An interview with Mary Bell, owner of Broken Wing, 960 4th Ave., Seaside, OR 97138

Mary Bell came from Green Bay, Wis., to attend massage school. She left a 20-year practice in Portland to move to Seaside, but kept her Portland job for a year after the move. Her house and business are combined and clients will notice the presence of angels throughout, each one representing a special moment in Bell's life. She has been in her present location for five years. Bell shares her house with two birds and a cat.

Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. by appointment only. For more information, call (503) 738-2100.

Why did you choose this field?

"I've been doing massage since I was 10 years old. One of my brothers would coax and cajole me into massaging his back that was sore from athletics."

What can you tell me about the volume your business does?

"I do three to four appointments a day. Each one is one to two hours long and I leave an hour between appointments."

Where does the name Broken Wing come from?

"There are four different reasons. It has Christian connotations, then there's the angel theme and birds. Plus certain muscles in humans are referred to wing muscles. Besides, I kinda like it."

I understand you have a slogan of sorts.

"Yes. It might sound corny, but I like to say what I do is massage that reaches through to your soul."

What is the most difficult part of what you do?

"Probably saying no to people when I have a full schedule. That and paying bills."

What do you want people to know about your business?

"My specialty is back, neck and hip problems, but I like to do what people need. They just need to tell me if they need or want a specific area worked on."

What is your business philosophy?

"Massage isn't just my job; it's who I am."

- Patty Hardin


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