By Mark Ambrogi
It seemed natural for Heather and Richard Sanchez to have a business related to the health care industry.
After all, Heather is a physical therapist at Riverview Health and Richard is radiologist in Marion.
The Noblesville residents are the owners of the Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, which has opened at 14405 Clay Terrace Blvd., Carmel. The Hand & Stone spa, which will have 15 full and part-time employees, is the first one in Indiana.
“Bringing this concept to Carmel was important to us,” Heather said.
There are about 270 Hand & Stone Massage stores in the U.S. and Canada.
“I think massage in general is very therapeutic,” Heather said. “It’s becoming more of a mainstream way to treat ailments that people aren’t finding benefit from in their mainstream medicine, such as their doctor or different medical treatment. Massages are both healing and just something people are doing for relaxation. Now it’s just a part of their lifestyle. We have a signature hot stone massage, which is one of the big sellers.”
The spa had a soft opening Dec. 19. There will be limited services with messages through the next few weeks. Their holiday discounted gift card sales running through the season. The grand opening will be Jan. 9 and 10.
Heather said the spa will provide a variety of relaxing massages, including Swedish, deep tissue, sports, hot stone and trigger point massages.
“I’ve been a physical therapist over 15 years, and I’ve seen it work,” Heather said. “I think massage is integral to many people’s health and well-being, psychologically as well as physically.”
Paige Wieting, a 2010 Westfield High School graduate, serves as a manager.
The spa also offers microdermabrasion, a procedure that exfoliates and removes the superficial of dry, dead skin cells.
For more, visit handandstone.com/spa/store/carmel.