Meet the Wellness Professional: Kelly Kendall Hawes, Owner of Body Wisdom Therapeutic Massage in Lebanon

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Every week I highlight someone in the Upper Valley who falls under the title of "Wellness Professional" - trainers, nutritionists, therapists of all kinds (physical, psychological, massage), and creators of healthy products, to name just a few. I give them a list of 20 questions and they choose to answer them however they'd like.  [Are you a "Wellness Professional"? Email RVCAmy at gmail dot com to be featured here.]

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This week I'd like to introduce you to Kelly Kendall Hawes, Owner of Body Wisdom Therapeutic Massage in Lebanon


I became a massage therapist 18 years ago and opened body wisdom 16 years ago. With continuing education, I have been able to stay progressive in the field of massage therapy. Each of my sessions are customize for the client's individual needs. My husband and I live in Etna where I grew up. We have a nine-year-old Great Dane (Izabella) who rules the house.

What makes you unique in your field?

Eighteen years as a massage therapist and owner who specializes in LaStone Therapy. I am one of the small handful of LaStone practitioners in the Upper Valley. My background in the medical field, combined with holistic modalities, helps to facilitate my clients' own healing.

LaStone Therapy stones

What is LaStone therapy?

Clinically, it is the application of thermotherapy using deep penetrating heated stones and alternating with extremely cold stones. Using different temperatures, whether hot or cold, on the body to bring about a certain reaction has been done for eons. The therapeutic potential of LaStone goes beyond just massage with hands and enters deeper dimensions of relaxation, health and well-being, creating a positive approach to "body/mind/spirit" philosophy.

What is your wellness philosophy?

Wellness is more than just nutrition, exercise or the state of freedom of disease. It is a dynamic state of awareness, about making choices that support Wellness.

How did you get to where you are now?

Following a severe multi-trauma car accident in 1992, I spent five years in PT and OT and incorporated massage therapy to accelerate my healing. Upon completion of my recovery, I went back to college to become a medical assistant. I went on to get further education as a massage therapist to better help others.

Did you ever have any setbacks and how did you get past them?

Ten years ago I needed bilateral knee replacements. I decided to do them both at the same time. I gave myself goals: 

  1. Get back to work ASAP
  2. Return to hiking
  3. Dance with my husband again.

With rehab and massage I was able to meet all those goals in 12 weeks.

What's your go to meal for: breakfast, snacks/sweets, lunch, dinner, beverage? 

  • Breakfast: Smoothies
  • During the day while working: small snacks of nuts, veggies, fruit or eggs, lots and lots of water!

What's you favorite place to eat out in the Upper Valley? What do you usually get?

Ariana's in Orford, New Hampshire - farm to table dining, fresh local meats and garden vegetables artfully created by Chef Martin.

You're trapped on 12A in West Lebanon starving and you only have $8. What do you buy to get your through your errands?

I'd take a trip to Edgewater Farm stand, for an apple and cheese, a box of strawberries and or a prepared salad.

What's your guilty pleasure (food or otherwise)?

Spa visits when vacationing for pedicures facials and spa treatments.

Body Wisdom Therapeutic Massage

What's something health and wellness related that you wish you'd known years ago?

How addictive and toxic refined sugar is, especially for me.

What's the best health/wellness/fitness advice you've ever received?

  1. one stay moving
  2. get regular massages
  3. stay well hydrated

What's your favorite quote or mantra?

When the body is able to relax and the mind is quieted from all internal chatter, it opens the mind/body connection. This is when true healing occurs.

Who or what gives you inspiration?

My clients, who range in age and abilities. To be able to help someone with their physical and/or emotional health by giving therapeutic massage.

  • To see a child with autism late quietly on my table, soothed by massage.
  • To help a woman overcome emotional obstacles from trauma by sharing healing touch.
  • To help inspire my clients on their own healing path.
  • To ease someone's pain.

What's something you wish your clients/class participants knew? Or did? Or didn't do?

That massage should be an integrational part of their wellness journey. The benefits of regular massage sessions not only help with muscular skeletal issues but also help your cardiovascular system, nervous system, and endocrine systems. That on my table, every "body" is beautiful.

What are one or two tips you can give to help people be successful in their wellness journey?

Listen to your own body. If you have pain, it is trying to tell you something. Be open to new modalities and treatments. Stretch, stay flexible and have regular massages!

What is your favorite exercise?

Hiking and walks with my Great Dane. In summer, swimming and kayaking, walks on the beach. In the winter, snowshoeing.

Kelly and Izabella

Where can people learn more about you? 

  • Address: Body Wisdom Therapeutic Massage 1 School Street, Lebanon, NH 03766, Open Wednesday - Sunday
  • Phone Number: 603-448-0033 (This is the best way to book an appointment)
  • Facebook: Body Wisdom Therapeutic Massage
  • Special: Gift Certificates purchased in December are $20 off.  


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