Purcell Wellness Mobile Massage brings wellness to your doorstep

Kristina Kotila discusses the serenity of running a mobile massage business in Golden, B.C.

by Danielle Brost
Person on a massage table getting a treatment

— Photo courtesy Purcell Wellness Mobile Massage

A unique wellness venture has emerged in Golden, B.C.—and it can bring relaxation directly to your door. Purcell Wellness Mobile Massage is not your typical massage service. Owner Kristina Kotila's vision for providing therapeutic relief has led her to offer a personalized mobile massage experience, catering to the needs of both locals and visitors.

— Photo courtesy Purcell Wellness Mobile Massage

We asked Kotila some questions about her journey and the reasons why this business has become such an important part of Golden's thriving community. From the convenience of in-house treatments to valuable tips for first-time clients, Kristina shared her insights into the world of mobile massage and its suitability for the active residents and tourists who call Golden home.

What was the inspiration behind starting Purcell Wellness Mobile Massage?

The inspiration behind starting Purcell Wellness Mobile Massage (back in 2017) was to become my own boss while providing massage services in and around the community. It was a time of transition. After years of working at a backcountry lodge, and pursuing another job in education, I wanted to have the freedom and flexibility to be able to do both.

— Photo courtesy Purcell Wellness Mobile Massage

I understand you provide mobile massage services! Can you tell us a bit about that?

Yes, Purcell Wellness Mobile Massage is mobile! I go to the client, whether that is at their home, hotel or rental accommodation. A lot of my clients are tourists, so I often find myself working at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort or at one of the many hotels or short term rentals in and around Golden. In-house (or mobile) massage is great for anyone with limited mobility, busy schedules or simply wanting to continue relaxing after their massage without the need to rush anywhere.

What makes mobile massage so well-suited to a community like Golden?

I think mobile massage is well-suited for a community like Golden because of the love for the outdoors and the activities that go along with that. In the winter, people are sore from skiing, snowboarding and sledding, while in the summer, people are sore from mountain biking and hiking in one of the surrounding national parks. Massage can help relieve those aches and pains so you can keep doing the activities you love. I've had many clients and travellers from all over the world that come to explore Golden, and after a few days of activities, they are looking for a rest day and are grateful that I can provide in-house massage.

What types of massage do you offer?

I offer a variety of massage and bodywork. I like to customize each massage to what the client wants, whether that is a relaxation massage, deep tissue or a blend of both. Aside from what is considered your "typical massage", I also offer Thai massage, Shiatsu, Cupping, Reflexology and Chair Massage. If you've never heard of some of these, you can check out my website for more information.

— Photo courtesy Purcell Wellness Mobile Massage

How do you ensure a safe and professional experience for your clients in their own spaces?

With mobile massage, I bring everything needed for each appointment. One of my goals with mobile massage is that the client doesn't have to stress or fuss too much about anything before, during or after their massage. In the initial conversation/email, I can help answer any questions or concerns the client may have in order to clarify any details or help them decide what type of massage they want. Clear communication is vital to a great massage. I explain that I'll arrive a little early in order to set things up, and during this time I have them fill out an intake form. After reviewing their intake with them, discussing their goals of the massage, answering any questions and providing instructions, we'll begin. A couple of tips for a great mobile massage: provide a quiet space with limited distractions and try to make sure the space isn't too cold—more so for winter months.

What advice would you give to someone preparing for their first massage session?

Advice I would give to someone preparing for their first massage would include to not be afraid to speak up. Want more or less pressure? Say so. Find the room too bright? Say something. Want to listen to your own music? Fine by me! Have a related question? Ask away. As mentioned above, communication is key and if something doesn't feel right, say something, it is your massage. Other things that may help you get the most out of your massage would be to refrain from eating a big meal right before your appointment, clean skin is best for massage—if you've been sweating, please shower, and don't forget to breathe once you're on the table, deep breathing will help you relax!

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I'd like to mention that Purcell Wellness Mobile Massage loves to provide massages for groups, retreats, weddings, corporate events, family reunions, honeymoons, you name it. I'll travel to you and will always try to accommodate groups outside of my typical service area of the Golden area.

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