Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2011 6:00 pm
Elements hopes to show clients a different side of massage
A new therapeutic massage studio just of Interstate 10 and Ray Road in Casa Paloma hopes to show area residents what therapeutic massage is all about.
"This is home for both of us," said Cami Crouch, co-owner of Elements Therapeutic Massage. "Janet (Schwab, co-owner) was born and bred here for the most part. I've worked right down the street for so many years that this is literally my backyard. It's a place we were both very comfortable with. We felt like we were part of the community and wanted to get even more involved with that."
The two women opened their doors for business on Feb. 1, and celebrated with a ribbon cutting by the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce a month later on March 4.
"It was wonderful," Schwab said. "Probably about 30 to 35 chamber members came for the ribbon cutting and gave us our business buck for luck. I'm hoping to get more involved with the chamber. I've been to a lot of mixers with them and feel like I've developed a lot of friendships already. It's a wonderful community."
Schwab is a retired teacher from Chandler and Crouch worked for ADP for 16 years in the Valley. The two have been friends for a long time.
"Janet and I always talked about doing something," Crouch said. "It was one of those ‘some day we want to try something on our own.' Probably a year ago we decided ‘you know what, let's stop talking let's just do it.' So I retired, too."
The women watched trends in the market and found something they were really interested in that was still growing.
"We fell in love with the people that run Elements because it is a different mind set," Schwab said. "It's about therapists and matching them the best we can with clients. We really think about and focus on that particular one."
Therapists at Elements are highly appreciated. Each one was carefully chosen so that clients can get the best massage for them.
"Through the interview process I had a massage from every single one," Schwab said. "Everyone thinks that'd be so easy but you have to concentrate while they're doing it. We were looking for people who had a passion and people who wanted to be with people. We were looking at their skills."
The studio has nine therapists and because Schwab has received a massage from each one she believes she can match anyone to just what they need.
Now, the women are just happy to be in business. They're offering a special through March of $59 for a 55-minute massage or two gift cards for a 55-minute massage for $99. They also offer memberships without a contract and with no money down to start.
"We're only as good as our last service," Crouch said. "We don't ask anyone to sign a contract. We have to provide that exemplary service in order to keep a client with us so that's our main focus: Providing a great environment and a great experience and our clients continue to stay with us."
Elements Therapeutic Massage, 7131 W. Ray Road, Suite 4, accepts walk-ins and same-day appointments and is open every day of the week.