Massage therapist opens new wellness cottage
Massage therapist Kim Utter enjoys every aspect of her new business, but she especially loves to help people feel better.
"It's very gratifying and rewarding to me to be able to be a part of somebody's healing journey," says Utter, who opened Country Cottage Massage and Wellness on D Street in Madras on May 15.
She offers a wide range of massage services, from Swedish and relaxation to maternity and prenatal massage, to chronic pain management and sessions for old and new accident-cased injuries. Additional services include aromatherapy, Himalayan hot stones and CBD oil. She offers 30, 60 and 90-minute sessions.
Utter does not necessary specialize in one specific thing.
"Going through massage school, I loved it all. I'm very good at deep tissue, but I also can appreciate the relaxation aspect of things, so I'm great at that as well," she said.
Utter grew up in Hillsboro and moved to Madras in 2012 after getting married. She and her husband, Eric, have three children. She received her massage training in Bend at Sage School of Massage and Esthetics and got her license in 2017. For three-and-a-half years, she worked as a massage therapist for Shibui Spa at FivePine Lodge and Spa in Sisters.
"I've always had the drive and the thought to open my own business," Utter said, but she wanted to get some experience in the massage field before venturing out on her own.
When choosing a name for her new massage business, she wanted to go back to her roots. She grew up on a farm in Hillsboro, and her parents have a farm in La Grande. Her husband was raised on a farm in Silverton, and the two of them now operate a farm locally.
And, Utter loves flowers and wanted something country.
"I love floral, and I just love cottages on the beach, cottages up in the woods." It all fit, she said of the name Country Cottage Massage and Wellness.
She says massage can help a variety of medical conditions and injuries.
"Massage is something that has been proven to be a very holistic and natural means of medicine," Utter said.
She said massage can help with sports and car accident injuries and managing chronic pain. Scoliosis patients have found that massage helps alleviate some of their pain and discomfort. Massage has been used to decrease anxiety and depression symptoms as well.
Utter is open six days a week by appointment and encourages people to visit her business Facebook page for a full list of services.
"I love being part of this wonderful town and being able to serve such an amazing community by sharing my talents," Utter said.
Country Cottage Massage and Wellness
Owner: Kim Utter
Address: 29 SE D. St., Madras
Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday
Call for an appointment.
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