RENEW Massage and Wellness
RENEW Massage and Wellness Offers Mind and Body Rejuvenation
Photographer / Lana King
The staff at RENEW Massage and Wellness, a new business in Culver, is dedicated to restoring health and well-being through the power of touch.
Gina Bachmeier, shop owner and licensed massage therapist, has been helping her clients achieve wellness for 17 years. Her massage specialty areas include athlete recovery, bamboo therapy and cupping.
Bachmeier’s path to the massage industry began while she was recovering from an injury. Massage therapy was included as part of her rehabilitation, and she soon realized she wanted to use it to help others heal. She had previously studied kinesiology and anatomy at Ball State, and learning massage became an easy transition.
Bachmeier opened the doors to RENEW in mid-January. In addition to Bachmeier, Rachael Surfus and Tammy Shaffer also offer massage services at the shop.
“Without them here, RENEW wouldn’t be able to accommodate all of our clients’ needs,” Bachmeier says of her colleagues.
Surfus specializes in medical massage and cupping, and has worked as a therapist for seven years. Shaffer specializes in relaxation massage and active isolated stretching, and has been a therapist for 21 years.
“The idea for RENEW came from a loving and inspirational colleague, and best friend,” Bachmeier says. “Culver is a halfway point between where I live in Knox and where she lived in Rochester. It was a dream of ours to open a place together. Since April’s unexpected passing, I felt I owed it to her to continue on with our dream.”
RENEW offers a wide array of services to suit a large variety of client needs. Massage can be a helpful tool for many age groups and health conditions.
“The community has welcomed us with open arms,” Bachmeier says. “I believe they love having us here.”
Specialty services at RENEW include young athlete sessions, pregnancy sessions for the expectant mother, lymphatic and body wraps, bamboo, lomi lomi, table Thai, dry brushing, stretching and cupping.
By targeting specific, problematic areas of the body, massage can eliminate tension, relieve stress and pain, increase blood flow and flexibility, reduce blood pressure, boost the immune system, and relax both the body and mind.
“It helps reset the body, eliminate old issues, uncover new problematic issues and remove the client’s life stressors,” Bachmeier says.
Bamboo therapy incorporates heated bamboo stalks of varying lengths and thicknesses, to provide deep tissue massage. It promotes lymphatic drainage, increases circulation, and creates an overall sense of relaxation and well-being. It is currently the most popular service at RENEW.
Lomi Lomi is a Hawaiian style of massage. Lomi means to knead, rub and soothe. It’s a spiritual style of therapy that connects the body, mind and spirit.
Dry Brushing is a technique that incorporates a bristled brush for use on skin in a specific pattern. It helps the body’s detoxification process by improving blood circulation. It also exfoliates the skin and promotes lymph drainage.
Cupping therapy involves special cups that create suction on the skin. It can loosen tight muscles, relieve pain and inflammation, promote relaxation and increase blood flow.
RENEW also offers wraps that are both pampering and effective for health ailments. The lymphatic wrap encourages the movement of lymph fluid in the body, and can be helpful with detoxification and excess water gain caused by a sluggish lymph system. The seaweed wrap offered at RENEW removes dead skin while infusing hydration. It also helps to eliminate toxins, improves skin elasticity and improves body contouring.
The RENEW Himalayan Salt Room infuses over 80 healing minerals to help clients with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, skin conditions, arthritis and lingering coughs. This service is offered privately for 30 or 60 minutes at a time.
“There’s nothing more rewarding then helping ease someone’s discomfort through human touch,” Bachmeier says. “I have visited oncology departments offering massage to patients and their caregivers. It sits very dear to my heart.”
RENEW Massage and Wellness is located at 218 South Main Street in Culver. The staff operates on an appointment-only basis, Monday through Saturday. To make an appointment at RENEW, call or text 219-680-6362.