When the Arizona School of Massage Therapy in Tempe certified Ricci Saliba in massage therapy last year, she never expected she would own her own practice so soon.
In June, Saliba took over Hands of Holistic Healing, located behind the Knotty Pine Café, 1001 S. Beeline Highway, suite H, after the former owner relocated to New Orleans.
Saliba said when she first went into the massage therapy center she was only looking to rent a room. When the owner offered her the whole shop, it was a dream come true, albeit one she didn’t think would come true so quickly.
For Saliba, moving to Payson from the Valley was a gift in and of itself.
“I really wanted to move up here,” she said. “I love the small-town feel.”
The small healing center, with a separate massage room, is just enough space for Saliba to practice her massage and energy work.
She offers a full line of services, including traditional massage, massage that incorporates aromatherapy with essential oils, ear candling, foot bath detoxification, Reiki, reflexology, craniosacral therapy and Pranic healing.
Saliba is a certified Reiki master and has more than 815 training hours.
Pranic healing involves working with a person’s chakras or energy centers using non-touch techniques, she explained. Craniosacral therapy, on the other hand, works to release the tension in the tissue surrounding the brain and spinal cord.
All of the techniques are non evasive and safe, she said.
Saliba was drawn to the holistic healing field after working seven years as a pharmacy technician.
Watching patients need medication to counteract medications, she realized there had to be a better way.
“I wanted to use a more natural path,” she said.
Saliba herself used to need anti-anxiety medications. She found acupuncture, aromatherapy and energy work offered her similar relief, but it didn’t leave her feeling like a zombie, which the medication did.
“I love and am a firm believer in the miraculous power of massage and energy work.”
Hands of Holistic Healing is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and by appointment.
For more information or an appointment, call (928) 970-1877.