A-Z Massage Therapy and Haircut Studio creates comfortable atmosphere
BY: Kaitlin Fritz, Metro Source | November 01, 2012
In 1989 she opened a successful salon, Hair Designs by Michele. After 11 years, she decided to close its doors to have more time to raise her children. Now, Michele Gullo is back with the opening of her newest creation, A-Z Massage Therapy and Hair Cut Studio.
Gullo decided to take some time off from her hair salon business after having her son who was born with kidney disorder. When he was just two weeks old, she learned that massaging organs could promote healing.
For a child who was born with 11 percent kidney function and had four surgeries before the age of two, he is now a healthy 14-year-old and Gullo believes that she has massage therapy to thank for that.
This experience is what motivated Gullo to go to school and become licensed in massage therapy.
Now, she has her new studio located at 10440 Main St., Clarence, which offers several different massage styles as well as hair styling and cutting.
The different types of massages are the full body Swedish massage, hot rock massage, sports massages for athletes, kids massages and massages for those with special needs.
The special needs massages are for children and adults who may be diagnosed with autism, ADD, ADHD, Parkinson’s and several others. Gullo said that studies have shown that massage therapy helps in these cases.
Gullo grew up in Clarence and her two sons, Anthony and Zachary, attend Clarence High School. Her sons’ names were one of her influences in choosing the studio’s name A-Z.
Another reason she decided on this name was because of her hopeful expansion. Within two years, she hopes to expand the studio and eventually turn it into a wellness center. She wants to offer the full spectrum, covering A-Z.
Gullo takes the time that is needed with her clients. She sits down and talks to them before deciding what type of massage would be best for them. She cares for her clients and looks to do what she can to help them heal.
“I had one guy that came in here and could barely walk,” she said. “I worked in him for about an hour and a half and he walked right out of here.”
Since Gullo opened A-Z last month, she has already had 40 clients and she’s still getting new ones everyday. She also added that she has about a 95 percent return rate on her clients.
“I’ve noticed that every single person that comes in here, leaves saying that I take a lot of pride in what I do,” she said. “They really notice the difference.”
Her clients not only notice the difference in how they feel, but her fair prices as well.
“I always want to be this reasonable. I want to try to keep these prices,” she said.
She added that many massage therapy studios will give clients a first time deal but after that, the prices increase. With her, the price will be the same whether it’s your first, second or ninth visit.
A-Z Massage Therapy and Hair Cut Studio is open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday and closed on Sunday and Monday. To make an appointment, call 868-9975. Walk-ins are also welcome.