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'So much better': Closer to Home offering acupunture, massage therapy in Skaneateles

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'So much better': Closer to Home offering acupunture, massage therapy in Skaneateles

Rhonda Marr stands in the studio where she offers acupuncture and massage therapy services through her Closer to Home business on the second floor of Katz Hair & Nail Boutique in Skaneateles.

SKANEATELES | While Rhonda Marr named her acupuncture and massage therapy business Closer to Home, but the Cortland resident noted her new office is actually closer to her patients' homes.

After setting up shop in Cortland seven years ago and seeing patients in Baldwinsville for the past five years, the former personal injury paralegal has now established a studio at 833 W. Genesee St. Road in Skaneateles, on the second floor of Katz Hair & Nail Boutique.

While Marr said she still sees patients twice a week in Cortland, she began seeing several clients from Skaneateles and Marcellus visit her Baldwinsville office and decided to put an office in the community.

"i wanted to make it a little closer for my patients," she said.

As well as acupuncture and cupping, Marr offers a variety of massage therapy services, including hot stone and hot oil massages, and aroma acupoint therapy, which uses essential oils in place of needles.

In her Skaneateles studio, she said, she is available all day Monday, from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, and all day Friday and Saturday. She is also willing to take evening appointments since she knows many of her clients work during the day.

To make an appointment, she said, people can contact her directly at (607) 310-8579 or call Katz Hair & Nail Boutique at (315) 685-1467. People can also visit for more information on Closer to Home and on the medicine of acupuncture itself.

Marr noted acupuncture was invented by the ancient Chinese and helps the body heal itself by stimulating certain points on the body.

It can be used to treat chronic headaches and migraines, arthritis and knee pain, sciatica, fibromyalgia and other types of pain, she said, as well as anxiety and depression and even post traumatic stress disorder.

Marr said acupuncture can also treat menopausal disorders, such as hot flashes and night sweats, and even help patients with smoking cessation.

"It's the oldest practiced medicine," she said. "It's been in place for 5,000 years in the world. It's actually the only form of medicine that does not cause any harm."

As a paralegal, Marr said she worked with many clients who were not getting the proper relief from their through treatment with Western medicine. She learned that they might feel better if they underwent acupuncture and massage therapy to get help for their pain.

So, she decided to do something about it and be one of the people who could help them.

She earned a master’s degree in acupuncture from the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine at New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls and completed advanced training in both acupuncture and massage therapy.

Now, Marr said, she enjoys helping people and relieving their physical and emotional pain through traditional medicine.

When patients first walks into her office, she said, she can see the look of pain on their faces loudly and clearly. When they come in for their second visit, the relief from the symptoms is evident already.

Marr related the story of one patient who "took every single medication" to treat anxiety to no avail. When the patient visited Marr for acupuncture, she was finally able to find relief for her disorder.

"You know they feel so much better," Marr said. "Acupuncture works so well."

Skaneateles Journal Editor Jonathan Monfiletto can be reached at or (315) 283-1615. Follow him on Twitter @Skan_Monfiletto.


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