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Hope and Healing Massage: Hands-on healing

While most people like to spend a few years in a field before breaking out on their own, Sara Brockman didn't see a need to do that. The newly licensed massage therapist decided to jump right in and open her own business, Hope and Healing Massage.

"In school we had to do a business plan. I think it was supposed to be 20 pages but I did 57 because I knew this is what I wanted to do," said Brockman.

Brockman opened Hope and Healing June 10, just a day after receiving her license in the mail. She graduated with honors from Everest Institute in Eagan in May.

While she looked at working for someone else first, Brockman said she wasn't impressed with the options. So with the support of her family and friends she decided to take the leap and become a small business owner.

When a friend suggested she look into the empty space located next to Anderson Insurance, things fell into place.

"I feel like the Lord was telling me this is what I am supposed to be doing," said Brockman.

Located at 3020 145 St., Hope and Healing offers a wide range of massage techniques and modalities including Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, myofascial release, clinical, lymphatic drainage, polarity, reflexology, pregnancy and chair massage.

Brockman, a mother of three, said she decided to become a massage therapist after getting a massage. While she had gotten massages before, during this particular massage something just clicked.

"I don't know what it was, it's something the Lord pushed me to do," said Brockman.

Within 24 hours Brockman was looking at schools. She started classes last August and finished in May.

Owning her own business allows Brockman some flexibility so she can spend time with her kids while establishing herself as a business owner. Additionally it allows her to run her business in accordance to her Christian beliefs. Brockman is a member of Lighthouse Church.

"I'm a Christ centered person and Hope and Healing will reflect that," said Brockman.

As a massage therapist Brockman said she wants to get benefits of the practice out to the masses so she keeps her prices low.

"Our philosophy is helping people at an affordable rate," said Brockman.

Working with Brockman is Madeleine Conley. Conley attended Everest with Brockman. Unhappy in her full-time job Conley said she decided to pursue a new career path and massage therapy was something she had always been interested in.

Conley said she and Brockman compliment each other because Brockman likes to concentrate on the clinical aspects of the work while she enjoys the more sensual side of it.

Currently Brockman takes clients Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Conley takes clients on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Hope and Healing is closed Sundays and Mondays.

Brockman said she hopes to get a third therapist by this fall so they can be open seven days a week.

The one-room space Hope and Healing is in now suits their needs but Brockman admits she hopes to grow out of the space.

"I can't wait to see what I do," said Brockman.

To get their name out there Brockman said they will walk in the Leprechaun Days Parade. She said she also hopes to do other community events.