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Smooth Transitions Massage: Good For Humans and Horses
By Catherine Morris 12-16-13

Stacey Gallant has the healer’s touch. For the past six years, Gallant has operated Smooth Transitions Massage, her one-woman business that provides equine and human massage services to clients across New Hampshire and Massachusetts. She takes pride in her practical knowledge and skills, geared to help clients recover from or prevent injuries, and her ability to relate to clients. 

 

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Sabrina Pageot, an office manager and Seabrook resident, has been a client for more than a year, credits Gallant with helping her horse, Winsome, recover after he fractured his skull and injured his back. “I trust Stacey 110 percent with my horse,” she said. “Horses are very comfortable and relaxed around her.” Pageot said her horses yawn and chew when Gallant is present - something they only do when feeling at their most comfortable.

 

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      Putting her clients at ease is Gallant’s goal. “Clients should always feel comfortable and safe during a massage,” she said. “For the massage treatment to be effective, the mind and body need to be in balance.

       This cannot happen if the client is not relaxed or thinking of other things. The muscles and body will fight against the therapist and a contradictory effect will occur.”

 


      Gallant’s understanding of how to help humans and animals relax is backed up by over 1,100 hours of professional training. In 2007, Gallant graduated from the Cortiva Muscular Therapy Institute in Watertown, Mass., where she spent 900 hours learning about massage and anatomy. “I discovered I have a passion for anatomy and how the body works,” said Gallant.

 

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       She also completed a 200-hour equine massage therapy program at the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy in Worcester, Mass.

She continues to take continuing education courses, in part to maintain her professional standing with the Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (BTMB), and in part out of pure passion for always getting better at what she does. “The learning doesn’t stop once you get out of school,” she said. “The body is so complex; you could keep enhancing and learning new skills forever.” Massage Therapy licensing is a requirement in the state of New Hampshire.

 

In addition to massage, Gallant boards horses at her home in Nottingham. She spends a minimum of four to five hours a day working with the horses.

Emily Heidt of Newmarket has boarded her horse JC with Gallant for two years. Heidt of Newmarket said, "I decided to make an appointment for myself for a massage after seeing what Gallant does for my horse."

Gallant moved to Nottingham three years ago and is active in the community. She is on the board of directors of the Greater Barrington Chamber of Commerce and will co-chair the 2014 Peeper 5k Run/Walk in May.

This holiday season, massage gift certificates are $60. Buy three or more, and they are $55 each. Mention Raymond Area News, and the first massage is $10 until Jan. 31. Regular rates are $40 for a 30-minute massage, $70 for 60 minutes, and $100 for 90 minutes. Equine massage is $75 a session.

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Gallant can be reached at 397-0798 for appointments, or at her website, www.smoothtransitionsmassage.com. Like Smooth Transitions on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Smooth-Transitions-Massage-Horse-Boarding/310214895669132.

Smooth Transitions Massage has two locations: 51 South Summer St., Nottingham, and 136 Route 27, Unit 1 Raymond.

 

 

 

 

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