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Saturday , November 10 , 2012
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Foot spa that drives in

Therapist Lalchhanhimi, who hails from Mizoram, attends to a client in the Nano

Bangalore, Nov. 9: You needn’t trudge to a foot spa to pamper your tired feet; the foot spa will come to you.

No matter if you are home or at work or in the parking lot, the spa is on call — packed in a bright yellow Nano, full with a therapist and a range of oils and creams.

Two young IT professionals have quit their jobs and made it their business to provide wellness on wheels to tired feet in Bangalore. Just three months into their switch to “The Happpyfeet” — with three p’s — they know “it’s all worth it”.

“You’ll find many spas that provide the same service but none that brings it to your doorstep or your parking lot,” said Johny Stephen, 32, who hit upon the idea with colleague Sharath Keshava, 29.

The regular spa is located in the posh Indra Nagar in the east of the city but it’s the 12-hour mobile service that is its USP. Trained lady therapists, four of whom are from Mizoram and two from Manipur, run the show.

“There are clients who prefer to come to our spa, which is quite like your home or mine,” said Stephen. “But it’s the mobile spa that has many takers and the car is busy through the day.”

The Nano is custom-fitted with a recliner for the client in the entire rear-seat area, which is separated from the driver’s seat by a console. The therapist works from a seat beside the driver’s that faces the spa area. There is a shoe hatch where the client’s footwear is refreshed.

“It was an easy call to change our career track since we knew what we were getting into,” said Stephen, who used to work with Akamai Technologies, an MNC, till six months ago along with Keshava.

Both had travelled to the West on IT projects and taken note of how the wellness industry ran there. The brainwave to switch careers hit the duo on a long-haul flight to the US via London.

“Once we convinced our families that this is real wellness business and not what ‘massage’ is associated with in our country, things moved quickly,” said Keshava.

Funds weren’t a problem because friends and family helped the duo, both local boys, raise it.

“We have a long way to go as per our elaborate business plan but at the moment we are a satisfied team,” said Stephen.

They are now focusing on building a clientele, mainly from the corporate sector. “Ninety per cent of our customers come through Facebook. Many of them come again,” he said.

Beyond that, all they know is their next stop is Pune.