This article is sponsored by our friends at Beaver County Auto

A few months ago, I wrote about two new businesses that opened in the fall in Center Township: the Health Cove and the Recovery Room, owned by Chippewa resident, Lisa Hickman. Lisa’s unique and innovative idea of opening two businesses in the virtually the same location gives customers a wide array of options to choose from, such as massage therapy, bodywork, vitamins, supplements, herbs, essential oils, handcrafted and spiritual gifts.   


I wanted to give our readers a better of idea what it’s like to get worked on at the Recovery Room, so I set up an appointment for a 60 minute hot bamboo massage not too long ago. According to their website,, a hot bamboo massage is described as, “Hot Bamboo Massage uses solid bamboo sticks of different lengths and diameters to massage the body.  The sticks are warmed and applied to give deep and long massage strokes to break down tension and stretch tight muscles.”

Massage therapy clients enter the main entrance of the building, which takes you into the Health Cove and Recovery Room space. The massage rooms and tables are in the rear.  The place itself was spotless, clean, and smelled of essential oils from the diffusers that are strategically placed in each room. My massage therapist, Kathleen, did a great job. Most of the massage consisted of full body, deep tissue work. Between lifting weights and golfing, my muscles need all the work they can get. Finally, the hot bamboo was reserved for the last 15 minutes or so in a 60 minute service.  A 90 minute hot bamboo calls for the hot bamboo sticks on the entire body!  The hot bamboo came in different shapes, and was heated to the perfect temperature.  Kathleen massaged my neck and back with the hot bamboo sticks. It felt incredible! I couldn’t have been more impressed with the professionalism and friendliness of the staff.   


On my way out, I told a staff member about my allergies and trouble sleeping at night. She recommended a Young Living essential oil, called “R.C.,” which stands for ‘respiratory congestion’, a blend of spruce, cyprus, and eucalyptus, for my diffuser. It has a great smell and has me breathing clear all night.  You have to check out the selection of Young Living oils, there are literally several hundred bottles to choose from!  You also have the opportunity to sign up for your own wholesale Young Living account at the Health Cove.   


The Recovery Room has quite a few other massage therapy options besides the hot bamboo, so be sure to check out their website (listed above) or their Facebook page for more information.  Lisa has just begun to build the services and roll out other fascinating options for healing.     


If you’re looking to make an appointment, you can contact them at 724-888-9195. Their website is listed above, and you can find them on Facebook under “Health Cove/Recovery Room.”  If you ‘like’ the page, you will be notified of sales and specials for both businesses, so don’t miss out!  They’re conveniently located about a ½ mile from the Beaver Valley Mall, at 3645 Brodhead Road, Monaca (Center Twp.). 



Marc is a lifelong resident of Beaver County. A 2001 graduate of Center High School and 2005 graduate of Point Park University, Marc is employed by the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School and officiates high school and college football. Follow Marc on Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram @marcgrando