SOUTHBURY, CONN., May 8, 2012–In April 2012, Licensed Massage Therapist Laura Ahern, and her business partner and mother, Cheryl Drown, both residents of Southbury, opened the Green Blessings Center, LLC, a therapeutic massage and holistic wellness center at 774 Main Street South in the building shared with Attorney Gerald L. Carey located across from the gazebo at Southbury Green.


The newly-opened Green Blessings Center features “Time is of The Essence” Series with 30 minute massages for head and shoulders or hands and feet or back massage; 60 to 120 minute relaxing Swedish massages or customized massages. “For individualized custom massages,” Ahern explained, “several modalities are used including Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Swedish, Cold Stone Therapy, Trigger Point Release, Sports Massage Techniques, and others to create a massage that is unique to each individuals body's needs.”


Green Blessings Center’s Ahern also specializes in Hot Stone Massages which she described as, “Traditional massage techniques incorporating therapeutic hydrotherapy through the use of hot, cold or alternating hot and cold stones to gain a desired effect. Hot Stone Massage is beneficial for muscle soreness, stress relief, promoting relaxation. It allows the client to gain an awareness of tension he or she may be holding in their body to let it go. Cold stone used in combination with hot stones helps with injury rehabilitation and is less invasive than ice. The overall experience is very relaxing, nurturing, and rejuvenating.” For further relaxation, Ahern also adds aromatherapy and body rejuvenation techniques to the Hot Stone Massages upon request.

As a certified traditional Usui Reiki Master (Usui Shiki Ryoho) since April 2010, Ahern features this distinctive Japanese form of energy body work in 60 minute sessions. “Reiki supports the body's natural ability to heal itself and restore balance in one's life,” she explained. “Reiki is a healing modality used to reduce stress, aid in pain management, speed recovery from illness and surgery, and mentally support those coping with traumatic life changes and issues.During a 60-minute massage session, I combine traditional Swedish massage techniques with the natural healing energy of Reiki to aid in the release of blockages in the body’s energetic nervous system which helps to speed recovery from dis-ease and promotes stress relief and relaxation.”


Another Green Blessings Center specialty offering is Sports Massage which is a type of massage usually thought of as being designed for highly active people who engage in athletic activities. “Everyone can benefit from Sports Massage,” stated Ahern. “Not only can it be used by athletes for optimal performance, event recovery and enhanced training, it can be used to rehabilitate injuries, reduce chronic pain and release restricted range of motion. During Sports Massage sessions, a specific problem area of the body is targeted by the therapist using techniques such as trigger point therapy to break down knots in muscles, Swedish massage which stimulates circulation of blood and lymph fluids, and stretching to increase range of motion.”


Laura Ahern is nationally-certified in massage and bodywork by the NCBTMB (The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork). She is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and has been a licensed Reiki Master Teacher since 2010. In 2011 she graduated with honors from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy (CCMT) in Westport, Connecticut where she is listed on the Center’s Approved Tutor List and has worked as an assistant teacher since March in the Center’s Clinic for Energetic Foundations.


Currently Ahern is studying to become professionally certified in MotherMassage® with Elaine Stillerman, founder. She anticipates securing her professional certificate this May and will begin offering this very unique specialty at the Green Blessings Center in June. Ahern is also taking continuing education classes at CCMT to learn additional modalities.


To learn more about the newly-opened Green Blessings Center, LLC at 774 Main Street South in Southbury, visit, or contact Laura Ahern or co-owner Cheryl Drown at 203-707-4212. Special Grand Opening offers are available through June.

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Photo: GreenBlessingsCenter.jpg – Co-owner and licensed massage therapist, Laura Ahern


Photo taken by Heather Norris of Heather Norris Photography, Bethlehem, CT (


Contacts: Barbara Branagan-Mitchell 860-210-0149; Laura Ahern 203-707-4212






SOUTHBURY -- The Green Blessings Center across from the gazebo in Southbury is where Christa Leonard said she finally got some relief from constant pain she'd been suffering for three years, the result of a car accident.


"I hurt my neck and back, said Leonard, 32. "I was tilted over from compensatory pain and tight muscles. My arms hurt. I couldn't move my neck. I'd seen doctors, tried muscle relaxers (medications), had trigger-point injections and gone to a chiropractor. Then I went to see Laura (Ahern) in May. In one session, I was able to turn my head from side to side. I was standing straighter."

Ahern is a licensed massage therapist and certified traditional usui reiki master.

She and her business partner and mother, Cheryl Drown, opened the center in April. Services range from from Swedish and customized massages to deep tissue, myofascial release, hot or cold stone therapy, trigger-point release, sports massage and more.

Ahern, a single mother of two, ages 7 and 10, previously worked as a corporate secretary, a school bus driver and an animal control assistant in Monroe. Drown, who handles the administrative duties, recently retired from Burns & Co., a certified public accounting firm.

"I wanted to do something when my youngest was in kindergarten, and my mother told me she would send me to continuing education, so I signed up for reiki classes," Ahern said. "I had never had reiki, but I took two courses and then studied" with a reiki master in New Hampshire.

A year later, she decided to look into massage school and went for a meeting at one in Westport. She started classes the next week.

"I love it," she said. "Just being able to help people and get people out of pain. I can take somebody who can barely move, work on them, and see their progress, and get them back to work and family."

Be it a stressed-out mom who's been up with twins all night or a new college graduate who needs to relax, Ahern can customize a massage to provide some relief.

The consultations are always free and never cut into your time on the table. We offer, 30 minute, 60 minute, 90 minute, 120 minute etc sessions. [edited by L. Ahern... The paper originally stated the "The first appointment is free." This was a misunderstanding.]

"It's when I find out if they have a sports or household injury or just a lot of stress and need to relax. I find out what they need. If it's an injury I research to see what techniques are best suited for the condition. And we go from there."

Green Blessings Center LLC, 774 Main St. South, Southbury. 203-707-4212,; 203-731-3347;