When Lian Han came to the United States roughly seven years ago, she was alone and didn't know English. Now she owns and operates Ivy Asian Body and Foot Massage in Lake Oswego.
"She's a neat, neat lady and her story, I think, is what's fascinating in addition to her being just a great massage therapist," said PEAK Personal Training owner David Clapp, who's a regular at Ivy.
Lian opened Ivy Asian Body and Foot Massage in downtown Lake Oswego in September 2020. The spa offers a variety of massages: Swedish, hot stone, deep tissue, foot reflexology and more.
Lian emigrated from China, leaving her daughter and family behind in search of a better life. Lian said it was difficult to find a job at first, but a friend introduced her to massage school and she ended up enjoying the work.
"After you give people a massage, you feel good," she said, adding that it makes her happy knowing she is helping to fix people's problems.
Lian initially opened her massage shop in downtown Portland more than two years ago. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the social unrest that ramped up in downtown Portland last summer, Lian said local people stopped frequenting downtown businesses as much.
Lian said she feels safe working in Lake Oswego, and that community members are nice and polite.
"She's struggling like a lot of businesses trying to get things going again," said Clapp, adding that if people want to help support Asian businesses in the area — especially after the recent massage parlor killings in Atlanta —Han's is a great shop to support.
"She's a hard, hard worker and she deserves our support," Clapp said.
People can call 971-274-8288 to make an appointment, though walk-ins are welcome. The massage spa is open from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Sunday and is located at 468 N. State St., Suite 200.
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