By Lee Noles
MONROE – When Tyler and Ruthie Baudoin opened Monroe Massage and Yoga more than a year and a half ago, their goal was to provide Union County residents the tools needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
The husband and wife team are building on those beliefs by recently tripling their operating space to include a larger yoga studio and extra rooms to accommodate the 40 new clients who have joined in the last two months.
“And it’s not stopping,” Tyler Baudoin said. “This is supposed to be the start of the slow season, but we are not seeing that happen.”
Tyler Baudoin’s interest in therapeutic massage began when he visited a class at a local community college while he was still in high school. He worked at several massage businesses in Charlotte over the years before opening his own with Ruthie in 2017. The Baudoins mainly concentrated on massage during the first few months, but the new space has them refocusing their attention on yoga.
The yoga studio has mirrored walls lining each side of the workout area with bright lime green wallpaper reaching to the wooden trim near the ceiling. White cubbies for clients’ mats and
personal items are available. The studio currently has carpeting, but the Baudoins are looking to install hardwood floors.
Beginner and intermediate yoga classes are offered. Sessions for senior citizens are also included and can be broken into chair or gentle yoga. One class available is the slow flow beginner class which starts in a chair but finishes on the mat and incorporates blankets, straps and blocks into the 75-minute workout. A meditation class every Monday at noon is unique, because people pay as much as they want, when they want.
“I’m really excited to offer more than just a massage,” Tyler Baudoin said. “It allows us to give something back to the community, and it gives us an opportunity to meet with other instructors.”
Another bonus for the extra space is the visibility it allows to the public. Before the addition, Monroe Massage and Yoga was located in the back part of another business off Franklin Street. Customers can still come down the original brick path way, but the new store front entrance increases the opportunity for foot traffic.
“It’s been amazing,” Ruthie Baudoin said. “It’s been easier for our clients and customers to find us, because before it was really, really hard.”
The massage area is still in the original part of the building which is situated past a trickling water fountain, which sets the mood for relaxation. The waiting area is decorated with darker tones of forest green and music streams into the room to once again build the calming vibe the Baudoins’ desire.
The different massage styles have also grown with the new additions. Couple and facials now join reflexology, sports, therapeutic and corporate massages which were offered prior to the expansion. To accommodate groups of two coming into the studio for a massage, the Baudoins have converted a larger room to now hold two tables.
“We can now tap into a different market that we wouldn’t have gotten before,” Tyler Baudoin said of a couples massage.
The success has allowed Baudoin to add another massage therapist with Jenny Sepulveda joining four months ago, with her specialization being in prenatal massage.
Darby Starnes first found out about the Baudoins when she got a chair massage from Tyler at the farmers market in Monroe. She came to the studio four months ago when Sepulveda began to work there. A learning and development program manager, Starnes says her job has her traveling across the United States every other week and standing for much of the day.
The wear and tear has her coming to Monroe Massage and Yoga every week.
“It’s very calm and very relaxing,” Starnes said. “It’s the open space … and there are not a bunch of people rushing around. There is no real loud music playing. It’s just very calm, relaxing and serene.”
The Baudoins are already looking to the future. They’re thinking about taking available space in the building and converting it into two or three private rooms. If things keep progressing at the rate they are now, Tyler Baudoin is interested in finding a larger space to move his yoga studio into.
What will not change is the philosophy of helping people live a healthier lifestyle. The Baudoins believe so much in the ideal, they even have their 2-year-old son, Kaiden, practicing yoga at every opportunity.
“It’s good to implement it and put it into your everyday life,” Ruthie Baudoin said.
Interested in going?
You can make an appointment for both massage and yoga classes by going to www.monroemy.com or calling 704-408-8133. Appointments can also be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.