WYOMING — It takes a knack.

Healing Hands Massage & Spa has developed a devoted clientele over the years with its upscale mix of therapeutic massage and wellness packages.

So it was exciting for owner and founder Bridget Barnes in the moments before a ribbon cutting Wednesday afternoon at its new location on 15 E. Bethany Rd. in the village.

“I’m very excited,” she said. “I’ve been in business for 25 years and I’m just making a better change for my clients and myself ... It just kind of changed over during the whole COVID thing. I made the decision and as soon as we could open, I started working here. I already had the massage room built.”

Barnes had long operated Healing Hands at its earlier location on West Buffalo Street in Warsaw. She built her new space two years ago at home to give her the accessibility and the option.

Although located at her home, the Healing Hands spaces is in a separate part and takes up its own area. It provides a warm, cozy ambience with its ongoing emphasis on friendly and professional treatment.

The establishment continues to offer therapeutic massage, spa body treatments, hot stone treatments, an infrared sauna, facials, wellness services and supplements, and more.

Has it been challenging amid the COVID-19 pandemic?

“Because I have such a great clientele and a long time in Wyoming County, I’m really not having any problems with that,” Barnes said. “I do have two other staff working with me right now — Josh Hunt and Kim Pavnick — and I hope to get my other staff back eventually when they’re ready.”

The location itself is located at the base of a winding hill leading out of the village, so clients can enjoy the scenery besides — currently autumn colors.

“I’m actually inviting my clients if they want to come early,” Barnes said. “They can either use the sauna ahead of time, relax in the massage chair by the fireplace, sit out back by the creek and just be one with nature.”

She and her staff are creating a wellness experience, in other words. The new location is open and she hopes to have an open house in the future.

“I love my job, my career,” Barnes said. “I love helping people. I love figuring out how I can help them feel better and become pain-free.

“I actually feel like it’s a bit more-personalized for the clients,” she continued. “It’s calmer for me, having a smaller space, and I just feel like I can really focus and listen, and be the best therapist I can for them.”

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