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A warm and comforting feeling washed over me after stepping foot into Diane Ottolenghi’s home that doubled as her work space for her massage therapy business.

Anyone and everyone should feel welcome and safe here. Glancing to the left I saw complementary medical masks, in case you forgot yours. Safety is of the utmost importance to Ottolenghi.

“I have a lot of medically fragile people, and or, people who live with and take care of medically fragile people. So I’m very protective of them,” Ottolenghi said. 

Which is why she is offering a one hour, complimentary massage, for those who will become vaccinated. The concept is being able to relax and unwind after you got your shot with a complementary hour long massage.

Absolutely anyone is eligible for this offer, children or adults, so long as they become vaccinated. She believes her intentions with this promotion are pure-hearted. She wants the places we all call home to be safer places. 

“I’m not doing this to build my business, I want to try to get Richland County, I think we're up to 42.6 percent, so it’d be nice if we could at least get to the state average of 50 percent,” Ottolenghi said. 

As a health care worker, Ottolenghi believes she understands the risk we all share if we don’t all pitch in, do our part and get vaccinated. Her concern for the health and safety of others doesn’t just extend to her clients, but also to every single person in the community and beyond. No matter your views, she’s open to everyone’s opinion, even if it’s opposite her own. 

“I don’t have a problem traversing both universes, I just don’t,” Ottolenghi said.

We all have more in common than the separation of politics would lead us to believe. An opinion both her and I share. There are so many ways to connect and interchange ideas with respect. None of those things can happen, however, if we cannot keep each other safe. 

A woman of many hobbies, she likes to keep busy. She began her journey as a massage therapist in 1985, and worked on and off while juggling teaching social work at OSU. When that ended, she started back up full-time as a massage therapist. 

“I’ve always done (massages), at least part time since I’ve started,” Ottolenghi said. 

Continuing in any career for 20 or more years requires serious love and dedication for your work. To her, it isn’t work, because she says she genuinely enjoys the connections she builds with those she works with. 

Massages aren’t the only thing she offers, she also has cupping and lymphatic drainage services. The latter can be used for anyone, but is especially helpful for those who’ve overcome breast cancer. 

For those interested in the promotion, please visit https://dianeottolenghi.com/ 

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