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Massage therapy at your service

ANNA BLOOM Of the Record staff

Lauren Keiser started her Park City Massage Therapy business this fall, but already she’s getting swamped with phone calls and it isn’t even March, "the busiest month of the year," she says. Keiser, who has managed local massage companies for the past five years, has observed an almost unreal demand throughout the Park City area for massage, and decided to assemble her own team of therapists. "I think people in this area get massages because this is such an active community and people realize the health benefits of getting regular massages," she says. Park City Massage Therapy caters to all types of clients. Therapists are experienced in Swedish, sports and deep-tissue massage to knead away the stress of Park City’s residents, who aggressively hit the slopes in the winter and trails in the summer, Park City’s guests, using once-a-year ski muscles on vacation and professional athletes, with specific needs. Keiser chose to make the business outcall since she finds most people tend to feel more at ease receiving a massage in the privacy of their own home or rented room. Her therapists come equipped with massage tables and equipment, and can manage group calls, she says. "After a hard day on the slopes, they feel more at ease and it makes jumping into the shower afterward easier," Keiser explained. A Park City resident for 14 years, Keiser received her first massage six years ago, and has since incorporated massage into her health regime: she takes care of her skin, she stays active, and she gets a massage every two weeks. Those who don’t recognize Keiser without her fluffy white Samoyed, Painter, ("he’s gotten to be pretty famous around town," she says) may recognize her from Cisero’s Nightclub, where she tends bar four to five nights each week. Keiser has worked as a bartender on Main Street for 10 years, and found the tension she used to feel in her neck as a result of her job disappeared when she began seeing a massage therapist on a regular basis. "I find massage relaxes the mind as well as the body. Getting massages has changed my outlook, and it’s something I believe in," she explains.

Like Keiser, many Park City Massage Therapy therapists have worked or continue to work a second job in the area, at a local spa in town or in the Salt Lake Valley. Some have more than a decade’s worth of massage experience, and all of Park City Massage Therapy’s therapists are licensed by the state of Utah, Keiser says.

Keiser is poised for The Sundance Film Festival crowd, she reports, and the slew of visitors over Presidents’ Day weekend, and is definitely not sweating "the busiest month of the year," she says. But those who have yet to get their massage-dose these days should make an advanced reservation especially between the post-resort time hours of 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

"This year has been especially hard to find enough therapists due to the high demand in the industry," she admits. "But I definitely have enough therapists on-call and available, so long as people call ahead." Park City Massage Therapy Outcall Massage charges $85 for a one-hour massage and $125 for an hour-and-a-half massage. To schedule an appointment, call (435) 649-2639. For more information, log onto http://www.parkcitymassagetherapy.com.


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