Jill Ellsworth found herself stressed out when she worked in a corporate environment. After choosing to stay home with her children, she decided to become a licensed massage therapist by taking night classes so that she could help others find stress relief.

Ellsworth opened Serenity Massage four years ago in Johnston. She shares office space with Kim Marsh, owner of Healing Hands Therapeutic Massage.

Ellsworth specializes in Swedish relaxation massage and Marsh focuses on deeper tissue massage. They both offer couples massage.

“We have separate businesses but we do work together,” Ellsworth said. “It’s a nice arrangement.

“I also specialize in energy body work called Reiki massage, which has Eastern origins,” she said. “I like to work that into the massage.”

The Des Moines Register, Des Moines, Iowa, July 28