It wasn’t too long ago that the City of Ripon enacted a massage ordinance.
For that reason, places such as Sanctuary Spa and Skin can expect to open soon in the Ripon Town Square Shopping Center.
Jamie Green, who is the applicant and operator for this new business — she’s been a massage therapist for over 12 years, including more than six of those years in Ripon, and is certified through the California Massage Therapy Council, as required by the ordinance — referred to Sanctuary Span and Skin as place where people can take a break from the everyday noise and chaos and just relax.
Last week, the Ripon Planning Commission unanimously approved Sanctuary Spa and Skin with a conditional use permit without opposition during the public hearing.
“As with any conditional use permit, it can be reviewed upon notice of compliant,” said Planning Director Ken Zuidervaart, who pointed out in his Feb. 19 report that the former tenant of the suite at 1201 W. Main St. was a locksmith, gun store and property management office.
The business hours for Sanctuary Spa and Skin will be Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The owner will also be required to comply with all conditions of the massage ordinance adopted in 2016.
Zuidervaart added that two other massage therapists will be renting the space in the new facility.
“Both are licensed with the CAMTC as well,” he said, noting that future employees, in particular, massage therapists, will also be required to be certified by CAMTC.
As part of the certification process, CAMTC conducts extensive background checks to ensure the training is conducted by legitimate massage schools and that individuals conducting massages are engaged in legitimate business practices, according to Zuidervaart.
As for Green, she’s worked at Natural Path Wellness Center, Friends Salon and even had her own suite in Modesto.