Andersen massage therapist helps ease back woes Published July 31, 2007 By Airman 1st Class Carissa Morgan 36th Wing Public Affairs ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam - -- Have you ever gone to your home after work and found there was so much tension in your back that it was painful? Well Andersen's Coral Reef Fitness Center has a solution to your back woes. Her name is Benji Montelya and she's a massage therapist. She has been a massage therapist for seven years and a massage therapist on Andersen for two years. To be a massage therapist you have to be certified. "I have six certifications including spa therapist and esthetics," said Ms. Benji Montelya the massage therapist of the fitness center. Massage therapy is relaxing not only for the recipient but also for the therapist. "I enjoy giving massages because it helps me mentally and physically help other people," said Ms. Montelya. Massage therapy has many benefits said Ms. Montelya, among them, release of stress and tension in our bodies, she said. "It also sooths and relaxes the nerves, relaxes the mind and body deeply, improves lymphatic drainage, improves circulation and increases blood flow, improves muscle tone, induces muscle tone and relieves pain that occurs with certain conditions." Massage therapy is essential to any healthy lifestyle. "I think it essential for everyone to get regular massage therapy because of all the benefits for your body it provides," said Ms. Montelya. Massage therapy is an ongoing learning process. She continues to study massage therapy by taking advance courses for massage and esthetics, which is beauty treatments such as facials and manicures, from different countries. Benji Montelya usually averages four to five clients a day. She has appointments at the fitness center available from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Massages are $30 for a half hour, $45 for one hour and $75 for an hour and a half. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Benji call the fitness center at 366-6100.