Roxanne DeTrude set out to learn about Thai Massage after experiencing one herself.
“I investigated it,” she said. “I thought it was awesome.”
Her passion for yoga is how she came across Thai Massage.
“I had been doing yoga on a regular basis,” DeTrude said. “I was taking classes, teaching classes.”
She began going to yoga classes in 1992 and in 2007, received her first certification in Thai Massage.
Over the course of the five years which followed, she learned about other types of massage.
DeTrude decided to attend Rasmussen College in Green Bay for her training.
In 2011, she received her certification from the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.
Initially, she worked part time and continued to work full time at Green Bay Packaging.
After 18 years at Green Bay Packaging, with the last several of those years including a commute from Waupaca, DeTrude started working full time as a licensed massage therapist.
In July of 2011, she opened Restorative Healing Touch, in Waupaca.
“My past mentors have given me a step to success,” DeTrude said.
That allowed her to open an office full time, and DeTrude currently offers massage and private yoga lessons at Brooks Family Chiropractic, which is owned by Dr. Alyssa Brooks and located at 717 Churchill St.
Of Thai Massage, DeTrude said it is a type of massage done on a mat on a floor.
Someone getting this type of massage typically dresses in sweatpaints and a T-shirt or yoga clothing.
“The massage itself includes lots of palm and thumb pressing. Once the muscles are warmed up, there is stretching in conjunction with the palmwork,” she said.
DeTrude also offers therapeutic massage on a table, including Swedish, Myofascial Release, Precision Neuromuscular Release and a basic relaxing massage.
She welcomes pregnant clients and those recovering from surgery.
“The main function with the massages I offer is to be therapeutic, meaning to alleviate problems with pain, whether it is low back issues, shoulder, neck and people dealing with migraines,” DeTrude said.
Discovering yoga gave her the ability to remove her low back pain, toe joint discomfort and lack of basic strength.
DeTrude recently returned to the classroom to complete her 200-hour Yoga Certification, under internationally known Debbie Williamson.
DeTrude teaches yoga at 8 a.m. Saturdays, at the Health and Fitness Headquarters location within the Best Western Grand Seasons Hotel.
Her class is open to members, with non-members able to purchase a punch card to attend her class.
Beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 8, DeTrude will teach a yoga class at 4 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday, at Core Essentials, in downtown Waupaca.
The cost is $5 per class, and those who attend should bring their own yoga mat.DeTrude also offers private yoga sessions.
Restorative Healing Touch is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.
Visit her website at www.RestorativeHealingTouch.com and contact her at 920-639-2859.
“What strives me to work in this field,” DeTrude said, “is I don’t want to see people living in pain. That’s what brought me into this whole thing.”