New Vancouver venture WellSpace helps massage therapists grow their business

New Vancouver venture WellSpace helps massage therapists grow their business

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When massage therapists graduate from school, they traditionally have two career paths: going to work for another company or going to work for themselves.

That is until Vince Williams from Vancouver opened WellSpace.

“This is really invented,” said Williams, who opened last month at 516 SE Chkalov Drive, Suite 49, in Vancouver. WellSpace uses a gym-like membership model to provide rentable treatment rooms for massage therapists.

Each month, therapists pay a membership fee and then a rental fee for the hours a room is rented out. There are payment levels. A higher monthly fee means that the hourly rates are lower and vice versa.

WellSpace offers the use of one of seven treatment rooms and provides members with linen service, website marketing, and event support.

“Our job is to help them grow their business,” said Williams, who owns WellSpace with his wife and two business partners and is also chief executive.

Danny Bickham signed for WellSpace, the company’s first customer, in August. He had been a therapist for eight years, but had always worked for someone else.

Bickham came to a point in his life where he could finally start his own business. But he didn’t want to dive in, so he started seeing only patients three days a week.

WellSpace “made it really easy to dive into my own business without jumping into it completely,” he said.

The company solves problems that often plague therapists, such as finding a space to rent and washing sheets and bedding, Bickham said.

“It’s more of a business incubator than anything,” Williams said.

WellSpace has four members and three more are on the way, although Williams expects more to jump on board.

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