LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Helping people make transformational life adjustments is everyday business for medical massage therapist Lizz Pugh.
Now Pugh is teaming up with Dr. Colleen Ford at Adjust Your Life Chiropractic, 10910 State Road 70 E.
"The bones go where the muscles pull them," Ford said. "I can put the bone back in place, but with the muscle work, it holds where it should be. You're speeding up the process of the person actually healing."
Certified in neuromuscular therapy and a certified rehab specialist, Pugh said what's most important
overall is what the patient does at home.
"My practice is giving them the tools that they need so that they can take control of their own healing," she said.
Karen Conkel, an executive consultant for Rodan & Fields Dermatologists, met Pugh at a meeting of Successful Women Aligning Together, a networking organization, and went to her for treatment.
"Lizz made it very comfortable. She sets a boundary for herself and it was extremely professional," Conkel said. "She does a pre-interview so she finds out not just what is bothering you, what your concerns are, but also how you want to be treated," Conkel said. "Do you like to hear what she's going to be doing? Do you want to hear about the anatomy part of it or do you want silence?"
Trained for a career in animation, Pugh suffered from headaches since she was 16. "My husband took me to his chiropractor and it was life- changing for me," said the graduate of Sarasota School of Massage Therapy. "The first class I took was neuromuscular."
"I've noticed a large percentage of my clientèle has always been women," Pugh said. "Men come when they can't play golf any more. I've learned that women never really get taught how to manage stress.
"They never get taught even just how to take a deep breath and relax, how to set boundaries, things like that."
Pugh said she started to realize how much women manifest stress in their bodies, and started the transformation program for women.
"Now I am working with women on a level to help give them the tools at home that they need to deal with the mental and physical toll that stress takes," she said.
Dee Graham, reporter, can be reached at 941-748-0411, ext. 7024, or tweet @DeeGrahamBH.