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Make an escape to the Caribbean in Rutland

You don't have to jet down to the tropics to find your inner bliss. Now you can visit Carlos Lupton at Caribbean Massage, located at 79 Center St. in Rutland, to get in touch with your very own tropical isle of the mind. Lupton's new business specializes in therapeutic massage.

Lupton offers several different types of massage; each type of massage is designed to address a specific need within the body:

•Swedish massage strokes are recommended to relax the entire body.

•Deep tissue massage is for muscles traumatized by injury, stress or strain.

•Pressure point therapy is for persistent muscle pain that won't go away-this involves energy movement moving the chi and unblocking energy along the meridian points.

•Sports massage helps to alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body's soft tissue during physical activity, it can also be used to help athletes achieve their peak performance before an event by reducing muscle tension and promoting flexibility.

•Pregnancy massage helps release stress in a woman's body; it can also help to reduce swelling, back and neck pain and improve circulation. Lupton teaches individuals how to safely massage their babies, which keeps the babies from getting gas.

Lupton is a graduate of the Vermont Institute of Massage Therapy in South Burlington. The school specializes in teaching students to view massage therapy as a form of physical therapy. Its approach is teaching a medical practice, which is in line with how Lupton views his service.

Although Lupton is a college-trained mathematician, his first love is massage therapy. It is a subject close to his heart. Over 15 years ago on the way home to Vermont from Jamaica he was brutally attacked in the Miami airport.

"I was left for dead. I was in pain for years. I had seven cracked vertebrae; the doctors told me I wouldn't ever be able to walk and I would be in pain forever. I had some friends who really helped me out. One was a chiropractor; the other one was a massage therapist. They worked on me for over 18 months. So now I am helping other people like they helped me," he said.

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