The Pryor Times

November 26, 2013

Massages, dance and getting organized

The Times ‘shop local’ series

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

PRYOR, OK — Great Christmas gifts aren’t always things that can be wrapped and placed under a tree, often the best holiday gifts are experiences.

Genesis Massage and Spa and Heather’s Therapeutic Massage both offer the gift of relaxation.

Heather Hamilton, owner of Heather’s Therapeutic Massage in Chouteau, prides herself on low prices.

“We want people to come in more often rather than treating it just as a special occasion.” said Hamilton, who believes people should be pampered all year.

She’s been doing massage since 1997 and has been in Chouteau two years.

“One thing I’ve learned is that everyone is different, so their massage needs to be different. I talk to the client then customize their massage to them rather than just giving them a long list of services to pick from,” Hamilton said.

Among other things she offers sports, prenatal, hot stone and deep-tissue massages. She also does detox wraps, reflexology and acupressure.

“My shop is very laid back. I designed it to feel like you are walking into a home. It’s a place you can breathe,” said Hamilton, who also said clients do not have to disrobe, which is something that prevents a lot of people from getting their first massage. “And a half-hour massage, that costs $25, makes a great stocking stuffer.”

For more information or to book an appointment, call Heather's at 918-476-4014.

In Pryor, Genesis Massage and Spa has a special of buy three get one free for the month of December.

“This is our most popular item, it makes a great gift. It is a 55-minute full-body massage. You can gift to four people or give all four to one person,” the Genesis staff said. “Lots of people won’t buy a massage for themselves, but would love to get one as a gift.”

The salon offers a range of services from four licensed massage therapists and an esthatician (skin care).

The staff said clients really enjoy the quaint atmosphere of the salon and the one-on-one attention.

For more information or to book an appointment, call 918-825-1601 or visit the salon at 24 N. Coo-Y-Yah.

To give the gift of a new passion, consider Ms. Jimmies School of Dance in Pryor  or Fishinghawk’s Martial Arts Academy in Locust Grove.

“Ms. Jimmie” as she’s known locally, has been teaching dance over 40 years. Her resume is miles long and includes judging professional competitions and being

a representative of Dancemasters of America both locally and in New York City.

“I’ve had at least seven go on to college for dance. Six or seven have gone on to work for Disney. I’ve had dancers go to Japan, France and Vegas for dance,” Jimmie Sue McCollough said. “I had one former student a body builder, that won Mr. Oklahoma and I helped him choreograph his routine.”

The school offers ballet, jazz, tap and lyrical dance lessons for students age three and up.

“I’ve seen students dance and have their riding ability or athletic performance improved. We’ve had guys that play football or baseball that have their game improved after dance lessons. It’s great both physically and mentally.” said McCollough, who thinks of each student as her own child. “A lot of the time this gives students something to feel good about themselves, it’s something of their own.”

McCollough said she feels blessed and is constantly amazed at the local talent.

For more information on dance lessons Ms. Jimmie’s can be reached at 918-825-4179 or 918-637-7358

Gift someone on your Christmas list the gift of organization and a clutter-free space by calling You-niquely Organized out of Pryor.

“I basically go into homes or businesses and de-clutter,” said Crystal Stout, owner of You-niquely organized, who’s services could be essential in curbing the post-Christmas chaos. “Sometimes it means getting rid of things and sometimes it means just sorting through it and storing it differently.”

Stout has loved organizing for as long as she can remember, but has been doing it professionally since 2012. Stout will organize about anything including living rooms, bedrooms, home offices, garages, scrapbook or craft rooms, holiday decoration storage and filing systems.

“Sure organizing and de-cluttering is something people can do on their own, but most of the time they won’t. It helps to have someone there so you can take a step back,” said Stout, who believes staying home for the holidays is easier if your home isn’t full of clutter.

For more information, or to see before

and after pictures, visit Stout’s website at www.youniquelyorganized.com or call her at 918-381-1191.

While shopping locally this holiday season consider giving a memory, not just a gift.