"I started this business because I wanted something of my very own," Haynes says.
Haynes says his priority is to make clients comfortable and to provide a relaxing environment. He keeps his space neat and simple, with two massage tables, a stool, adjustable lights and ceiling fans to add to the feeling of tranquility.
Blue Skyz Still Waters is on the second floor of a building at 4460 Highway 80 West. "You will forget that you're on Highway 80," he says.
After researching different massage-therapy schools, Haynes decided to attend the Mississippi School of Therapeutic Massage, then on Lakeland Drive. He received his license in 2010 and opened Blue Skyz Still Waters on May 14, 2012.
Haynes has been a finalist for the category of massage therapist for the Best of Jackson awards for three consecutive years since opening.
Through Blue Skyz, he offers most forms of massage therapy, including couple massages, reflexology, and full body, as well as prenatal massages and mobile services. He also creates sugar and salt scrubs to exfoliate the skin, and he recently added hot stones to his services.
Haynes says he wants Blue Skyz to be accommodating to its clients. He talks as little as possible and uses music or silence while he works, depending on the customer's preference. Because some clients prefer a female massage therapist, Haynes has connections with several female therapists to accommodate those needs and to assist him in couples massage sessions. He also makes referrals to chiropractors in the area.
"I definitely want the clients to get the services they're wanting," he says. "At the end of the day, it's about helping people, whether it's them regaining a certain motion or getting in a better mental state. ... Massage therapy is more than the physical."
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