Building the Valley: Health and wellness on the menu at Sincerely Yoga and Massage in Tarentum
Slow-flow meditation and gentle yoga are the keys to holistic wellness offered by Amy Feldbusch at her Sincerely Yoga and Massage studio in Tarentum.
“People need stress relief for their health,” said Feldbusch, a licensed Vandergrift therapist who operated from a comfortable space along West Ninth Avenue for four years.
“As soon as we reopened after the pandemic, my classes doubled in size.”
The studio is located on the third floor of a converted church, now a coworking and events space called The Clement. Hardwood floors and oversized windows lend a warm charm to Feldbusch’s classroom, which is otherwise decorated with greenery, candles, and inspiring wood panels.
A native of Allegheny Township and a graduate of Kiski Area High School, Feldbusch said her journey in the wellness industry was directly impacted by a car accident in her early 20s.
“Because of my injuries, I couldn’t take care of my little child,” she says. “I didn’t want to turn to prescriptions for pain management, so I turned to chiropractic and massage therapy.
“I was baffled by how I was cured with this hands-on work. I never looked back.
Feldbusch enrolled in massage school while working full-time in product development. She simultaneously developed a passion for fitness, saying the well-being of body, mind and spirit is crucial for optimal health.
“I decided I couldn’t stray from the health and wellness path, so I left corporate America,” she said.
She now has certifications from AFAA, Spinning, and Yoga Fit, among other specialty formats.
While looking for a location for her business, Feldbusch came across The Clement and said “he ticks all the boxes.”
“The tenants are great, there’s plenty of parking, and I love the space,” she said.
In his studio, a former classroom, Feldbusch offers a variety of massage therapy options to target sports injuries, relaxation, or other issues.
A special menu item is the Sugar Glow, which combines deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy and gentle Swedish movements to melt away tension.
A sugar scrub with aromatherapy is applied before the experience ends with a foot massage.
Feldbusch offers one-hour yoga classes three times a week, at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and at 9:00 a.m. on Saturdays. Class styles change weekly. Costs range from $7.50 to $15 per class, depending on frequency. Feldbusch also offers a membership that includes discounts on classes.
Registration for paid classes is limited to about a dozen people, though twice that number show up at Feldbusch’s free community session held each month.
The wellness enthusiast teaches gentle yoga with the aim of introducing beginners to the practice. She said the moves are appropriate for all skill levels. Participants are requested to bring a mat if they have one, as well as a bottle of water.
The next free class is at 6:30 p.m. on March 29.
In her spare time, Feldbusch enjoys being active outdoors, either on the trails or in a kayak. If she’s not at work, you can find her walking her dogs or relaxing with a cup of coffee, she said.
Feldbusch said she feels like she’s found the perfect home for her business at The Clement, especially after working in an office for so long without access to the outdoors.
“I love all the light that’s pouring in,” she said. “He has character.”