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Meet Sean Wang of Massage Days in Winnetka

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sean Wang.

Sean, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I am a first-generation immigrant of this country. My dream was to have my own business. As a teenager, I spent a few years in a martial arts school in China, learning kung Fu. When I moved to the US, I started performing and teaching kung Fu in the bay area. After I met my wife, I moved to LA and got married. My wife worked on the computer all day long, so she often came home with back pains like most office workers do. I am a DIY person and wanted to help her with her back pains, so I went on YouTube and learn how to give her massages. Eventually, I decided to get formal training in massage therapy. Upon getting my license, my wife and I welcomed the arrival of our first child. My wife resumed her full-time job shortly after her maternity leave ended, so we took turns to take care of the child. While she worked in the day time, I worked in the evenings and weekends in various massage settings in LA, including an acupuncture clinic, some spas, and many massage and reflexology parlors. I enjoyed helping people relieve their stress and body aches, and I have learned so much from each place I worked at. After several years, I decided it’s time to start my own massage business.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Being a business owner is totally different from being a massage therapist, and it has not been a smooth road. The first challenge to me is time management. Building a business takes a lot of time and energy, and growing the business is more time-consuming. On top of that, we now have a preschooler and a newborn. My wife is returning to work soon. You won’t imagine how busy our lives would get, especially during school days. Thankfully, those years I spent at the martial arts school taught me some very valuable lessons of being focused, patient, confident, persistent, and self-disciplined, which helped tremendously in running a business. My wife is also supportive of our business. She is the one who handles our website, banners, posters, and all our marketing activities in her free time.

The other challenge is to get the word out on this new business. We are in a busy plaza with great parking. Yes, we do get pretty good foot traffic, but this plaza did not previously have a solid massage business before. At the beginning, all our clients were walk-ins. Then my wife set up a website, a Yelp account, and some social media accounts, and the good reviews started coming in. We also handed out flyers and sent out emails, so more people can be aware of our existence. But most importantly, many of our clients would return after trying us out. Some would even bring in their relatives and friends the next day or so to get a massage together just because they are excited to find out about our new massage parlor in their neighborhood. That just shows me that our clients trust us and really enjoy the work we do.

Massage Days – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
At Massage Days, we are committed to providing the highest quality massage services at value prices. Massage therapy is what we do best, and we take pride in our work. To us, every massage session would be a unique experience for each client and should not be just a generic full body massage. Our massage therapists are trained in providing customized treatments to help our clients maximize the benefits of every massage session, so they can truly relax, recover, and rejuvenate. To get to know our clients better, we ask each of our new clients to fill out a confidential form to tell us what massage techniques and pressure they prefer, their medical history, and problem areas they would like our therapists to focus on. This way we can get right to the sore spots.

Our specialty is massage therapy. Unlike some massage businesses that charge different prices for different types of massage, we have only one price. Our clients can customize their massage sessions according to their preference. So instead of focusing on the price, everyone can choose one or a combination of massage techniques, such as Swedish, deep tissue, reflexology or prenatal, to fit their specific needs. We also offer enhanced therapies such as aromatherapy and foot scrub for clients who want to get more out of their massage sessions. Often, our clients would come in for a 60-minute massage. Once they realize how good the massage has made them feel, they would extend it to a 90- or 120-minute massage!

Our new clients are often surprised by how clean and organized our place is. I am a person who likes to keep things clean and tidy. I came in early every morning to vacuum and wipe down the tables and chairs. Also, being a minimalist, I avoided the expensive decors in a traditional spa setting and only put in what I think is essential to creating a clean and relaxing environment. For example, my wife helped me choose the colors of the carpet that represents the sandy beach, the paint that represents the clean sky and ocean, and the curtains that represents the sails of the sailboats. I listened to all the music before we are playing them to make sure they have the soothing effect. We also keep a salt lamp in each room because of the healing benefits.

Pricing:

  • Introductory offer: $40 for any 60-minute massage
  • Introductory offer: $60 for any 90-minute massage
  • Introductory offer: $80 for any 120-minute massage
  • Introductory offer: $80 for any 60-minute couples massage

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