By AMANDA GRAY
THE GOSHEN NEWS
A car accident changed everything.
Kimlee Jones, owner of Body Language Relaxation Spa, didn’t start out in the spa field. In fact, she was an environmental biologist working out of Fort Wayne, commuting back and forth between the city and the Dunlap area for her job every day.
And it was a serious car accident on her daily commute in 2008 that left her and her family wondering if she would make her next birthday.
Through therapy, Jones was able to recuperate and succeed, and the accident gave her the chance to change her life and career path.
“I wanted to create a space for massage and therapy,” she said. “I wanted to not only have massage, but to also have relaxation so people are ready to receive their massage. People think it’s the ‘norm’ to have sounds, or gossip or chemical smells, but we wanted to create a new norm.”
Jones owns and operates the spa, which is located at C.R. 20 and Concord Mall Road, on the lower level of the building housing Dunlap Dental Services. The relaxation spa opened Nov. 1 and will celebrate with a ribbon cutting ceremony today.
“I have a great love and respect for the art of massage,” Jones said.
The spa focuses on relaxation, Jones said. Only dealing in massage, visitors don’t have to deal with chemicals, bad smells or anything other than releasing tension.
“I know, from my scientific background, that people are constantly inundated with stimuli,” Jones said. “Look at the bands on your computer screen or television. We don’t consciously notice it, but our brains are constantly taking it in. We’ll take a picture of the screen and say, ‘Oh, what is that? I don’t know what that is,’ but our brain sees that and it’s part of why we get tired.”
When guests come in, either by walk-in or appointment, they speak first with Jones or one of the massage therapists to learn what sort of relaxation or massage techniques they need. Then they change into comfy robes and slippers before they sit through a relaxation period.
After relaxing, Jones said, guests are able to get more out of a massage. They are able to go to a massage with one of the therapists, and then are able to return to the relaxation room for as long as they like.
“We don’t want to hold people here longer than they want to be, but we don’t kick them out the door,” Jones said. “They’re welcome to stay and relax longer.”
Jones is also an Army veteran, and she said her time spent in the military, as well as out of it, has given her perspective on how relaxation techniques can help with some types of post-traumatic stress disorder.
“We try to leave stimuli at the door,” Jones said, gesturing to the calm facility. “We take in so much more than we need to, and here, I don’t think we need that.”
For more information about Body Language, visit www.bodylanguagerelaxationspa.com, or call 1-800-801-1019. The spa is closed Sunday and Monday, but open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Appointments are not necessary, but are encouraged.