Massage offers stress relief

2018-05-24 06:01
Lumka Mpayisa working from her Kuyasa massage rooms PHOTO: voox sonandzi

Lumka Mpayisa working from her Kuyasa massage rooms PHOTO: voox sonandzi

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Massage is no longer available only at luxury spas and upscale health clubs, thanks to entrepreneurs like Lumka Mpayisa, who operates her business from a backroom in the heart of Kuyasa, in Khayelitsha.

Lumka, who, until last year worked as a security guard, said she decided to venture into the “massage business” after a few trial sessions.

“I attended a course at Ascendis Health Spa and was motivated to bring massaging closer to the people,” she said.

With this in mind, she set up her massage parlour bed and chairs in major taxi ranks in Cape Town and as far as Mthatha, and was further motivated by the response.

“Look, people work under immense pressures and their stress levels are high,” she sighs as she recalls her first days.

She said bringing massage therapy to taxi ranks offered a chance to people who would not have ordinarily entered a spa.

“Everyone needs a massage from time to time and our people stay far from these places and this is their chance to be pampered,” she added.

She charges R150 for a full massage and R130 for a massage that removes sores and pimples.

“If you’ve never tried massage, you can visit my place at any time,” she enthused.

A happy Nombuso Nqwenani , 43, had just received her massage and was still glowing from the experience.

“I am satifisfied with what she did to me and I feel relieved, the strain in my shoulders has gone,” she said.

Taxi driver Ndikho Mhlambi, 40, was also pleased with the service.

“It was my first time and I can assure you it’s not my last visit. I will encourage my colleagues to come here because we are all stressed,” Ndikho said.

Lumka said from time to time, she will venture outdoors to work at taxi ranks as a way of growing her business.

“Word of mouth and seeing it done in front of you has helped me establish my client base,” she said.

Her business is open from 8am to 5pm on weekdays and 8am t0 3pm on weekends.

Lumka hopes more people will start walking into her Berry Masipa Street studio, in Kuyasa, to experience her magic touch.

“I provide quality service and I am sure people reading this would like to try me out,” she said. You can call Lumka on 071 119 5697.

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