M Carey Hendrix

Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist

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Pender County Neighbors
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Massage Therapist finds fulfillment building up bodies.

By Chris Mudarri
Star News Correspondent

    When a contractor becomes a massage therapist, he may have a little explaining to do.
    Carey Hendrix found that massage therapy gave him the opportunity to control; the quality of his work.
    "It's less complex because it's one to one", he said.
    Doing quality work tops his priority list. "It has a value to me other than money"
    For around eight years, Hendrix contracted for what he calls "small stuff." Usually a one man show, he took jobs under $30,000 that did not require a general contractor's license according to the New Hanover codes at the time. Lots of room additions, porches, decks, kitchen remodels. the 15 years prior were filled with construction related work as well.
    In his mid-40's, Hendrix said he had a change of heart. Much of the enjoyment had gone out of the building profession for him.
    "I know there had to be more than what I was doing, something better for me," he said.
    Massage therapy offered a path that was physical in its nature, but in a different way. Hendrix now finds it amazing when he works with people who are in touch with their bodies. He may press on a part of their foot, for instance, and they say, "Oh that's my kidneys." Often, he said, when people become ill they suddenly become aware.
    "My intention is to help them," he said.
    He practices from his Wrightsville Avenue office during the week, and on Sundays comes to a satellite office on Topsail Island. Sometimes he visits people in their homes. "If it's needed, I will go," he said.
    Hendrix trained in Swedish, therapeutic, sports and deep tissue massage at Miller-Motte College in Wilmington, where he now teaches. He prefers teaching therapeutic class.
    He is also proficient in reflexology - acupressure done exclusively on the feet and hands, Reiki - a holistic energetic healing technique, and has training in Shiatsu - the Japanese art of acupressure.
    A perennial student, he currently studies Healing Touch.
    "It's always a work in progress," he said, "that's just the way we are."
    Hendrix tries to help his students find their niche. Some will want to work in a chiropractor or physical therapist's office, some in a gym or spa.
    The contractor turned bodywork therapist tells his students, "If you a client to pay you $50 a week for a massage, that's $2,500 a year. If you want a client to pay that much, you'd better be worth it."
    Hendrix prefers table work in his own massage practice because he has a large number of techniques available.
    As a single dad, Hendrix advises his son, who just graduated from high school, and his daughter, a rising junior, according to wisdom acquired through life experience: Whatever it is you do in life, make sure it makes you happy; if it makes you happy, it's not all work.

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