After years of working in wellness and practicing massage therapy, Wen Vaughan finally decided to do what others had been telling her for years—open her own place.
“It just seemed like the right time,” she said.
After more than six months of construction, Vaughan opens Graham Park Massage in Cranberry on Monday, Jan. 7.
Offering a variety of massages, including Thai and Swedish massage, “Feet Treats” and energy work, the business is located adjacent to Graham Park near the Graham Central Coffee House & Cafe and Snap Fitness.
For those athletes playing baseball, football games and more at the park, Graham Park Massage also offers sports massages and junior sports massages.
“I think with the traffic in the park, it will be perfect,” Vaughan said.
Prior to opening Graham Park Massage, Vaughan, a Cranberry resident, spent years working as a corporate wellness director for Brayman Construction Corporation. Along with all the body workers at Graham Park Massage, Vaughan is a licensed massage therapist and even spent time in Thailand learning massage techniques, including Thai Massage.
Sometimes called the “Lazy Man’s Yoga,” Thai Massages involves moving and positioning clients into deep stretches, Vaughan said. The practice, which Vaughan said often isn't found locally, leaves the client feeling relaxed, yet energized.
“It was so incredibly wonderful,” she said of the three weeks she spent in Thailand. “I’ve been trying to get back there ever since.”
Vaughan said Graham Park stands out from other massage locations in that it offers foot therapy, including soaks, scrubs and paraffin dips, and other unique services. Tracie Yautz, a doctor of naturopathy also will be joining the practice to offer natural wellness treatments to clients.
Inside the warm and welcoming space is four treatment rooms, including a joint room for couples massages and a foot treatment area. As for the décor, Vaughan said she wanted to tie into Graham Park, which is why she included an eight-foot mural of the Ralph Mashuda Memorial Bridge on the wall of the reception area.
“I wanted the building to reflect the beauty of the park,” she said.
Graham Park Massage will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday. For a full list of services, click here.
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