Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Whether you find the thought of a trip to the mall stressful or relaxing, you’ll find relaxation at Northgate Mall. Specifically at the station of ChenXi Lin, owner of 7 Days Express Relax. He offers 10-, 15-, 20- and 30-minute massages at his station in front of Bath and Body Works inside the mall.
Lin uses a Chinese style of massage he describes as “very deep.”
“The next day, you feel really relaxed,” he said, adding that his customers often say they still feel relaxed even two days after one of his massages.
The Hixson resident is originally from New York and moved to the area for the temperate weather and kind people, he said.
“Life here is more relaxed than in New York,” Lin added.
Lin worked as a massage therapist for someone else in Knoxville before starting his own business. He named his business 7 Days Express Relax because it is open seven days a week.
“Whenever you come here, you can get relaxed,” he said.
Lin said he has some regular customers who come at the same time every week, but no appointment is necessary. The 20-minute massage is the most popular, he said.
Lin chose Northgate Mall for his location because he said it is more convenient for his customers than Hamilton Place. In the future Lin said he would like to rent out a space at the mall and offer foot massages.