A bilingual licensed massage therapist who speaks English and Spanish is drawn to work with senior citizens and cancer survivors.
Andrew Salmeron provides massages in his Washougal home studio and offers chair massages at businesses, as well as relaxation and therapeutic deep-tissue massages in area homes and at Touchmark at Fairway Village, a retirement community in East Vancouver.
“They relax,” he said. “Some of them probably don’t get a lot of visitors. They are thankful, and they light up.”
Salmeron, 54, hopes to provide his mobile massage services at other assisted living communities in the area.
Working from his home means no commute, and his overhead costs are low because he does not have to lease or rent a space.
Salmeron’s goal is to provide a pleasant environment for clients to receive massage in a relaxed setting.
“I feel blessed to be able to provide an avenue for the clients to achieve the quality of life they desire,” he said. “Living with chronic pain, anxiety and depression or injury recovery can be debilitating on many levels.”
Salmeron has completed an 800-hour program with East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland and will continue to take education courses, as required for annual licensing.
Salmeron and his wife, Lori Rose, moved from the San Francisco Bay area to Washougal in June 2016.
“We wanted to live in a small town, but within 30 minutes of a large city like Portland,” he said. “Washougal has a nice downtown, low traffic and congestion (and a low) cost of living. It is very peaceful and welcoming.”
Salmeron has provided massages for cancer survivors and caregivers of terminally ill people and recently donated 50 percent of his proceeds from offering chair massages during the “Givers Gathering,” an event that raised money for a Woodland-based program that assists homeless and displaced youth.
Salmeron also provided chair massages at “Pirates in the Plaza,” in downtown Washougal, and at the Camas-Washougal Fire Department open house and health and safety fair, in Camas, in September.
He offers military personnel and emergency responders a 10-percent discount on all services.