By Jocelyn Pedersen
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — One Noble woman knows how to put the “ahhh” in massage. Whether her clients have cricks in their necks or sore backs, Pam Moses, massage therapist, never rubs them the wrong way.
Moses has been a professional masseuse for nine years. It all started with rubbing her ex-husband’s neck to help make it feel better.
“Someone told me I should go to school and learn to do (professional massages). That had never occurred to me,” Moses said.
The next thing she knew, she was enrolled in Heritage College in Oklahoma City where she attended school five nights a week and obtained her associates degree 14 months later.
“Thank God for my husband,” she said. “He was an angel. He played ‘momma and daddy’.”
With her newly-obtained certification, Moses said she knew she wanted to practice in Noble, because “Noble was home.” As a lifelong Noble resident, with roots going back to her grandparents and great-grandparents, Moses said, “I’ve been in Noble forever.”
At one time, Moses owned her own salon, but said she got tired of running it by herself. Wanting more free time, she opted to rent booth space at This-n-That, 119 Main St. in Noble.
No matter where she practices, her method is always the same.
“I call it a ‘fix-it’ massage. “Some clients call it ‘evil massage’ because I’m mean. It depends on who you talk to,” Moses said with a chuckle. “One customer told me I had ‘man hands’. I try to fix the problem, fix the muscles and stretch the muscles and do a lot of listening. Sometimes people just want to talk and that makes them feel better.”
Client Michelle Herring does nails at This-n-That. causing her neck and shoulders to knot up, but after having a massage from Moses, she feels better.
“I can work faster because I’m more limber. It takes 10-15 minutes off the time it takes me to do nails,” Herring said. “She’s the best at working out knots.”
According to Moses, many of her clients doze off while she’s working on them and call their massage snooze “the best nap I’ve ever had.”
Linda Joslin, who has been Moses’ client for five years, said when she’s done with her massage she feels as though she’s “still floating on a cloud”.
“She gives total attention to whoever is on the table at the time. People can trust her to be professional and discerning, She treats you as a very important person when you go.”
It’s no wonder her clients feel better when they’re done. Moses has been trained in various massage modalities, but specializes in deep tissue massage. She points out that massage can break down adhesions in muscles formed by over exertion in work or exercise.
Moses says business stays pretty steady with a year-round clientele, a fact she attributes to having been established in the Noble community forever.
“I have really touched a lot of Noble. It’s a good business-and helpful. It keeps people able to move and do their work.” She says she enjoys her customers and feeds off of their energy.
“When you have good people-happy customers, it’s refreshing. And if you know you made them feel better when they leave, it’s also very rewarding.”
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