CAVENDISH — Denise Gebroe has worked hard to get here, and now she’s inviting the public to help her celebrate.
Today, Gebroe plans to launch her new business, DG Bodyworks, with an official grand opening at her 7 Depot St. location in Cavendish.
Gebroe is a licensed massage therapist and certified personal trainer. She will use DG Bodyworks as a community center that offers yoga, conditioning, strength training and dance.
The open house is scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. There will be free classes in dance, Zumba, yoga and more, as well as a massage session from 3 to 5 p.m. Johnny O provides free live music from 3 to 5 p.m. There also will be free local food, demonstrations, and a chance to win a free massage.
“This open house will be quite the extravaganza,” Gebroe said.
Gebroe first moved to the region more than a decade ago, and formerly relaxed and crocheted at Six Loose Ladies, which moved to Chester last May. Now, Gebroe is occupying the former Six Loose Ladies space with her own business.
Gebroe has more than 15 years of experience in the massage field. This year, she became sports chairperson of the Vermont chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association.
“I believe in volunteering my skills and helping athletes perform better in this area,” Gebroe said in an email recently. “I work on powerlifters, marathon runners and desk office workers. I’ve been massaging at Black River Produce for more than two years.”
Gebroe unabashedly admits her lifestyle was not always healthy. Over the years, she has lost 50 pounds, cleaned up her diet “considerably,” and earned her place in competitive powerlifting. Her husband is a bodybuilder, and her DG Bodyworks Facebook page features photos and videos of her in training.
Gebroe also has a specialist’s certification to help people with physical limitations. She was involved in some past motor vehicle collisions, and had to modify her own exercise skills in order to help and train others.
“I myself have spinal stenosis, disc degeneration, plates and screws, and I believe proper form and body mechanics is the most important thing I can teach people,” Gebroe said.
Gebroe lists all of DG Bodyworks’ services — and all of her certifications — on her business website, www.dgbodyworks.com.
“I love my career path and my clients,” Gebroe said. “I truly care for them and try and help them the best I can.”