For over 30 years, Carol Bufithis has been operating as a massage therapist out of her house on Way Road in Middlefield. In that time she has done more than just help her clients with aches and pains, she’s also worked to promote a more holistic lifestyle for those who seek her help.
“The way I look at it, most people drag their bodies along with them all day,” she said. “They don’t pay attention to their bodies a lot. Their body says ‘Go to bed,’ they stay up and watch another program. Their body says ‘I’ve had enough to eat,’ they still eat. The poor body is just dragged along by most of us.”
Bufithis runs her business, Therapeutic Massage Center, from a space at the back of her house. Clients are met with a small waiting area converted from an old mud room. Three rooms branch off the waiting area: two with massage tables and a third with a shower and hot tub.
“I recommend that everyone goes in the hot tub before getting a massage. It really helps relax the muscles,” she said.
The philosophy Bufithis has adopted in her business is the idea that the body and the mind are connected. With massage therapy, Bufithis works with her clients to reestablish that connection.
“I love watching people discover how amazing their bodies are. The body is miraculous and has such an ability to heal,” she said. “I love to watch people get more acquainted with their body.”
At Therapeutic Massage Center, Bufithis offers massages starting at $45 and has several different value package options that include massage, salt glow exfoliation, facials and paraffin waxes.
In addition to her work in massage, Bufithis also is a life coach, specializing in stress management, particularly when it comes to transitions like moving. She teaches massage therapy skills at the Cortiva Institute, in Cromwell, lending her expertise to others looking to become massage therapists.
In fact, Bufithis is already ahead of a growing trend in massage therapy that is spreading across the country. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the massage therapy field is projected to increase by 26 percent by 2026. This is faster than the average of all other occupations.
Bufithis said that she doesn’t “feel challenged” by her job and that she looks for ways to continue her education by going to workshops hosted by body healers and psychologists.
But learning is all just a part of the fun to this Middlefield massage therapist.
“My job is creative and interesting. You get to think of all these different ways to work with a person,” she said. “I like when people come in with a problem. That’s where the creativity is.”