Three years ago Anita Brown began running Inspirit Studios, which specialized in an energy therapy called Reiki, meditation and healing touch, out of her home.
Last fall, she partnered with a few like-minded colleagues to open a studio on South State Street in September.
The business has now grown to include Brown, Angela Allbee, a Reiki practitioner, meditation coordinator and healing touch student; Deniece Russell-Fedalen, a massage technician and Reiki practitioner; and Kim Stockslager, a massage therapist and esthetician, which is someone who administers skin care treatments.
Reiki is a process that is designed to help clients clear out their chakras, or energy centers, which are believed to become clogged due to the stresses of everyday life, according to Brown.
"Our goal is to hold a space for that person to receive energy and help balance and open those chakras and make their energy system as vibrant as possible," Brown said.
All four women hold other jobs in addition to their work at Inspirit, but it's worth the extra work, Stockslager said.
"At the end of the day when a client tells you they feel so much better it's worth it," she said.
Inspirit is nestled on the second floor of a colonial-style-house-turned-office that looks more like it should be the setting of a Jane Austen novel, than a commercial space. It is a great setting for the massage, healing, meditation and skin care services the Inspirit offers, said Stockslager.
"It is a warm and inviting environment where people can feel like they're walking into someone's home and feel comfortable enough to be able to relax and open up their mind for their upcoming treatment," she said.
Since opening, Inspirit has added staff and expanded its offerings to include crystal, sound, and aroma therapies.
"We are coming into an age where people are starting to recognize that not all the answers are located in a pill or in a surgery," Stockslager said. "There are other things people can do to include an all-encompassing way of healing the body."
The studio offers many different types of massage therapy, including hot stone, deep tissue, Swedish and Mu Xing, which uses carved bamboo that has been warmed to massage muscles. Facials and waxing services are also available.
Inspirit also offers individual and small group meditation sessions, in addition to the community meditation session that they host from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. on Saturdays. Those sessions are free and open to the public.
Inspirit also hosts special events with guests like a life coach and a psychic medium. A plan is also in the works to begin holding small group yoga sessions at the studio. Most services, however, are by appointment only.
Page 2 of 2 - The staff of Inspirit Studios will be hosting an open house on Saturday to introduce themselves to the community. The event will feature door prizes, refreshments and information, Stockslager said.
"We will all be here to answer questions that anyone may have about different styles of massage, different styles of energy work, upcoming classes and special events we offer here," she said.