Therapeutic massage is pain management option at Elements in Folsom

By: Laura Newell, Telegraph staff writer
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After opening eight weeks ago in Folsom, Elements Therapeutic Massage Studio offers people a unique massage alternative. Valerie Piotrowski and her husband John own the new studio located in Folsom Town Center, 850 E. Bidwell St., Suite 160, Folsom. “We offer exclusively therapeutic massage – designed to relieve clients from pain,” Piotrowski said. “It’s customized to clients needs. That is exclusively what sets us apart from other studios.” Piotrowski said every massage is customized to the client, based on his or her needs. “We know people come in for a massage for one of two reasons – they are either in some sort of physical or emotional pain,” she said. “For example, someone may come in for prenatal needs, sports injuries, surgery pain or discomfort, chemotherapy and migraines. There are different types of therapeutic massages for different types of pain and conditions.” She said first-time clients will complete an intake form to find a compatible massage therapist who can best address their needs. The nine-room massage studio currently has 12 massage therapists, plus a front desk team of five people. All therapists are certified and have had more than 1,000 hours of training. “We are improving the quality of life with our hands, what a beautiful gift we can give to our community,” Piotrowski said. Adis Saracevic is one of Elements certified massage therapists. “I give all kinds of massages, but I love that we offer therapeutic massages,” Saracevic said. “Therapeutic massages provide stress release, pain release and improve circulation.” Saracevic said his favorite part of his job is helping people by relieving their pain, feel more relaxed and help improve range of motion. “For people who are not comfortable with deep pressure massages, we offer Swedish massages and will communicate with the clients throughout the entire process,” he said. “We are working for you and want to help you feel better.” After receiving a massage from Saracevic, one local said he is ready for more massages at the new studio. “Elements is fantastic – and I’ll be happy to tell my friends,” said John McIntyre, chief philanthropy officer for Mercy Foundation, Mercy General Hospital. “It’s a classy, relaxing place with a very hospitable and helpful staff and outstanding massage professionals. I was really wowed.” Michele Steeb, of Gold River, was also impressed with her experience at the new studio. “It is a beautiful atmosphere. It is very calm and relaxing. I felt that the massage therapist was very knowledgeable and asked all the right questions,” said Steeb. “I have been getting massages regularly for more than 25 years and I felt very comfortable with my therapist. By her asking me the right questions I was able to help her help me.” Piotrowski and her husband, of El Dorado Hills, are also very involved in both the El Dorado Hills and Folsom communities, including being donors at the Grace Foundation. “We tend to gravitate towards organizations that help animals and organizations that help children of need who may not be exposed to the same educational experiences that other children may have,” Piotrowski said. During the month of September, Piotrowski said Elements will have a special introductory offer of $49 for a 55-minute massage. For more information on Elements Therapeutic Massage Studio, call (916) 817-1875 or visit ----- SHOP TALK What: Elements Therapeutic Massage Studio – Folsom When: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday through Sunday Where: Folsom Town Center, 850 E. Bidwell St., Suite 160, Folsom Info: (916) 817-1875 or Folsom