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Healing touch at Heart-N-Hands Massage in Grass Valley

Nouna Regan, a certified massage therapist, operates Heart-N-Hands Massage on South Auburn Street in Grass Valley.
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Nouna Regan knows firsthand the healing power of massage. Regan was involved in a “major” motorcycle accident when she was 14 years old. She still struggles from chronic pain from the accident, and has always partly managed that pain through massage.

She loves that her work as a certified massage therapist enables her to bring relief — both physically and mentally — to her clients.

“It’s bringing love, care and attention to the places that really need it the most, and that are crying out for it,” Regan, 58, said of her work.

Regan has been operating Heart-N-Hands Massage out of 673 South Auburn St. in Grass Valley for about six years now, but has typically only been in the building a couple of days a week; the rest of the time, she offered massage at a variety of other places, including Golden Empire convalescent home and Vela Massage Retreat. About three months ago, she decided to eliminate her other ventures and operate Heart-N-Hands Massage full-time.

Regan offers a variety of different massages, from geriatric to deep tissue. Prices range from $70 for a one-hour massage to $130 for a two-hour session. For more information or to make an appointment, call 530-798-3121.

Regan has lived in Nevada County for about 10 years. She’s had a variety of different jobs, including serving as a bank officer, administrative assistant and graphic designer. But she’s always been drawn to massage, and began practicing it informally around age 19.

“I was interested in it, but wasn’t sure I could make a business out of it,” Regan said.

But that didn’t stop her from continuing to learn about the practice. A few years later, she took some massage classes, and participated in a two month workshop at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur.

In 2005, she went on a spiritual journey to India, and, through some of the connections she made on that trip, met several massage therapists who spoke with her about the different avenues of massage therapy she could pursue. That made her reconsider the viability of the profession.

“I just go the feeling, yeah, I can make a living off of this,” Regan said.

She initially focused on geriatric massage, and eventually studied at the Phillips School of Massage in Nevada City, among other institutions.

She made the decision to focus solely on Heart-N-Hands massage to help relieve her busy schedule, and ensure that she could create the experience she wants her clients to have.

“I can give 100 percent more calming energy, not feel rushed, and just have my own kind of vibe to the things that I do and that I give,” she said.

Her goal is to give each client the individualized attention.

“I will listen well to hear what your body and emotions are needing at the time and give either a relaxing, nurturing massage or a deep therapeutic massage, depending on what you need or your body needs at the time,” Regan said.

To contact Staff Writer Emily Lavin, email elavin@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.

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