By LEIGH C. MERRIFIELD
News & Journal Editor

 Pictured above, LMT Debbie Thompson and her husband Kim are just about ready to open the doors at Massage Therapy & Spa’s new location in Clarksburg.  After six weeks of renovating, they may need a soothing treatment themselves!
Pictured above, LMT Debbie Thompson and her husband Kim are just about ready to open the doors at Massage Therapy & Spa’s new location in Clarksburg. After six weeks of renovating, they may need a soothing treatment themselves!

Many area residents have become familiar with Massage Therapy & Spa, located on Meadowbrook Road, over the past 11 years. There, they have taken some “me time” to relax for an hour or so and remove themselves from the stress of daily life! That same caring service will still be available – just from a different location!

Massage Therapy & Spa is moving to uptown Clarksburg next week and will officially be open for business on December 2nd at 113 South 4th Street in Clarksburg.
“The prospect arose to move into a new spot; in fact it kind of came to me!” said owner Debbie Thompson, a licensed massage therapist who has been making people feel better for 20 years now. “And I decided that sometimes things happen for a reason, so I seized the opportunity.”
Debbie explained further her reasons for moving, saying, “It’s an awesome location with easy access and parking, and it’s all on one floor – the first floor. It is centrally located in an area that is showing signs of many new developments – for instance, renovations to the theater in Clarksburg, plus a new hotel and conference center. I’ll be right in the midst of all this!”
The building is 100 years old, and its new owners are revitalizing it. They will live loft-style on the 2nd floor and the 3rd floor in time will be transformed into office and/or social space. Part of its character is that it still has some interior old brick walls.
“We’ve been working for about six weeks and have made lots of improvements to our space,” Debbie added. “We’ve put up some new walls and painted quite a bit. We’ll have a much more spacious lobby area, three treatment rooms, and yes, we’ll still have our hot tub for those who need it!”
Debbie says that her clients seem to be very excited about her move.
“They’ll see some noticeable changes to the décor,” she continued. “Everything will be a little more modern and upscale looking. But we will still offer the same relaxed atmosphere and great service. After the first of the year, I may even add new therapists and perhaps more services in the future. All in all, things have fallen into place nicely and I’m very enthusiastic about making this move.”
Debbie says she has never regretted becoming a massage therapist. She is doing something she loves – having personal contact with people and making them feel better! Although her client list has grown considerably over the years, she is happy that many of her clients have been with her since she started and friendships have evolved.
Oddly, massage is one of the oldest of the healing arts! Why has it become so prevalent in recent years? Debbie confirmed that it is increasingly popular perhaps because people today are much more ‘wellness’ focused and many prefer to try massage to alleviate stress rather than taking pills.
“Massage has so many benefits,” she explained. It can relieve stress and encourage relaxation; it increases circulation, improves flexibility, strengthens the immune system, keeps muscles healthy, promotes deeper and easier breathing, and in general, helps get rid of everyday aches and pains brought on by stress. We all lead such busy lives, we don’t take time to give our bodies their proper maintenance, and massage therapy can do that for us.”
In addition to individual massages, Massage Therapy & Spa’s couples massages have become a popular item – which include 15 minutes in the hot tub, chocolates and wine along with the massage!
Massage Therapy & Spa also offers spa facials – cleaning, scrub, mask and aromatherapy massage on the face. And don’t forget reflexology and hot stone massages! Take a little time for a ‘me day’ and make yourself feel better because studies continue to prove there are both physical and emotional benefits to a massage session.
What a great stocking stuffer for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list!
Massage Therapy & Spa will continue to keep its former phone number (304-842-5171) until everyone is familiar with the new one (304-624-1007). The new location will also retain its existing business hours – Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Call to schedule an appointment … and be sure to ask for details on Christmas ‘specials’!
Don’t consider a massage an extravagance. Maintaining your body is something you need and deserve!