TYLER - People in the Tyler area who have problems with chronic pain now have access to non-drug therapy since the Natural Touch Massage and Healing salon opened last month.
Neuromuscular massage therapy, also called Trigger Point Massage, is a method of treating and preventing soft tissue injury through a specific style of massage that includes pressure to specific points of the musculo-skeletal system.
Massage therapist Kari Dass spent 15 years working as a Jill-of-all-trades at Tyler Healthcare Center before going into massage therapy.
Photo by Steve Browne
Kari Dass opened a massage studio in Tyler last month offering neuromuscular massage therapy for chronic pain management.
"I was activity director, or nurse, a nurses aid in the nursing home," Dass said. "You wear a lot of hats there."
Dass and her husband, Curt, owned Tyler Wholesale Foods, and when it closed down last year, Kari Dass saw it as an opportunity to take her calling for helping people to a new level.
She decided to study massage therapy at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Luverne campus.
"I chose my specialty probably because my mother and father-in-law needed help in that area and it was something I wanted to do," she said. "I've personally gone to therapists and I know the benefits."
Natural Touch Massage and Healing opened for business last month, and on Thursday had a grand opening.
Sue Bee has been a customer since the salon opened.
"I love the peace and serenity of the facility for doing what your doing, which is turning over your aches and pains to her," Bee said.
Natural Touch will be open Monday through Thursday, and Friday by appointment. So far, Kari Dass is both receptionist and therapist, with some help from her daughter, Tasia Dass, when needed.
Dass said word-of-mouth is one of the best ways to promote a massage business and estimates she's about one-third full already.
"I knew Kari and Curt, and I had a massage a couple of days ago and thought I'd come over for the grand opening," said Pamela Veire. "It was the first one I'd ever had and I thought it was wonderful."
When the business is full, Dass said she may need to hire someone to man the front desk full-time.
In addition to massage therapy, Dass offers hot paraffin, reflexology, and hot stone massage on the salon side of the business. But her main concentration is helping people with chronic pain issues and working with physicians and chiropractors to help people transition to non-drug means of dealing with pain.
"If people want to get off meds with a doctor's assistance, I can help," Dass said. "Chiropractors work on bone structure, we do muscles, so we can work together."