POULSBO — After a long, stress-filled day at the office, all many people would like to do is lay back, let someone else handle everything and relax. Nancy and Brian Koontz can’t say they’ll take care of “everything,” but they will help with the relaxation part with their new business, Apollo Massage.
Both have about 15 years of experience in the field, and met while at massage school. Now, their sole purpose is to let everyone know they can indulge in a massage. It’s not just for the rich and famous.
“Once people have a massage, they feel so good afterwards,” Nancy Koontz said. “Everyone should feel this way. We all deserve to be able to relax and feel this way.”
With that premise in mind, she and Brian Koontz opened their business in mid-February, working with Apollo Salon and Spa downstairs. Though two different businesses, the Koontzes decided to share a name with it and refer clients back and forth. The salon doesn’t have a massage therapist, and sends anyone seeking one up the stairs.
Nancy and Brian Koontz also provide the option of either a man or a woman massage therapist for clients. They specialize in deep tissue massage that uses heavy pressure to cause muscles deeper in the body to relax. They also work around a customer’s needs and sensitivities, Nancy Koontz said.
“We’ve had a pretty good response considering other obstacles we had to work through,” Brian Koontz said. “People using land lines in Poulsbo and Keyport were getting a busy signal when they tried to call us. That has been resolved now, and people are able to get through.”
Though the second floor studio isn’t on Front Street, it’s located on Moe Street, the Koontz’s said they are still finding residents will wander in, or hear about them from other clients. And in an effort to reach more people and help local charities, they will be starting a program soon where one day a month any money earned from massage appointments will be donated to a different cause or non-profit organization.
“As a part of becoming part of the community, we’re doing one a day month offering that day’s income to a charity or organization,” Brian Koontz said.
“If you come in on the special day, the charity or organization will receive the profits from that day,” Nancy Koontz added. “We’re trying to think how we do we give back to the community. This is a fun way to do it, where we are donating and they client is receiving the service still.”