Photo: A Time of Knead is located at 40 Terry Drive, Sugar Grove. Photo by Lynn Logan
SUGAR GROVE—A Time of Knead, a professional therapeutic massage business located at 40 Terry Drive in Sugar Grove, opened its doors on Oct. 1. The business shares a location in the same building as Rocky’s Dojo, across the street from Fireside Grille on Route 47.
Kari Meloun, owner of A Time of Knead, is a 2012 graduate of the Therapeutic Massage Degree Program at Waubonsee Community College, where she also earned an associate degree in applied science for therapeutic massage in August 2012.
Meloun worked as an independent contractor at Emily Kay Salon in Sugar Grove prior to starting up her own massage business.
“I was working for a year as an independent contractor at Emily Kay Salon in Sugar Grove, and was contemplating starting my own business for a while,” Meloun said. “The opportunity of renting space became available, and I opened my office Oct. 1.”
A number of massage packages are offered on A Time of Knead’s website, www.atimeofknead.com, including therapeutic massages of different time lengths, hot stone massage, chair massage, on-site chair massage, prenatal massage. Outcalls are also available by request.
“I offer custom massages, and when I offer a 60-minute massage, it’s the full 60 minutes,” Meloun said. “I also offer 30 minutes and 90 minutes. I like to make sure my clients are not rushed and get the maximum benefit of each session they come to see me for. I incorporate different techniques to tailor (the experience) and help each individual client meet their goal. It’s not just Swedish massage techniques, but also perhaps deep tissue, reflexology, stretching, etc.”
Meloun’s passion for therapeutic messages stems from her desire to help people.
“What makes me so passionate about massage therapy is that I love helping people,” Meloun said. “This is such a rewarding career. I get to work directly with people, and they look forward to coming to see me. It’s so rewarding when you see the progress that your clients make, whether it be decreasing pain or frequency of headaches, managed stress or increased range of motion. I really love it.”
Educating her clients and the community about the benefits of message is another one of her passions. Meloun enjoys teaching people about the positive impacts of therapeutic massage and how it can help them with their own life.
Meloun’s parents are a big part of the reason behind her decision to open up her own business. Their motivation and inspiration gave her the determination she needed to create A Time of Knead.
“Both my parents are my main inspiration for starting my business,” Meloun said. “My dad has been a small business owner for the last 27 years. My mom, I hadn’t realized at the time before she passed, how much she inspired me. But she was always there for me, always supportive. She bragged about me and was so proud when I graduated high school, went to college, got my first associate degree in science, went into the massage program and got licensed. She would always brag about my accomplishments, and after she passed, I realized all of this. I still feel her looking down on me with a smile and her pride and approval.”
Meloun will be at the Kaneland Special Needs PTA event on Saturday, Nov. 15, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Harter Middle School, where she will offer free chair messages and a special promotion for everyone who books an appointment there. A Time of Knead’s holiday specials will also be revealed at the PTA event.
For more information, check out a A Time of Knead’s Facebook page.