Fitness Center now open

August 21, 2007 11:00 pm

Christine Walters

Del Norte Health & Fitness officially opened on Monday at 520 Wilson Ave. in Crescent City, offering not only a place to work out but also tanning beds and eventually a juice bar, nutritional counseling and various exercise classes.

"My goal is to tie it all together," said owner Bethany Gattis. "My motto is ‘fitness designed for life,' and I plan to include it all. We have a juice bar in the works that will hopefully be open within a month. Fresh fruit juices will be squeezed there, and we'll have protein drinks. We'll offer nutritional supplements, and we have a massage room, but we're still looking for the right person to lease it out."

Membership in Del Norte Health & Fitness is available by the month, with no initiation fee or contract required. Hoist resistant weight machines are offered as well as free weights and cardio machines. Boxing bags hang from the ceiling and manager Ron Otremba is available as a personal trainer and head coach for the fighting team, which competes in boxing and mixed martial arts.

An Oregon licensed massage therapist since 2000, Gattis has nearly completed a B.A. degree in Natural Health and plans to earn a Ph.D. in the subject. She also trained with Aveda Corp. in Albuquerque, N.M., and oversaw spas for them in Portland, Ore. and Ashland, Ore.

Hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. For further information, call (707) 465-3070.

Massage therapist heals

Licensed massage therapist Theresa O'Connor opened her practice recently at 1080 Mason Mall, suite 8B.

"Massage does so much to heal people," O'Connor said. "It increases circulation and reduces stress. Sometimes it's the only time people actually forget about everything and let their mind and body relax."

In addition to Swedish full body massage from head to toe, O'Connor offers seated massage, which focuses on the upper body as clients sit fully clothed in a chair. She also focuses on specific areas of the body upon request, incorporates deep tissue massage when desired and treats sports and overuse injury.

"I also offer heated stone massage, where I place warm stones on the body to help relax the tissue, so I can do targeted work," she said.

Massage treatments can last from 10 minutes to an hour or longer. O'Connor treats clients by appointment, with short notice accommodated when possible. For further information, call 954-9026.

Barber shop in new hands

Fred Endlich took over Spencer's Barber Shop at 860 Hwy. 101 N. on Aug. 12 after purchasing the business from Les Spencer, who opened the shop 11 years ago. Spencer is now semi-retired, Endlich said.

"I had a barber shop for 35 years in the Anaheim area near Disneyland," Endlich said. "I moved to Grants Pass (Ore.) two years ago and I commute from there."

Spencer's Barber Shop is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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