New wellness center encompasses body, mind and spirit

Auburn Total Health offers massage, counseling, sauna
By: Hannah Kanik / For the Auburn Journal
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Auburn Total Health
Where: 161 Palm Ave., Auburn
Hours: by appointment
phone: 503-206-7882
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A new business is in town that focuses on treating all aspects of health: body, mind and spirit. 
Auburn Total Health, a community-based wellness center, opened its doors to treat community members to massage, sports massage, relationship counseling, colon hydrotherapy and an infrared sauna last April. 
The center, located at 161 Palm Ave., has a spa-like quality equipped with essential oils and soothing music, while also offering the professionalism and services of a health clinic. 
Kim McCool started the business after she embarked on her own fitness journey. Now, she said she wants to help people navigate their own path to a healthier life.
McCool recruited two massage therapists and a marriage and relationship counselor to make up her team.  
One of their most popular services, colon hydrotherapy, has already had 300 customers. Colon hydrotherapy is performed to clear the colon of any toxins or residual feces. They had to open a second colonic room to accommodate the high demand of people who were coming in, according to Victoria McCool, office manager. 
Tami Tivey of Auburn had colon hydrotherapy and a massage a few weeks ago. 
“It’s super inviting and relaxing,” Tivey said. 
As a small business, Auburn Total Health started networking with other small businesses in the area through an organization called One Million Cups. With One Million Cups, local businesses meet and support each other by connecting them to resources or showing support at events. 
McCool and marriage counselor Staci Bartley first met at One Million Cups and later became business partners. 
Bartley joined the Auburn Total Health team at the beginning of this month and offers weekly classes for $10 as well as relationship counseling.
Amy Perkins, sports and orthopedic masseuse, joined the team in February. Perkins focuses on sports massages and said she is honored to work with such professional and strong women.
Sarah Barrios, masseuse, focuses on relaxing massages as well as sports and healing massages.
Auburn Total Health held a ribbon cutting last Wednesday to officially welcome them into the Auburn community. 
Sacramento Small Business Administration representative Carrie Ellinwood emceed the ribbon cutting.
“One of the greatest things they’ve done is they’ve taken advantage of the resources around them to help get their business started,” Ellinwood said. “She’s so passionate about it. You can really see it.”
Mayor Bridget Powers welcomed Auburn Total Health into the community at the event as well. 
“You are a part of a surge of new businesses,” Powers said. “Welcome to a community that will embrace you.”
Appointments can be booked through their website, online or in person and free tours of the facility are offered daily. 
“This is a place you can feel comfortable, can find healing. We are here to serve the community,” McCool said.