About the Owner

     Hello, I'm Vanessa! 


In getting to know a little about you and your needs for health, healing, and balance, I'd like to share a little about me and why I do what I do.  My path to helping people heal themselves began long ago.  Yes, you read that

correctly; I said people heal themselves!  Whether you believe it or not, it's true, and I'm the energetic facilitator blessed with the opportunity to connect you with your body's healing resources.


When I was a young girl, I wasn't aware that pursuing a career in massage was an option.   I enrolled in Civil Engineering.  I know.  About as opposite as you can get from massage therapy.  But, I soon discovered  that I was innately drawn to helping people who were under stress, had stiffness, or were in pain.  Responding to the call to help them out of discomfort came naturally to me.   

 It wasn't a chore.  I didn't even think about it.  I just followed my inner urge to make them feel better.  And it did!  Over the years, I massaged dozens of coworkers, and after receiving positive feedback time and time again, 

it finally dawned on me that I should look into entering a massage therapy certification program. 

So one day, I made the change and the choice, to follow my new dream and begin my rewarding career path as a Massage Therapist.  I moved from California to beautiful Colorado, and after graduating in 2006

from The Utah Family of Schools of Massage Therapy, I made my dream a reality.

I continued to pursue my education and expand my knowledge and my toolbox, learning Oncology Massage,

Hot Stone & Himalayan Salt Massage, Cold Stone Face Massage for Migraines and Headaches, 

Aromatherapy, Body Scrubs, and Facial Massage. I collaborated with and worked at high-end spas, 

and learned the in's and out's of Hospitality, which I've incorporated to this day.


Though all of my experiences helped tremendously, I felt limited in what I was permitted to do within the spa environments. I had always dreamed about working for myself.  As years passed, I've grown and evolved, just like my practice, with new knowledge and new techniques, so that I can better assist my clients' special needs.  

In 2014, I fulfilled my dream and created The Hidden Gem, a sactuary to help reveal the hidden gem in each of you.  

I  am pleased to bring a high level of service and create a memorable experience for you.  

Remember that I am here as your facilitator, connecting you with your own healing resources.  

So, don't hesitate to share with me your curiosities and needs. 


                                                                                                              Your healing facilitator, 

                                                     Vanessa  Franco  HHP
© 2006 by The Hidden Gem