On May 1, there will be a new massage therapist in Arkansas City.

Misty Townsley has more than 20 years of experience in the field.

“I’ve been doing house calls in Florida, New Jersey, Japan, Virginia and Kansas City over the past 20 years,” she said.

“I am licensed in Florida and received a graduate license from (the) Coastal School of Massage Therapy (in) Atlantic Beach, Florida.”

Townsley said she is excited to offer her services in Cowley County. “Life is too short to have muscle pain,” she said.

Her new business is called Renew Wellness and it will be located in the Chestnut Executive Offices at 119 E. Chestnut Ave.

Setting up shop

“Through years of doing house calls, I knew that having an office would enable me to lower my rates and help more people,” Townsley said. “Then, after moving back to Cowley County, this opportunity to open my own studio was divine intervention. My dear friend, Jen (Ross) of Jensations, was relocating and offered me her location.”

Renew Wellness will have flexible hours, with appointments available at times ranging from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

“I use all natural oils and essential oils to create a total experience for my clients to unwind into a state of relaxation,” Townsley said.

Renew Wellness can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RenewalByMisty.

Appointments can be scheduled via Facebook Messenger, by calling (620) 705-1442 or by sending an email to MassageKansas@gmail.com.

Massage options

Townsley will offer a plethora of massage options from which her clients may choose:

  • Swedish massage is a form of massage in which the therapist uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping.
  • Deep tissue massage is a focused, therapeutic massage that targets muscle knots and specific problem areas in the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue.
  • Prenatal massage is customized to an expectant mother’s needs, but often is used to promote relaxation and relieve aches in the back and legs. There also will be an option for pregnant women who wish to have a massage that focuses soley on their neck and back.
  • Shiatsu massage applies localized pressure using the therapist’s fingers. The goal is to stimulate acupressure points on the body to improve the flow of energy and help balance.
  • An aromatherapy massage is a bit like Swedish massage, but with scented plant oils. Aromatherapy massage particularly is suited to stress-related conditions or conditions with an emotional component.
  • Sports massage is similar to Swedish massage, but adapted specifically to the needs of athletes.
  • Thai massage is more energizing than other forms of massage. It aligns the energies of the body using rhythmic compression of the body’s energy lines to reduce stress, and improve flexibility and mobility.
  • Reflexology involves pressure on certain points of the ears, hands, and feet to promote relaxation and healing in the body — the therapist uses finger pressure, kneading and rubbing.

In addition to all of these forms of massage, Townsley said she will add even more services in the future.

“I will be adding cold stone massage for migraines, Himalayan salt massage and raindrop massage within the (next) six months,” she said.

Hot stone massage is when the therapist uses heated, smooth stones to massage clients while holding the stones or placing them on specific points on the body.

Group massage

Townsley also will offer group packages and gift sessions.

A “girls’ night in” — offered for a minimum of six guests — comes with reflexology therapy.

“(This is) held at your location, for the ultimate girls’ night,” Townsley said.

Also offered is a gift session, which is an hour-long session that is customizable and performed at a location of the gift recipient’s choice.

“Whether it is a spa session before your wedding or chair massage for your office staff, the details are worked (out) when you schedule so you can gift and relax,” Townsley said.