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Well in hands

When Tami Flowers reopened her massage business in Exeter less than two years ago, she was surprised by two things – how quickly her clients came back and how much rent had risen during her four-year hiatus from the business.

“Things were going well in Exeter but the rent meant there was little left over,” Flowers said. “I needed to find something more economical.”

Now living just outside of Lindsay, Flowers decided to check out the Wellness Center which had just opened when she moved back to the Central Valley from the Central Coast in 2011. She said she was impressed by the state-of-the-art facility, its adult-only clientele and the atmosphere of professionalism by the staff as well as other, medical-related tenants. She was surprised once again when they told her the price to lease a second-story space for massage. It was a third of what she was paying in Exeter.

“I was really able to reduce my overhead and work closer to where I live,” Flowers said. “And those were just the immediate benefits.”

Flowers has owned her own massage business since opening on Pine Street in Exeter in the late 1990s. She took a four-year hiatus to get her Certified Nursing Assistant credential at Cuesta College before returning to Exeter in 2011 to reopen on Maple Street. Flowers remains a member of the Exeter Chamber of Commerce, which held a ribbon cutting for her new location on June 25.

After opening her new business in Lindsay, Flowers began to see an influx of new clients from Lindsay, Porterville and just down the stairs. With Pro-PT physical therapy in the first floor of the facility, Flowers said people rehabilitating injuries were looking for relief from the pain and soreness of the intense sessions.

“Physical therapy is similar to when a personal trainer is asking you to do that one last set but your body is saying there isn’t anything left,” she said. “It is such a long, painful process and it is not fun. At the end of the session, they are looking to give themselves a reward for making it through.”

The Wellness Center is also a gym, so many older adults just getting in a workout are also looking to alleviate soreness. The facility also offers access to showers for those who need to return to work after a massage. In fact, Flowers said she is picking up new clients every few days because there is so much traffic between special events, seminars, workshops, conferences, exercise classes and youth sports at the Wellness Center.

“There is a lot of opportunity here to grow my business,” she said. “This summer I saw a lot of moms dropping off their kids for swim classes and then leave. I’m hoping they might be interested in treating themselves to a massage while they wait.”

Flowers offers Swedish massage for relaxation, deep tissue massage for injuries and prenatal massage for pregnant mothers. Studies suggest that pregnancy massage can lower anxiety, decrease back and leg pain, improved sleep and even lower levels of the stress hormone norepinephrine, according to WebMD.com.

“The biggest problem most pregnant women have is sciatic pain due to the pressure on their vertebrae,” Flowers said. “I lay them on their side to make them more comfortable and work to relieve that problem, which can cause numbness and a lot of pain.”

Flowers is currently offering a $10 discount on any first-time client. For more information or to book a massage, call Tami Flowers at 559-467-6924. The Wellness Center is located at 860 N. Sequoia Ave. in Lindsay.

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