Brandie Poling says she wants to heal people through touch and she's taking her business to area residents.
Poling is a licensed massage therapist with mobile services based in Tiffin. Because she is mobile, Poling visits clients in their homes, which she said is great for people who are on disability or cannot leave their homes.
"I just really want to be able to reach out to people who need the service but don't know about it," Poling said.
For these patients, Poling said she needs a clear space to set up her table and allows clients to choose their own music.
As well as traditional table massage, Poling is promoting seated chair massages, a process in which clients rest in a special seat and do not need to get undressed. It is often quicker than traditional massage and has a high turn around rate for seeing multiple clients at a time.
"It's something not a lot of other therapists, even in Toledo, do right now," Poling said.
Poling is promoting the service for high stress work places such as offices. She said chair massage allows her to focus on certain areas which affect employees, such as neck, shoulders, arms and wrists.
In addition, Poling has been considering bringing her services to conventions and other high-traffic areas.
Poling graduated from Owens Community College in December 2009 and was licensed in January. She said she got into massage because she wanted to help people while being able to work for herself.
"I really wanted to do something for myself instead of working for somebody else," Poling said.
Poling offers a range of services, including prenatal, relaxation, trigger point, stretching and deep tissue, which is her preferred method.
"I definitely enjoy doing the deeper work, because that's what I'm cut out for. I don't know if it's my height or my leverage or what, but I just do deeper work better, so I do tend to lean more toward therapeutic work," Poling said.
"I want people to feel the effect for two or three days. If I have a good therapy plan going with a client they can probably feel it for a long time."