Goodbye banking, hello new business

Elements_3Five years ago, Eric Tuskind left behind a career as a bank vice president and started a career in something entirely different.

Massage therapy.

Business at Elements Therapeutic Massage has been so good, he opened his second franchise studio in Colorado Springs. The grand opening takes place Friday, Sept. 27, at 9475 Briar Village Point.

Earlier this century, after earning his business degree with an emphasis in finance from the University of Colorado, he got a job at FirstBank in Lakewood. He worked his way up to vice president of operations.

“It was a wonderful company to work for,” Tuskind said. “Over time, I started taking an interest in the health and wellness community.”

Also, he wanted to be his own boss and he had become a certified massage therapist.

“I wanted to pursue something I was really passionate about. I came across Elements and I was interested in their business model,” Tuskind said. “We focus exclusively on massage therapy.”

“We like to think that we do one thing and we’re the best at it,” he added. They match clients with the right therapist, depending on the type and pressure of the massage, to give a custom massage.

The Colorado native left his banking job in the Denver suburbs and moved to Colorado Springs because “I always liked the city and I thought it would be a good city to open an Elements.”

He opened his first franchise Elements five years ago, at 3703 Bloomington St., near Powers and North Carefree boulevards. That studio grew quickly from 100 to more than 650 clients, he said. Between the two studios, he now has 37 employees.