After almost 13 years Full Circle Family Massage & Healing Center is closing its doors on June 30 and will merge into a new wellness center in Kingston.
Full Circle’s owner, Darby Mackenzie Line, said she and her therapists were invited to become part of Onsen for All, a wellness center based on the Japanese onsen tradition of soaking in hot water for therapeutic benefits. Line said that most of Full Circle’s therapists will be going with her and that Onsen for All is expected to open in the fall on Route 27 at the intersection with Raymond Road.
A multi-service center offering massage and bodywork services, Onsen for All will feature a Japanese style spa garden with four large wooden soaking hot tubs.
“When we opened Full Circle in 1996, we were pretty much the only game in town,” Line said. “My goal was to help make massage therapy a mainstream way of handling stress and muscle pain. During our 13 years in business, we’ve seen that happen.”
The last decade has seen a boom in the growth of day spas, which offer a variety of services including massage. New massage schools have opened, and more massage therapists and facilities are available. In addition, discount massage facilities have appeared in many strip malls.
Onsen for All looks to take things up a notch. “People will be able to come in, get a robe and slippers, soak in the tubs, enjoy the wood-fired sauna, hang out in this gorgeous building, meditate in a quiet room, relax, for as long as they wish,” Line said.
“It’s going to be a unique community resource that will help people step out of their everyday lives for a few hours or more, and re-set their stress levels to zero,” she said. “In this day and age, what could be better?”
Full Circle Family Massage & Healing Center, 329 Princeton-Hightstown Road, Cranbury.