People have been coming to Caring Touch Massage for over ten years in Morris, but something will be changing. Mandy Rice will be taking over her mother, Michele Greiner’s, business. Inspiration to go into massage from their family is something that Mandy and her mother have in common. Michele took her mother-in-law to Hands for Health in Morris in 1998 when she was experiencing a lot of unexplained pain. Not only were they able to help Michele’s mother-in-law find alleviation from her pain, Donna Meyers even offered Michele an opportunity to study under her and then Michele was able to open her own business, which is where Caring Touch Massage came to fruition. We are fortunate in Morris to have so many business’ working together for a healthy community.
Now, Mandy has had the privilege to study under her own mother for the last several weeks. That’s in addition to getting relaxing massages from her for the last 18 years of course, making her very familiar with Michele’s style. But that’s not all she has been doing to prepare herself to take over ownership of Caring Touch Massage. She has been a nurse at Skyview in Morris for over ten years and was so thankful that they supported her in going from full time to part time at Skyview last year to allow her time to go back to school for massage therapy. She drove three days a week to Ridgewater College in Willmar to take classes, studied, and had to do 500 hours of massage. There was also a student massage center in Willmar where she was able to get in even more practice on people in the community. Her commitment to going back to school despite being so busy in her own work and home life shows the deep passion Mandy has for caring for other people. “I want to thank my mom for this amazing opportunity,” Mandy says, “and the community that they are open to allowing me to come into this as a new person. I’m thankful and excited to see where this adventure is going to go.”
There are many different techniques for massage, but Mandy and her mother focus more on therapeutic massage. Mandy also likes to give people techniques and things they can try at home on their own to help themselves to feel better. They have options anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour and a half massages. She says their most popular service is the hour-long massage, which allows more time to work on the areas people need help in without having to rush it, “With the goal of people feeling better than when they came,” says Mandy. “I believe in the power of touch to allow people rest and relaxation in the middle of their busy lives.”
Although Mandy has been learning under her mother and her specific techniques, she knows they will not be exactly the same and it may take some adjustment with Michele’s regulars. “Some of the people she has been seeing for 18 years and they have a strong relationship,” says Mandy, “Most of them will give me a chance which I am thankful for that. There is a habit and consistency of walking into the same office though.”
Caring Touch Massage will not be changing locations, but if you have had massages in the past here, you will notice a new smiling face. With Michele and Mandy’s care and consideration for others, customers will definitely feel better when they leave the business than when they came in.