Larma Volk, a Sparks Chamber of Commerce member and senior judge, came out feeling relaxed and soothed.
“It felt great,” she said. “I’ve got knots in my neck and lower back. I haven’t had a massage for years. They really get everything in your body moving.”
The Sparks location of Massage Envy held its grand opening Wednesday and lured Sparks Chamber members with an invitation for a free 15-minute chair massage and a tour of the facility, which opened Dec. 8. Massage Envy is located at 155 Disc Drive, #106. And it worked, as about 30 people attended and were satisfied after their tensions were temporarily put to a halt.
Sparks store owner Joe Wieczorek is excited about the prospects for a clinic like his in the Sparks Galleria center and gave tours of the clinic as people came.
“What makes us unique is that that we offer a couples massage,” Wieczorek said. “It helps people get used to it, so if a spouse doesn’t feel comfortable, they can bring their partner.”
The clinic offers 11 rooms with beds and chairs. A tranquility area is the first stop, complete with dimmed lights, calming music and a wall water panel to help clients get in the mood.
Wieczorek spent five years in Arizona after graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno. While in Arizona, he often frequented a Massage Envy and when he returned to Nevada, he decided he wasn’t coming back without having a store in his own area.
“I got hooked on its benefits,” Wieczorek said of getting a regular massage.
An hour-long massage costs $39 or a 90-minute massage is available for $57. Monthly memberships are encouraged for reduced prices. The Sparks location offers 11 therapists, all of whom are licensed and certified.
“Sparks needs the services here,” Wieczorek said. “The population base here is good and it’s in the shopping center.”
Wednesday night’s grand opening celebrated the second of a chain of stores opening in Reno and Carson City. Soon-to-be owners of the Carson City Massage Envy location, Doug and Terri Osanna, were also at the grand opening to support Wieczorek.
“We previously had a company based on federal policies and now we want something calming and relaxing,” Terri said. “We were members (of Massage Envy) for a while, and when we moved to south Reno we started interviewing other franchises and liked this one.”
Massage Envy’s therapists are familiar with a variety of techniques for Swedish, deep tissue, and sports massages and find their occupation relaxing for themselves.
Steven Tometczak, 20, said he was looking for work before entering the military, and his mother suggested trade school. So he attended the Milan Institute, where he found his niche.
“I enjoy it very much,” Tometczak said. “I find people usually have the most trouble with their upper shoulders and neck because of stress mainly from work.”
Asked what techniques he prefers using, he said, “It depends on what they need. I use direct pressure.”
Tometczak said he likes the great environment and working with a staff of “good personalities.”
The staff celebrated its opening with a ribbon cutting and brief presentation of its first dollar of profit from the Chamber’s executive director Len Stevens.