Massages will help alleviate stressWritten by Aya Khalil | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Pampering yourself might just be the New Year’s resolution to keep.
“Massages are good for increasing circulation and decreasing pain,” said Ruth Dotson, co-owner of Elements Day Spa, 5122 Heatherdowns Blvd. “It’s great for relaxation, helps with headaches and helps reduce tension. It makes you feel better all over, even especially in this kind of weather and economy where everyone is down. You go outside and it’s gray. But when you come in, people get a massage in a warm, relaxing environment. It improves the whole attitude by decreasing pain and increasing flexibility.”
The spa was founded three years ago by three friends: Patricia Roth, a licensed manicurist and pedicurist; and Julie Rodriquez and Dotson, who are both licensed massage therapists.
Different packages are available at the spa. A 30-minute massage costs $30, one hour is $50 and 75 minutes is $65, Dotson said. A classic manicure and pedicure costs $40. The biggest seller in gift certificates is the $125 package, which includes 190 minutes of an aromatherapy massage and a manicure and pedicure.
“Customers can use the minutes at different times. It’s so hard for people to get three hours for themselves so they need to break it up,” Dotson said.
She recommends people with high-stress jobs or high-stress lives get massages more often.
“Most of our clients come in every other week,” she said. ” … Everyone’s frequency will be different.”
Chef Dennis Wilhelm appreciates a good massage, too. When he wasn’t spending enough time with his wife, a massage therapist, he came up with an idea: A massage and dinner for couples in their home.
“We both have full-time positions and we weren’t spending a lot of time together,” Wilhelm said. “So I tried to do come up with something my wife and I can do together, to tie the businesses together.”
That’s how My Chef and At Peace Massage Therapy came together five years ago.
“We bring a massage therapist and chef at the home with a full one-hour relaxation massage, while the chef is cooking a meal you picked from our menu,” Wilhelm said. “When the massage is over, we serve the meal, pour the wine and leave.”
Wilhelm said being in one’s own home makes it intimate. His wife, Kim, and another massage therapist go to the couple’s home, along with a chef, which is usually him.
“It’s just relaxing and a good gourmet dinner,” he said. “Anytime you can relax yourself with a massage you benefit the body. My wife is very much into therapeutic massages.”
Gift certificates are popular, he said, especially for anniversaries or holidays with prices starting at $275. For customers who want the massage and dinner date promptly, prices start at $325.
For more information, go to www.dinnerandmassage.com or call (419) 356-4831. To make an appointment at Elements Day Spa, call (419) 266-1326 or visit www.elements-dayspa.org.