Serenity triumphs with morning massage
Cindy Frazier loves to make people happy, to make them feel good. She has spent enough time with her own pain to know the tender mercies of the little things, like a full-body Swedish massage at 5:30 in the morning.
After waking from a coma induced by a tragic car accident in 2000 Frazier, owner of Serene Triumph, had to re-learn basic mechanical and intellectual skills like walking, talking and reading. She had hit bottom.
As she began to build herself back up, she found it was serving others that brought her the most joy. She took several different jobs, but giving massages to family and friends is what made her happy.
"I used to wake up and give my sweetheart a full-body massage before I went to work," she said about Bill Spedmeyer, who happens to be the one who saved her life the night of the accident. "I also used to give massages to disabled people while I was working graveyards and as a medical assistant. They just make people feel better and I like that."
Frazier said she used to give massages to co-workers who would complain of headaches, adding that sometimes she thought "they came to work with headaches on purpose."
"This is something I’ve done for years just for fun; I wasn’t licensed and I didn’t make it into a career until recently," she added.
Eventually, Frazier realized she wanted to be a full-time massage therapist, something she had done as a hobby for more than 10 years.
"It was about 10 years ago my mother-in-law suffered from disintegrated discs in her back to the point that she couldn’t really feel her legs," Frazier said. "I used to work on her feet and she said it was of the only things that helped. She was one of my biggest supporters for becoming a massage therapist."
She went back to school at Everest College and earned national certification for massage therapy, as well as state certification for Utah. After working at several different spas, she realized she wanted to start her own business.
"Since I was disabled for so long, I decided I needed to find something more secure and more profitable than having just an hourly wage," she said. "I needed more security in my life. I did two years of massaging at 4 in the morning and I knew it was what I wanted to do."
Through responses given by Spedmeyer, as well as co-workers and clients throughout her life, Frazier had the idea to open an outcall massage business that she named Serene Triumph.
"I am going to target working on people early in the morning before they start their day, before they go skiing, before they go to work," she said. "This is something that hasn’t been introduced to Park City yet and I like mornings. If I can be up and be at someone’s house to work on them early in the morning, I think it helps them throughout the day and it helps me."
Frazier said when someone gets a massage at 6 a.m. before they start their day it helps them use their current relaxed state to their advantage, as opposed to getting a massage at the end of the day when there is a buildup of stress and tension.
"Your day is all the way ahead of you and you have stress in your body you haven’t gotten rid of yet, but you’re already relaxed," she said. "Whether your going skiing or to work, after you wake up you have the right mindset to relax and get a massage, as opposed to at night when you’re not ready for it."
"I’m trying to aim as early as 6 a.m.," she continued. "I worked on this one guy at 6 a.m. and he said his day was great and very relaxed."
Her goal, she said was to help people feel comfortable getting a message. She visits her clients at their homes, whenever they schedule the appointment.
"Nobody wants to get up, get ready, go to an office, get a massage, then go home, get ready again and then go to work," she said. "It kind of takes away from the luxury of getting a massage."
Frazier said that although she can perform myriad forms of massage, she focuses on traditional Swedish massage. The lumbar area and feet are her specialty, but she’ll help ease pain any way she can. She just wants to help.
"The accident really made me understand other people because I could look at them and see them trying to get through something and getting frustrated," she said. "I could look at them and tell them about how I did what they’re trying to do. I can share my story."
In the spirit of helping others, Frazier said she is an active participant in a charity called Free Wheelchair Mission. For every client paying full-price for a massage, Frazier said she will donate an entire wheelchair to the cause.
Massages are $75 an hour for the first visit, $100 per hour thereafter. Package deals are also available. Appointments can be made by calling (435) 659-6272.
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