A new massage business is set to open Aug. 2 in downtown Rock Rapids. Oasis Massage Therapy and Esthetics is located at 206 First Ave. and is owned and operated by licensed massage therapist and licensed esthetician, Christil Englert Brewer.
Originally from Washington state, Brewer has had her esthetics license for nearly four years (she’s licensed in Washington, South Dakota and Iowa) and received her massage therapy license last year after completing the seven-month advanced program through South Dakota School of Massage. Brewer worked for Massage Envy in Sioux Falls for about a year and a half prior to her going back to school.
“I went back to school for my massage license so that I could be a dual therapist,” explained Brewer, who also works as a supervisor at Robert’s Buffet at Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort.
Brewer said the seven-month program through South Dakota School of Massage was quite rigorous and stressful, but that it also went by pretty quickly, and now she’s excited to have her own business in Rock Rapids.
She said the most rewarding part about her job is being able to help someone feel a lot better — and not just physically. “One thing I also do is a high-frequency facial for acne-prone skin, and when you can see a teenager’s self-esteem improve due to their acne improving, that’s the greatest thing.”
Brewer will offer a variety of facials and a few different types of massage therapy, including hot stone massage, cupping and Swedish massage. As of now, Oasis Massage Therapy and Esthetics will be open from 5-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday. “As I build my clientele I’ll add more hours, but initially my hours will vary a bit,” she explained. She’ll also be available by appointment on days when she’s not working at Robert’s Buffet.
Brewer said that having her own business is something she’s always dreamed of. “It was time. My husband and I own our house here in town and this is something I’ve always wanted to do.”
She said she hopes to be fully employed at her business within the next three years. “It takes two to three years to build up your clientele but I’m hoping I’ll eventually be here full-time.”