WICHITA — A group of former InnerWorks Holistic Health Center practitioners who massage therapist Amber Davey says "were kind of just thrust out into the world" are starting their own place.
Before it closed, InnerWorks was home to about a dozen practitioners who offered services related to alternative medicine, such as acupuncture, kinesiology, massage and yoga.
Davey says InnerWorks closed when the owners of its space at 3425 W. Central sold the building.
Now she and massage therapists Heidi Barker and Courtney Bensch and personal trainer Renee Clark, who has GetFit Personal Training, are starting the Body Studio in the Maple Street Mini Mall at 4800 W. Maple.
Former InnerWorks body worker Vickie Carter is joining them as well.
Davey says the practitioners have known for a long time that they may lose their InnerWorks space, but the hope was the new owners of the building might want to continue it. When that didn't happen, she says it was a quick 30 days that she and the other Body Studio owners swung into gear and got their new space. Davey says they all work well together and are friends in addition to colleagues.
The Body Studio will offer yoga, including group and specialty classes and private classes. A couple of yoga instructors from InnerWorks will be there along with a new instructor. There also will be meditation classes.
In addition, the Body Studio will rent 650 square feet of its 2,400 square feet for others to use.
"We're just doing it for health and wellness professionals," Davey says.
She says that might be someone who wants to offer continuing education classes or yoga instruction workshops.
"We know a lot of people who are like us."
The practitioners have been helping former InnerWorks clients in the transition, but they'll officially welcome new clients at a grand opening from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on May 1.