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Catching on: Massage therapy business experiencing growth as first anniversary approaches

Published By: Jeff Mores, managing editor, Rosemount TownPages

It's been almost a year since Rosemount resident Lynette Stauffer helped convince the Rosemount City Council to change its stance on allowing massage therapists to practice within city limits. For years, the ordinance did not allow for such a thing. So Stauffer took a stand.

In the end, the council decided to have a new ordinance drawn up. For the first time in years, massage therapy was allowed in Rosemount. And Stauffer was the first to take advantage, opening her own practice, called Strokes for Folks, in the Rosemount Plaza in the downtown area.

It's been seven months since Stauffer opened her doors for business at Strokes for Folks and she believes things are definitely headed in the right direction. The first order of business was creating an environment that promoted harmony and wellness. Stauffer was the lone massage therapist at the business and she ran the show.

Seven months later, Strokes for Folks is still landing new clients each week and the business is starting to grow. Licensed massage therapist Karen Gillespie came aboard last year, creating the opportunity to serve more clients. And on Jan. 1, Stauffer welcomed her son, David Stauffer Jr., into the business.

In the family
Watching the business grow has been exciting for Stauffer, but having her son working toward the same goals has made it extra special. "I'm really proud of him," Lynette Stauffer said. "He earned his certification in October and he's a natural at massage therapy. He's my massage therapist. He's the therapist's therapist." Growing up in the Stauffer household, David couldn't help but be exposed to the profession.

"Massage is something I used to do for my dad when he came home from work," David Stauffer said. "When I left my job as a veterinarian technician, my mom was going to school for massage and I was always hearing about it. I was her study partner, so I started to get familiar with all the terms and parts of the body. After a while, I figured why not? I enjoyed it and it came pretty naturally to me." So now the Stauffers work together, bringing relief and comfort to their clients. They, along with Gillespie, have grown Strokes for Folks. The business now offers everything from chair massage to table massage therapy. The focus is on limiting stress and working with each individual to achieve a state of wellness. In addition, Gillespie has added a healing stone therapy to the growing list of services Strokes for Folks provides.

"Things are going really well at this point," Lynette Stauffer said. "Eventually, it would be nice to expand a little further and have six therapy rooms. The big thing in the beginning was getting people to realize that there was such a thing as massage therapy right here in Rosemount again."

According to Stauffer, Strokes for Folks enjoyed its most productive months to date during this past holiday season.