment, it was natural to gravitate toward sports therapy and injury. I was encouraged to learn sports therapy and landed independent contracting jobs with Baltimore's Orioles and Ravens professional sports teams. Working with these athletes at this level for 16 years taught me a lot about injury and recovery.

I also was a member of the National and Capital area sports massage team working with runners, cyclists, swimmers, skiers, etc. I also was the massage therapist for the local mountain bike team for many years. I've worked independently in conjunction with other professionals in my field, such as physical therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists and medical doctors as they have referred their patients my way.

What is the most humorous thing that has happened at your business since you opened? My dog Olivia is built into my contract at the office, as she is a healing presence during therapy if the client feels comfortable with her there. Most people love having her present. She is a very friendly and adorable Australian shepherd — I think we'll have to start an Olivia fan club!