Legally Blind Woman to Open New Arizona Elements Massage Studio

A new Elements Massage studio is set to open in December//Photo by wavebreakmedia/iStock/Getty Images Plus

Angela Sarhaddi, a woman who has been legally blind since birth, will open a new location of the Elements Massage brand at Superstition Gateway Shopping Center in East Mesa, AZ. Sarhaddi, whose vision has diminished to a level measured only by light detection due to a retinal condition called Leber Congenital Amaurosis, received funding from the Rehabilitation Services Administration of the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) to help with the start-up costs for her studio. The new location, set to open December 2, represents an exciting business opportunity for Sarhaddi and reflects the tremendous success of Elements Massage in its dedication to the health and wellness benefits of massage therapy. In celebration of the opening, clients may experience the therapeutic effects of an Elements massage at a special rate, with the East Mesa studio’s $49 pre-opening offer.

In August, Sarhaddi presented her business plan to the Rehabilitation Services Administration Self-Employment Review Committee of DES, an agency that strives to help each Arizona resident attain self-sufficiency. The committee, which administers funds to eligible clients through its Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program, voted to approve $18,000 in funding to assist Sarhaddi with the initial costs for the studio. To support her continued success, DES connected Sarhaddi with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and courses specially designed for business owners with disabilities. 

The East Mesa location will offer a variety of massages techniques, including Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, and Element's newest massages using Himalayan salt stones. Two fundamentals are at the core of all services provided by Elements: the Elements Way, which aims to provide each client with the best, most personalized massage they have ever had, and the Elements Promise, which ensures customers that their treatment will meet or exceed expectations.

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