Typically when people think of spa services, especially in Park City, they imagine the swankiest resorts, the priciest services, an all-day event of pampering. But Lily Tian, owner of Massage Oasis, is revamping that image.
Massage Oasis offers a simplified menu, and at a price point anyone can afford. The new business opened two months ago offering only two services: body massages and foot massages. Most customers walk in, making the experience all about quick comfort when you want it rather than a full-day event. Whether it's a lunch break, a stop on the way home after a long day on the slopes or sandwiched between errands on the weekend, Massage Oasis serves those looking for their quick fix of relaxation.
"Here, we keep it simple," Tian said. "Business is good, and it is uncomplicated. I like it that way."
"We are here for anyone, for the public," she said. "Our prices are very good."
Working as a doctor in China, Tian moved to the United States 12 years ago with her son to join a research team at the University of Utah. Her family lives mostly in China still, meaning she has been in the habit of taking vacations there every year or two. And every trip, she found herself making regular trips to the small massage businesses, getting a quick foot massage every day. That was where the idea to create her own business modeled on her trips to China came from, the foot massages she made time for every day.
"I wanted to try," Tian said. " Salt Lake City was a good start, but I am happy to grow the business now."
"The second location only just opened," she added. "I don't know if it will be successful or not but it has possibility."
Prices at Massage Oasis range depending on the length of the massage, starting at $30 for a 30 minute foot massage ranging up to $130 for a two-hour-long, full-body massage. Foot massages incorporate reflexology into the more traditional techniques. Charts outlining reflexology philosophies line the wall, a quiet, dimly lit space where customers can recline in oversized chairs while they receive their massage.
"A small massage can do so much to relax you," Tian said. "People don't realize how much better they can feel, how much it can relax you and make you feel healthier and happier."
The Park City location is the second she has opened, the first Massage Oasis opening a year and a half ago in Salt Lake City. A researcher at heart, Tian described the decision to open the business as an experiment. Despite never running a business before, she wanted to give it a try and see if it would work. Quickly, she realized she had hit on something successful.
In less than a year, she had resolved to open her second location, and she decided on Park City because she felt the clientele, the locals in the area, would appreciate the no-muss, no-fuss massages. And she seems to be on to something, with several customers stopping by fresh off the mountain looking to warm up and relax before they make the drive home.
"I saw foot massage services were scarce," Tian said. "Park City seemed like a good place to bring the business."
"Chinese foot massages, there are not that many (businesses) like mine around," she added.
1890 Bonanza Dr. Ste. 103
Open Seven Days a Week
9 a.m. to 10 p.m.