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96 m a s s a g e & b o d y wo r k m a rc h /a p r i l 2 0 2 3 FACES OF BODYWORK Lee Hodges Massage & Bodywork: How long have you been practicing and how did you get started? Lee Hodges: I started in 1991 after raising a family. Massage discovered me, not the other way around. I began reentry to the work world as an esthetician at my sister's spa in Modesto (California). She said, "We gotta get them in and out, but you're just taking way too long with the massage part." It's because I really did like fi nding the acupressure points. I read a book and started doing the points. People said they loved it. It encouraged me to do more. M&B: What modalities do you practice? LH: I work with neuromuscular reeducation, but I always close with acupressure shoulder release or Ida Rolf's sacrum sequence, depending on where the pain is. This work is not a go-to-sleep massage. It has expanded and grown f rom Swedish massage, and people come to me when they're in pain. Low-back pain, shoulder pain, f rozen shoulder . . . It takes time to do this work. These are stretches, and we work together as a team on the table to get the muscles retrained. By golly, it works. CL ARK JAMES MISHLER PHOTOGRAPHY/ @CL ARKMISHLER ▲ Calistoga, California ▲ Octogenarian has no intention to retire "I enjoy my connection with people." At 83, Lee Hodges is still practicing massage therapy. Learn about her self-care, including practicing yoga (shown here), and some of the greats she has learned from at

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