Colwell’s business gets ‘SPAcific’

Karen Danner
I feel the knead: Shawna Colwell gives long-time customer Bev Meils of Lacon a massage recently. Colwell opened SPAcific Kneads at 300 W. Pine St., Suite 2.

Shawna Colwell rubs people the right way at her new business — SPAcific Kneads.

Now that she has her esthetician license, which she obtained at Tricoci University of Beauty Culture in Peoria in March, Colwell decided it was time to move her business out of her home and into an office at 300 W. Pine St., Suite 2.

An esthetician license, covering the advanced study of skin care, gives Colwell a lot more options to serve her customers.

“This will allow me to do facials, body wraps, all types of waxing, from top to bottom, and body polishes or scrubs,” said Colwell.

A Chillicothean since she was 8 years old, Colwell earned her massage therapist license 11 years ago after graduating from Life Path School of Massage Therapy, which was then located in Peoria.

She has had her own business since then.

The first six years, Colwell worked with Denise Amundson at A&A Chiropractic.

On July 1, she decided it was time to “make the break out of my house,” said Colwell.

Originally, Colwell said she had two main reasons for going back to school.

“I felt there was a need for this type of service in Chillicothe, and for my future to keep my career.

It’s a little easier on my body than massage,” said Colwell.

Her real calling is to work with teenagers on skin care.

“I would really like to work with early teens on skin care and to take care of their skin properly,” said Colwell

She said she would like to speak at schools on skin care.

She also has advanced training in neuromuscular therapy and myokinesthetic therapy, which deal with soft tissue issues that involve the nervous system, as well as hot stone massage.

For now, though, Colwell is content with her new business.

“My place is not a fancy Chicago-style spa, but the prices aren’t Chicago-style either,” she said.

Her sister-in-law, Michelle Keinath, recently graduated from Illinois Central College’s massage therapy program and obtained her license.

She will work with Colwell on Thursdays doing massage, and is offering a one-hour massage for $40 through September.

SPAcific Kneads also offers ear candling.

With Chilli Bowl open again for the season, Colwell will spend her days at her shop and some of her evenings at the bowling alley.

SPAcific Kneads is open by appointment only Monday through Friday. Call 657-7753 to make an appointment.

“I wanted to be able to offer something that was beneficial, relaxing and affordable,” said Colwell, “so people would take the time to do this for themselves.”