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Helmut Schmidt, Published October 06 2010

EXTREME MAKEOVER: Hard-working volunteers get free massages

Volunteers at the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” site in Moorhead are supplying the muscle power to build the Bill and Adair Grommesh family a new home.

The folks from Fargo’s Enhanced Wellness are supplying the massages to give those muscles a break.

With tables and massage chairs set up near the volunteers’ meal center, owner Rachel Alderson and several therapists gave 25 massages Monday and had a line of people looking for relief on Tuesday.

“We’re trying to help out as many people as we can,” Alderson said. “Today, we’re getting way more people.”

Mark Brossart of Quality Concrete hoped to loosen up after preparing the basement of the “Extreme Makeover” home at 803 22nd Ave. S. for its concrete floor.

“Everything gets pretty tight, stretched, strained,” Brossart said.

Always willing to go the extra mile for The Forum’s readers, this reporter submitted his back – abused by a morning of standing around and calling in radio and Internet updates – for a massage by therapist Brianna Cook of Fargo.

Cook started out with a deep tissue massage of the back and shoulder muscles, pointing out particularly knotted spots, and followed up with some soft tissue massage.

The result was relaxing, and a much happier back.

Alderson said several volunteers sought relief after long periods on their feet, but she expected repetitive motions of heavy construction in the next few days would increase demand.

“It’s been fun. Everyone is so grateful,” she said.

Enhanced Wellness therapeutic massage clinic is at 505 40th St. S., Fargo.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583