The February meeting of the GFWC Woman's Club of Mingo Junction was held at the Mingo Senior Citizens Center with President Sharon Cole-Isner presiding and offering the welcome and leading in opening ceremonies.
Joanne Gorney gave the opening prayer.
Kathy Maguschak introduced guest speaker Melissa Ryan, a graduate of the National Institute of Massotherapy who worked as a medical transcriptionist for 25 years before deciding to change careers.
Hostesses were Kathy Maguschak, chairman, seated, with Joanne Gorney, left, and Clara Sue Milewsky.
Ryan told club members she knew she could combine her knowledge of medicine with the knowledge of the human body and function to treat patients using the therapeutic application of massage - massotherapy. She started Quality Health Massotherapy and explained that massotherapy is the treatment of injury or disease using massage therapy.
She said she provides both therapeutic and relaxation massages based upon Swedish massage methods, with a generous helping of musculoskeletal and sports massage techniques, such as myofascial release and trigger point therapy, and a variety of relaxation techniques, such as hot stone and thermal palms.
Quality Health Massotherapy is an alternative medicine for treatment of generalized aches and pains such as neck pain/whiplash, shoulder pain, wrist, hand and arm pain, hip and leg pain, foot pain and sprains/strains, according to Ryan, who in addition to being a licensed massage therapist also is a certified medical massage practitioner and a certified cupping therapist.
Ryan also treats chronic pain such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, headaches/migraines, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis/golfer's elbow, plantar fasciitis, thoracic outlet syndrome, frozen shoulder/rotator cuff tears and shin spints. She said Quality Health Massotherapy has assembled a staff of therapists who are licensed to practice massage by the Ohio Board of Medicine. The therapists are able to assess the specific needs and outcome desires for each individual who comes to the clinic. She said their primary goal is to provide "a healing touch in a spa atmosphere."
Ryan cited some of the benefits of therapeutic massage are reduced muscle spasms, enhanced athletic performance, relief from the pain of migraines, decreased diastolic blood pressure, lessened depression and anxiety, and increased comfort and quality of life for cancer patients.
The presentation included a question-and-answer period.
The theme for the evening was Valentine's Day with members wearing red and/or their red dress pin.
Birthdays were recognized.
Roetta Lewis gave a report on Legislation Day, which will be held March 22 at Harmony United Methodist Church in Mingo Junction. Registration is at 10:30 a.m. with the call to order at 11 a.m. Lunch will be at 12:30 p.m. The meeting will adjourn at 3 p.m.
Information was given on the mystery theater scheduled for April 5 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Mingo and the May 8 banquet at which time installation of officers will be held.
Since part of the executive board - Bernie Carpico, Cheri Carpico, Kathy Maguschak, Clara Sue Milewsky and Janet Petrella - is handling Legislation Day, the remaining members - Shelly Bateman, Joanne Gorney, Sharon-Cole Isner and Mary Jane Tiberio - will be in charge of the May banquet.
Maguschak closed the meeting with an inspirational reading.
The winner of the door prize was Cole-Isner.
Members of the Community Service Project, Public Issues, were hostesess. Chairman Kathy Maguschak was assisted by Joanne Gorney and Clara Sue Milewsky. Stella Finnegan also is a member of the committee.
The next meeting will be held March 13 with the Community Service Department in charge of refreshments. Janet Petrella is the chairman.