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BODY WORK: FIVE QUESTIONS WITH SONYA OF LENOX MASSAGE

Berkshires local and licensed massage therapist out of Lenox, Sonya Bykofsky, is a fan of Smash Hits cannabis by Chemdog (official review: “Bogart it!”). She is also a fan being hired by the sore, the weary, the stiff and the active, all passing through her doors for self-care at A Touching Experience a therapeutic massage and bodywork business in Lenox down the road from Canna Provisions in Lee.

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We caught up with her outside The Foundry in West Stockbridge while attending one of the summer concerts Canna Provisions is sponsoring (come say high!).

WHAT DOES WELLNESS MEAN TO YOU? HOW DO YOU STRIVE FOR BETTER WELLNESS WHILE LIVING AND WORKING IN THE BERKSHIRES? 

Sonya Bykofsky: What wellness means to me is the ability to enjoy the things and the people I love, in a relatively stress free environment, while also focusing on self care.  Nutrition is always a challenge for me (is there Ben & Jerry flavored kale) and I’m been making efforts to shift away from red meat for some time, since the agricultural industry is damaging the Earth.

[Ultimately] wellness includes consideration of the needs of the many, not just myself….

BEST CULTURAL MEMORY OF LIVING AND WORKING IN THE BERKSHIRES?

Tripping on mushrooms during a BSO performance at Tanglewood. Go check out what’s happening around the hedges behind the house on the property.

YOU’VE MENTIONED YOU’VE USED THC AND CBD-INFUSED CREAMS AND BALMS DURING MASSAGE WORK FOR CLIENTS? WHAT IS THE MOST COMMON THING YOU HEAR FROM CLIENTS ABOUT THIER EXPERIENCES THOUGHTFULLY USING CANNABIS WHILE SEEKING STRESS MANAGEMENT AND PAIN REDUCTION THROUGH MASSAGE?

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Sonya of A Touching Experience.

Since becoming legal here in Massachusetts, I receive A LOT of questions about cannabis and CBD products.  I have experimented with products with my massage therapy clientele, and the feedback I’ve received indicates it’s helpful with relieving everything from arthritis pain and chemotherapy side effects, to help with sleep.

The only negative I’ve heard is from people who took too much THC product too fast  – which is why I always recommend asking for the help of a professional [guide] before trying product for the first time.

HOW OFTEN DO YOU WORK WITH TOURISTS COMING THROUGH THE BERKSHIRES AS A WHOLE VERSUS YOUR LOCAL CLIENTELE, AND WHY SHOULD TOURISTS COMING THROUGH THIS SEASON CONSIDER CARVING OUT TIME TO GET SOME BODY WORK DONE WITH YOU IN LENOX? 

Lenox is a very seasonal town, and I work on far more people in the summer months. Some are seasonal residents, some are talented musicians, dancers, actors and other visiting artists, and some are my year round clientele.

WHAT SHOULD EVERYONE SEEKING MASSAGE WORK OR BODY WORK OR STRESS MANAGEMENT KNOW ABOUT YOUR APPROACH TO ALL OF IT?

My approach to massage and body work is to start with taking a complete history (injury and trauma can be held for a very long time in a body!), do a hands on assessment,  and offer my recommendations for the best results.

The final decision is up to the receiver….I mix in whatever modalities are best for the individual on my table in the moment, educate along the way, and sometimes offer suggestions and tools for people to use on their own at home.

[I see it as] a partnership in your self care.

LENOX MASSAGE/A TOUCHING EXPERIENCE. APPOINTMENTS VIA WWW.LENOXMASSAGE.COM

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