New day spa adds a 'touch of class'
June 12, 2008 · Updated 1:18 PM
"A Touch of Health day spa is ready to make its mark on Port Orchard. A Touch of Health adds a touch of class, says co-owner Deanne Cherry. When people walk in, it's a place where they want to be. It's a very calming, serene environment.Opened for business on Oct. 24, and with an open house to celebrate its grand opening on Nov. 10, owners Deanne Cherry and Celia Bentzinger are excited about their new business, and ready to show Port Orchard just what they can do.You don't have to go to Seattle or Tacoma to get excellent treatment, says Bentzinger.Bentzinger is a licensed esthetician and Cherry is a licensed massage therapist. The two women began working together in a business called Touch of Health Therapeutic Massage, started by Marianne Haukli. They branched off from that business and decided to form their own place to fit into their personal goals.We wanted a nicer facility, a better location and a nicer look, said Cherry. We wanted to change our image.And change their image they did. The 1,300-square-foot place was previously a property management building, and before that a house. It's not very large, says Cherry, but it's very elegant.The rooms are decorated with paintings, candles, plants, and billowing curtains. In the entry there is white rock molding encasing a fireplace, and the sound of classical music wafts around the room, drowning out the chaos of busy Mile Hill Drive.Working along with Cherry and Bentzinger are five part-time independent contractors. Cherry explains this term by saying that each of the other five do their own billing, have their own clients, and are basically leasing the space from Bentzinger and Cherry.I like to refer to them as colleagues, Cherry said.One of the independent contractors, Salvatore Zambito, specializes in trager-approach neuromuscular reeducation, which he describes as a manual technique that shifts tension in facial plains tissue. It is said to improve posture, flexibility, and muscle recruitment order. Even though Zambito says that many athletes, including a Canadian Olympic gold medalist, use his services, he also stresses that others may benefit from the technique. My goal is to help people have more comfortable and joyous (physical) interactions with the world, said Zambito. Not just athletes; people in wheelchairs, housewives, truck drivers. Every day can be an athletic performance. It's true for all of us. Jeanne Forshaw, another contractor, brings 20 years of reflexology experience to A Touch of Health. It's treating the whole body without having the full body worked on, said Forshaw. She works with the hands and feet, focusing on the pressure points and energy meridians. Pressure techniques are said to prevent illnesses and injuries, as well as for general relaxation. Completing the list of contractors are Tina Strode, Rhonda Reece, and TeeCee Greenhaulgh, who are all massage therapists.A Touch of Health offers many different services, such as facials, body treatments, salt glows, massages, permanent cosmetics, waxing, acne treatments, lymphatic treatments, body wraps, and cellulite treatments. A brochure is available that lists and summarizes all of the features offered.The prices are, according to Celia Bentzinger, Port Orchard prices, which she explains are more reasonable than those found in bigger cities.Bentzinger and Cherry are working on day packages and are also planning to serve lunches that will be catered by Port Orchard's Victorian Rose Tea Room.We support local businesses, says Bentzinger.A Touch of Health is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and evenings and weekends are by appointment. In fact, appointments are preferred, but they try to accommodate walk-ins if possible. We hope to expand our hours with enough business, said Cherry.In addition to all of the services, a Touch of Health retails a line of skin care products called Murad. They offer gift certificates and unique European handmade women's vintage sleepwear is for sale as well.My clients deserve the very best, says Celia Bentzinger. We want people to have an experience they'll remember, agreed Cherry. "