ROCK FALLS – Deep within a murky pond, a lotus seed extends its stem above the water, yearning for sunlight, blossoming into a beautiful flower.
It’s an ancient symbol of rebirth, purity and enlightenment, and the inspiration Jerrie Garcia used for her new business, Lotus Wellness Spa and Salon, which provides massages, waxing and facials.
“I wanted to offer a place where people can come in and relieve life’s stresses, to help them feel rejuvenated and beautiful, just as a lotus flower rises from a muddy pond,” Garcia said.
About 2 years ago, she and her husband, Mike Garcia, 49, bought an old church at 501 W. Second St. and started an extensive restoration project.
“We had looked for about 5 to 7 years before finally deciding on this place,” Garcia said.
Incorporating pieces original to the building – like the maple and Douglas fir floor hidden under carpeting – was important to Garcia.
“I’m a nostalgic person, so we refinished the flooring and kept a few of the church pews for the hair-drying bench.”
Garcia has more than a decade of experience as a massage therapist, a passion that began when, as a high school student, she met massage therapist during a career day demonstration in Tampico.
“I volunteered and thought this was something I wanted to do,” said Garcia, who quit her job at Wahl Clipper in 2007 to follow her dream.
“I remembered how I felt whenever I got a massage, so I wanted to reciprocate that feeling by helping others the best way that I could – becoming a massage therapist.”
She attended Capri College in Davenport, Iowa, to become certified and after graduating in 2008, the Rock Falls resident landed her first job at Statik Hair Studio and Day Spa in Sterling. She worked at Statik for 2 years, then moved to Extreme Hair and Day Spa in Sterling in 2011.
“I definitely learned a lot at the two different salons, mostly, that every one of my clients were different in what they need,” Garcia said. “I also got to see what I enjoyed and what I didn’t enjoy while working there and implemented that in my vision for my own business.”
In addition to massage, Lotus Wellness Spa and Salon features a range of services from a simple haircut, waxing and manicures, to ear candling, an old remedy that helps remove ear wax, and relieves a sore throat, swimmers ear, allergies and other sinus problems.
Garcia plans to add yoga classes and pedicures in the near future, and add another massage therapist, a wellness practitioner and salon stylists who have the same goal in mind:
“To help people feel good and find their inner beauty.”
Take a spa day
Lotus Wellness Spa and Salon, 501 W. Second St. in Rock Falls, is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are accepted.
Call 815-632-3433 or find it on Facebook for more information.