Massage-O-Grams Boost MT's
When Theresa Busse shows up a doorstep, no one
is unhappy. With a massage chair in tow, and bearing flowers or
balloons and reciting a customized poem, she might just be the most
popular one-woman delivery service around.
Busse’s Massage-O-Gram service has taken
off since its introduction to Greenbay, Wisconsin, almost two years
ago. It started when she was asked to do a surprise chair massage
for the owner of a Curves franchise next to her massage practice,
A Touch of Theresa. “We both said, ‘That’s a good
idea,’” Busse recalls.
Today the service makes up more than half her
practice, with orders piling up on special occasions, such as Valentine’s
and Bosses’ days. A radio interview on a local station generated
even more business, and now she travels beyond the greater Greenbay
vicinity for deliveries. She charges $40 for a 15-minute chair massage
(more for out-of-the-area deliveries), and includes a choice of
flowers or balloons and a customized poem she writes for the recipient,
based on information provided by the gift-giver.
Busse says it’s a good feeling when people
realize she is there to see them. “I’ve had quite a
few people get tears in their eyes or cry,” she says. One
memorable delivery came from a woman whose son, who was serving
in the military in Afghanistan, asked his mom to arrange something
special for his wife on their first anniversary. Busse got the same
roses the young woman had in her wedding bouquet, and wrote a poem
from the husband to his wife.
The most unusual delivery? A Massage-O-Gram request
for a woman celebrating her 50th birthday, and who loved the color
pink. Busse dressed in pink and brought a bouquet of pink flowers.
But she denied the last request—to bring decorative pink flamingos
into the massage session.