When massage therapist Sandy Reichard had to close her Sussex business for 10 and a half weeks last spring because of the pandemic, she didn’t know if she would survive.
But when he reopened he discovered that during the closure, people had learned the importance of taking care of themselves, he said.
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With social media and word of mouth, she grabbed more customers and suddenly got very busy.
Driven by rising demand, Reichard, owner of Kneaded Time Massage in Sussex, has just opened a second location in downtown Menomonee Falls.
Its new location is within Thrive Family Chiropractic, N88 W16644 Appleton Ave.
“I believe God has protected me and brought me to a new stage in life,” he said.
“I’ve always wanted to help people”
Reichard said he always wanted a career to change people’s lives. “I’ve always wanted to help people,” he said. “For a long time, I never knew what that (career) would be.”
But when she got into massage therapy, she fell in love instantly and knew this was what she needed to do. He graduated from the Blue Sky School of Professional Massage & Bodywork Therapy in 2010.
Because she also completed her training through the Washington County School of Aesthetics in Slinger to become a stipulated beautician during the pandemic, she can now offer skin services in addition to massage services.
He opened Kneaded Time Massage in Sussex, N63 W23583 Main St, five years ago.
It was the first business I had, he said.
“Starting a business is daunting, but the day-to-day is not bad,” he said.
It is certified for massages, such as a hot bamboo massage, which uses heated bamboo sticks and promotes relaxation, loosens muscle tension, increases circulation and relieves anxiety. It is certified for specialized massages for people with cancer, HIV / AIDS and orthopedic pain.
He said he does more therapeutic messages where he finds the problem with the muscle or with the muscle tension and then solves the problem.
“Massage is interpersonal and I can establish a relationship with clients,” she said. “They become family members. That (massages) means a lot to clients.”
He said he chose to open his second location in downtown Menomonee Falls because he likes how all businesses are supported. “They all have their backs,” he said. “That’s what I need.”
She participates in the Greater Menomonee Falls Foundation Farmers Market to showcase her services and wants to educate more people about what massage therapy can offer.
“I want to show people that it’s therapeutic and helps relieve stress,” he said.
For more information
To learn more about kneading time massage or to make an appointment, visit https://www.kneadedtimemassage.com.
Cathy Kozlowicz can be contacted at 262-361-9132 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at @kozlowicz_cathy.