Unwind, breath, and relax at UBR Massage
Kelly Wahl set up shop four years ago before moving to its present location at 3083 William St. She says that the community plays a big role in her business and that UBR strives to be a place where Cheektowaga residents can find comfort and relaxation.
“We’re very happy to be in Cheektowaga,” she said. “We’re proud of our community and try to be a provider here in Cheektowaga.”
Wahl got into the business of wellness after she personally experienced her first massage. She was studying theatre and dance at the University at Buffalo at the time, and the strenuous physical demands of the program compelled her to seek out massage services. After she learned about the connection between the physical and the mental aspects of massage – the mind-body connection, she calls it – she was hooked.
She decided to attend the NY Institute of Massage in an effort to pursue her dream and help others. But massage therapy meant more to her than its physical aspects. For Wahl, it was more about the connection between the body and mind.
“Were passionate about what we do,” she said. “We feel strongly about the mind-body connection, so we treat this as a sanctuary for people to come in and shut off their minds for whatever time they have and decompress and distress and hopefully get them to unwind, breath, and relax. Let's be aware of the energy each of us possess, honor it and heal any imbalances. That became my Mission Statement.”
And Wahl has been devoted to that mission ever since. She received her certification in NY State and passed the licensing boards, then pursued training and certification in Myofascial Release, Cranial Scaral Head Massage, and Lomi Lomi or Hawaiian Massage. She chose to study a wide range of massage techniques to keep herself fresh and to offer a variety to her clientele.
UBR Massage offers an array of standard massage techniques but strives to heal clients in a way that addresses medical concerns and at the same time keeps them relaxed so it does not seem like a medical procedure, according to Wahl. The same goes for UBR’s skincare services, which addresses why clients experience skin irritations as well as how to best treat and prevent them.
The staff at UBR is made up of massage therapists and estheticians (people licensed to address skincare i.e. facials, waxing, pedicures, body wraps, etc.) – all of whom strive to instill a sense of inner peace to the individuals they work on.
“When I hire an applicant I not only address their skills of their trade, but I ask why they chose this profession and what their intentions are working in this genre,” Wahl explained. “I am confident that each member of my staff is here for the same reason I am, to allow others to ‘turn off’ the demands of life and just ‘be’ for the time they are with us.”
Wahl and her staff know the importance of not only maintaining a professional business, but also adding a personal touch. She emphasizes that UBR is not a chain, but rather “a local business that gives to the community through working charity events and benefits,” as well as a company that personally cares about its clients.
And for Wahl and her employees, seeing the transformation – both physical and mental – is what makes the job worthwhile. She says that sometimes clients walk in and the physical stress they possess noticeably affects them. But after receiving a massage, they have a certain glow to them – they did unwind, breath, and relax during their time at UBR – and that glow is an indication for Wahl that she’s been on the right track all along.
“That is thanks enough to know that I have enhanced their well being, even just for a moment,” she ended. “I take great joy in seeing the progress I have made with more complicated medical clients. To know I have relieved pressure of sciatic nerve issues that someone has been having for months. I love seeing a 'Mommy to Be' feel so relaxed during massage and seeing an older person be appreciative in the power of human touch and having something as simple as their hands massaged. All of this validates that I choose the right path for my life.”
UBR Massage is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 544-0753 or visit www.ubrmassage.com. You can also find UBR Massage on Facebook, so be sure to check it out and “Like” the page.