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Blind massage therapist and employer receive honors

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Tim Herold knew that massage would come naturally to him. He had been doing it within his family circle since he was 11. He’d rub his mother’s shoulders and his cousins’ backs. It made them feel better, and Herold felt he was helping them.

He didn’t let the fact he’d been legally blind since birth deter him.

Herold and his employer, Rosalyn Coggins of Beauti Central Salon and Day Spa, have received state honors for their work.

A rehabilitation counselor for Arkansas Services for the Blind nominated Herold for Consumer of the Year for outstanding achievement in his career, and Coggins for Employer of the Year for an eight-county area. The statewide winner will be announced in December.

Herold says he now has his “dream job” and couldn’t be happier. The styles of massage he offers include reflexology on the feet, deep tissue massage and Swedish massage. The salon and day spa is equipped for Herold to give brief chair massages of the head, back and shoulders, too.

Coggins says she wasn’t hiring when Herold first contacted her about a job, but he asked for a meeting anyway and his professional way of presenting himself convinced her to give him a chance.

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