Freebie Friday: Massage Sessions from Appalachian Therapeutic Bodyworks

Ladies and gentlemen (dads can enter, too!), have I got a treat for you! Barry Marshall, of Appalachian Therapeutic Bodyworks, has offered two 1-hour bodywork sessions for two lucky Mom Squad readers! Barry is married to Mom Squad reader Lee Marshall, with the Children’s Council of Watauga County. I have a session this weekend there, and I can’t wait!

Appalachian Therapeutic Bodyworks is located in the historic Cove Creek School in Sugar Grove. You can visit the website, or call 828-964-0869 for more information and directions.

I’ll let Barry introduce himself and his practice in his own words:

Hi, my name is Barry Marshall and I am the owner/operator of Appalachian Therapeutic Bodyworks. I have lived in Watauga County my whole life. I have been married to the same wonderful woman for the last 20 years, and we have one beautiful daughter. I was first introduced to the manual healing arts though the practice of martial arts. My first training was in acupressure for martial art injuries; acupressure is based on the same principles as acupuncture. I went on to complete a three year apprenticeship program in Chinese medicine at Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine. I continued my education at Caldwell Community College where I graduated from a 579 hour Massage Therapy program. I received my license to practice Massage and Bodywork in North Carolina in August 2007; I am also nationally certified in massage therapy. I have expanded my training though continuing education in Trigger Point Therapy, Tuina (Chinese medical massage), and Myoskeletal Alignment Technique.

I chose to use the term “bodywork” instead of the more common term “massage” for my services for several reasons, the most important being that I wanted to emphasize the clinical focus in my work. There are many types of massage available; some are more focused on relaxation and/or wellness and some have a more clinical focus. Because of my background in Chinese medicine I am more clinically focused, which is why I do not offer some of the more relaxation-based types of massage.

What can I expect at my session?

When you first arrive there will be some paperwork to fill out, so it is better to arrive a few minutes early if you can. After the paperwork is completed a health history will be taken. I will then perform a five-minute assessment to help develop a treatment plan. You will be asked to remove your shoes, socks, and all jewelry and you will lie on the table. All work is done with the client fully dressed, but you should dress comfortably and appropriately. The exact techniques used will depend on the results of your assessment. After a session of bodywork you should feel more relaxed and maybe sleepy, so take your time in getting off of the table and make sure you are completely awake before driving. Be sure to drink plenty of water after a session to help flush out any toxins that may have been released from the bodywork.

To enter this contest, leave a comment here saying if you’ve ever had a body work session, and what you thought about it.

  • If you re a subscriber, you get an extra chance. Leave a separate comment!
  • If you share this article via email, Facebook/ MySpace, or blog, you get another chance!

The contest will run through Sunday night, July 14, and the winner will be announced on Monday morning..


  1. I have never had a massage but I would love to get one!

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  4. Jennifer says

    Bodywork sounds terrific! I’ve never had a professional massage before, so it sounds like a great first!

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  6. Sounds great! Count me in 🙂

  7. Niki Miller says

    subscriber 🙂

  8. Niki Miller says

    sent an e-mail 😀

  9. Niki Miller says

    OH, and by the way – I have never had a massage either. Silly typos!

  10. Sign me up!!!

  11. Sign me up again!!! Subscriber.

  12. Sign me up again, girlfriend, ’cause I sent an email to the Bald Guy and we BOTH need a massage!!!

  13. Oh I would love to have a massage!

  14. I’ve had a full body massage before but never a bodyworks massage!! I would love a massage!!

  15. I posted the link on my facebook profile!!

  16. Ashleigh Stroot says

    I’ve never had this type of therapy before, although I’ve heard lots of good things from friends and family members. I think it would be awesome!

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  18. I’ve had a massage before and it was wonderful- but therapeutic bodywork seems even greater!!

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  20. I’ve had two massages in Raleigh, NC at a YMCA- but they seem sadly lacking after hearing about this guy- I want one!!!

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  22. One more time- I emailed two friends- I really want this one!

  23. I absolutely love massages!

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  26. Jennifer says

    I have never had a massage or bodywork. I certainly would love one:-)

  27. Jennifer says

    I’m a subscriber!!

  28. I would love a massage!

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  30. E-mail. I just sent this to a friend who is not a subscriber.

  31. I have never had a “real” massage! I would love love love to have one though!

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  33. Sharing by email!

  34. hmmm…..

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  36. I have had bodywork on several occasions, for pregnancy and for serious back problems. I always feel better for weeks! I would LOVE to win this one!!!

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  38. Put it on my facebook!

  39. AND sent it to a friend… can you tell I want this?

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  41. I really need something like this!

  42. Wow! what an awesome freebie!! I want to win!!

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  44. I used to have my own massage therapist before I was a stay at home mom. I miss it and would love to give bodyworks a try!

  45. Oooh! That sounds nice!! I’ve never had a true message!

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  47. Amber Skene says

    my pregnant body could really use a massage right now.

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  51. I’ve never had a “real” massage like that – but I would love one!

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  53. I have had several massages! However, since I moved here I have not found someone. I suffered from a severe headache for several months that doctors did all types of testing on, only to find out they had no idea what was wrong with me. So I went and had my first massage …..and the headache was GONE!!!!!!! I think that should explain how I feel about massage! It is a wonderful way to help your body, it is not a pampering event it is truly a stress reliever!! Maybe that’s what God means when He says lay hands on someone:)

  54. I am subscriber.

  55. I have had a massage, but it has been years. I would love to have another!

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  57. Oh yeah, NOW we’re talkin’……

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  60. Dave Kelley says

    Dad’s need massages too!

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  64. Oh yeah, a comment about massages. I have received massage therapy before to head off migraines when they are approaching. Works every time. I leave feeling rejuvenated, refreshed, connected and even a little taller. I will give Therapeutic bodyworks a try since you put it on your site.

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  66. have you linked on my website right about bald guy. Hey – anything I do to get more chances! 😉 You have actually been linked for months. I just like you.

  67. I’ve had massages, but never one like this… sounds good to me!

  68. I just added it to my facebook status update…

  69. Crystal T. says

    I have had massages before but never anything like this. I have headaches a lot and I think if I did this often it would help me.

  70. i am pregnant and hurt all over. this sounds great!

  71. I have had several massages, but never one that sounds this encompassing. This would be needed and wonderful. Glad to know he’s so close to me!

  72. I’ve had different types of “body work” done. Usure if I have had the type of work done that Barry does yet. I’m interested. Sign me up!

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