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DeFore has 'Healing Hands'

LeeAnne DeFore has been a registered nurse at the local medical center for the past 19 years. It was while doing that job that she found the inspiration for her second job.

"We used to do massage when I first was a nurse," she said. "I loved doing it."

On Aug. 1, DeFore officially opened Healing Hands Massage and Wellness at 1451 Hay Creek Valley Road.

DeFore is a 2011 graduate of the Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical massage therapy program. She went on to become a certified massage therapist.

Since earning her degree, DeFore worked briefly at Indigo Salon and also out of her house. But when her friend, who owns the building on Hay Creek Valley Road, suggested she use part of that building to open her own massage studio, DeFore jumped on it.

"It was a great opportunity," she said. "I had always planned to open my own business."

DeFore said she spent the next two months remodeling the space; the walls were painted, new floors were installed and furnishings were chosen to "make it more serene," DeFore said.

Now, Healing Hands will specialize in a variety of massage therapy services, including sports, Swedish and deep tissue massage and hot stone therapy. DeFore said she is looking forward to working with seniors, teens, children and adults and helping all of her clients get customized service.

"If they have specific issues, we can be adaptive," she said, adding that her medical background will help her do this.

The location is handicapped accessible, DeFore said. She added that she also has a portable massage chair and is able to bring her services to area businesses or events.

Currently, DeFore is the business's only employee.

"I'd like to keep it to myself for now," she said.

DeFore charges about $1 per minute for each of her services. She said doing so "makes it simple."

Since opening a month ago, business at Healing Hands has been fairly steady, DeFore said. She hopes to continue to bring in clients.

"People don't take time to just relax," she said. "It's a nice gift for people to relax. I like that part of it. I want it to be a relaxing experience."


The details

What: Healing Hands Massage and Wellness

Where: 1451 Hay Creek Valley Road

Hours: By appointment

More information: 651-380-4020,

Sarah Gorvin
Sarah Gorvin has been with the Republican Eagle for two years and covers education, business and crime and courts. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2010 with a  journalism degree.