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Jessica Wilson has opened a massage therapy center at 30 Park St.

New Massage Therapy Center Opens on Park Street in Adams

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass. — We All Need Body Work brings individualized massage therapy to downtown Adams.
 
Jessica Wilson, a licensed massage therapist, said her business strengthens a wellness theme developing on Park Street.
 
"It puts massage therapy right on main street, right across from the bike shop and a few blocks down from the [Ashuwilliticook] Rail Trail," Wilson said. "It really is in line with that wellness piece that is really important for a downtown to have."   
 
She set up an approachable wellness center at 30 Park where she hopes to tailor therapy to each client.
 
"I do things a little differently. I don't have a menu, I have time slots," she said. "Each client is different so we book time and then we discover the best plan for them ... it varies from person to person."
 
She offers flat rates for messages in 30-minute increments up to 90 minutes. Wilson is also open for walk-ins Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11:30 to 2. She offers chair massages designed to aid those sitting at desk all day along with massages for deep-tissue, sports and pregnancy, myofascial release and Swedish.
 
Education is an important part of her practice and she hopes to be able to teach each client a little bit about their bodies.
 
"I try to sit down with every person and try to figure out where they are and what their needs are," she said. "I don't just bring people in like cattle because I feel like being educated about your wellness is important as any other part of it." 
 
Wilson said massage therapy may be foreign to a lot of people and may even make some uncomfortable. We All Need Bodywork is a good place to try massage therapy, she said, because it not only benefits those in chronic pain but can help everybody.   
 
"Massage therapists deal with the things that hold our bodies together and it is important that our bodies have blood flowing and oxygen to tissue and muscles," Wilson said. "Massage therapy helps all of our muscles and tissue stay healthy and mobile and active ... it feels good and makes your body feel so much better."
 
More information and appointment booking can be found at www.weallneedbodywork.com.

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Suffrage Centennial Committee Kicks Off Yearlong Celebration

By Jeff SnoonianiBerkshires Correspondent

Cassandra Peltier as Alva Belmont Vanderbilt, a prominent figure in the suffrage movement.
ADAMS, Mass. — About 75 people filled The Manor on Saturday afternoon for the kickoff event of a yearlong celebration of Susan B. Anthony and the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote.
 
The event at St. John Paul II Parish's Italianate mansion was organized by the Adams Suffrage Centennial Celebration Committee. The committee serves as an advisory committee to the Board of Selectmen. 
 
Anthony was born in Adams and was a social reformer best known for spearheading the women's suffrage movement. She was also involved in the anti-slavery movement, collecting signatures for petitions as a teen, the temperance (prohibition of alcohol) movement, and women's financial rights.
 
Retired school teacher Mary Whitman, committee member and host for the day, shared why Anthony's work was so important. 
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