ROCK FALLS – You’re never too old to go to gramma for help.
When we were kids, it seemed like gramma always had a homespun cure for what ailed us – and she still does, even for grown-ups. Whether you’re tensed up or feeling down, Gramma’s has you covered, and she’s got plenty of help from her neighbors, who can lend some helping hands.
“Gramma” is Kenne Hampton – who, with her husband, Steve – owns Gramma’s Crossroads, 1510 Prophetstown Road in Rock Falls, where Behrens Country Village used to be. She and Steve also own an adjacent farmhouse, as well 77 local rental properties.
Gramma’s Crossroads can be found on both sides at the end of the driveway, behind the their house. It’s home to seven small businesses as well as the office for H & H Rental Properties.
Kenne’s pride and joy is Gramma’s Saltz and More, which is at one end of the main building.
She established the business 2 years ago in Sterling and soon wanted to expand. She bought the former Behrens Country Village, a western-style cluster of businesses with a downtown motif and settled in.
She didn’t come alone. One of the buildings has suites with other health and massage businesses; the Hamptons plan to renovate the other building.
“We had our hearts set in on making this a wellness place,” she said.
Gramma’s Saltz and More sells an array of salts that cater to the improvement of the senses as well as jewelry, healing crystals and rocks, teas, and cannabidiol (CBD) products. Cards are placed inside trays for each product to explain what it does and how it helps heal various issues.
One of the primary features of the shop is its salt room, a spacious, homey space with chairs placed on a salt-covered floor – similar to sand on a beach – where customers looking to ease their pain can sink their bare feet into piles of salt and feel, and even smell, the tingle of grains to the tune of relaxing music in a room bathed in low light.
It’s great for lung issues, ear infections, sinuses, allergies, stress, anxiety, eczema and psoriasis, Hampton said. She was fascinated by a late 1800s studies by European doctors who looked at the respiratory health of coal and salt miners.
“Guys who worked in the coal mines had bad lungs,” she said. “People who worked in the regular salt mines never were affected. He did an experiment and sent the guys from the coal mine to the salt mine, and found out their lungs got better in the salt mines.”
Gramma’s Saltz and More is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Find it on Facebook or call 815-213-1974 for more information.
Gramma isn’t the only one who has some help for what ails you. There’s a whole family of businesses at Gramma’s Crossroads …
• Allison M. Hoehn Wellness Massage – Hoehn is a licensed massage therapist who works in deep tissue massage, pregnancy massage, sports massage, Swedish massage, trigger point therapy, cranioSacral therapy, and structural integration. Call 815-718-5599 to schedule an appointment or for more information.
• Margaret De La Fuente Reiki – Reiki, a Japanese alternative healing technique, channels energy into clients to encourage a natural healing process by restoring physical and emotional well-being. Reiki practitioners say it helps with pain relief, injuries, releasing emotions, and aiding the body’s return to harmony and balance. De La Fuente also does Shamanic cleanings and crystal bowl healing sessions. Call 815-994-1892.
• Massage By Carol – Herbalist and massage therapist Carol Camper grows her own plants and concocts her own heated minerals to share her Shamanic journey with others in need of relaxation. She also practices Reiki, Access Consciousness Bars therapy, and emotional freedom technique tapping, which some say can relieve pain and emotional distress using psychological acupressure.. Cannabidiol (CBD) massage also is available. Call 815-718-3331.
• Positive Changes Acupuncture and Skin Solutions – For more than 20 years, acupuncturist Patrick Stramka has helped patients deal with fibromyalgia, migraines, and neck and back pain. Call 815-499-5426.
• Beach Gal Travel Services – Tedi Ridle plans vacations with a personal connection, using traveller’s interests to provide resort options, custom orders and true concierge service. Find it on Facebook, go to beachgaltravels.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 815-716-8722 for appointments or more information. And if you’re wondering how a travel agent fits in with the rest of the family – “Even Beach Gal Travel is wellness,” Hampton said, “because who doesn’t want to go on vacation to feel better?”
• Kathie Whalen Reiki and Massage – Whalen is a licensed massage therapist, master-level Reiki practitioner, and a practitioner of sound healing, which uses vibrations from sounds to help people relax. She said her goal it to make sure clients feel better through natural therapies that are relaxing, gentle, safe and comforting. Open or closed massages come with sound healing and range from gentle glide; face, neck and scalp; hand and forearm; and hot stone. Call 815-735-2069.