A massage therapist who moved to a small Brazilian town and opened a salon in his neighborhood has left a city with a new massage-therapy culture.
In a video posted to Instagram, Lourdes de Lima, 43, says she is leaving to start her own business in her hometown of Bahia, a city of nearly 15,000 people that borders the Brazilian Amazon.
She has not yet made an announcement on where she will live.
The move, first reported by the Associated Press, comes as Brazil prepares to host a world football championship, the Copa Sudamericana de Sao Paulo, that begins this weekend in Sao Paulo.
The country’s new culture has a long history, according to De Lima, who moved from Sao Paulo to Bahia when she was 16.
She worked at the Bahia salon before opening her own salon in 2009.
She now has two other Brazilian-owned massage studios and is in the process of expanding them, she said.
She also said she will work with people in the city, and will be a member of Bahias community.
Bahia is one of the biggest cities in Brazil and a center of Brazilian culture.
De Lima has not said how she will pay for her new business.
She also said that she does not have any plans to expand in Bahia.
Bahia is a small, impoverished area that lies a few miles west of Rio de Janeiro, and it has a relatively low poverty rate.
There are about 4,000 residents.
Brazil’s top economic growth indicator, the “Bread and Circuses” index, in 2018, showed a rise in prosperity, and the country is ranked second in terms of social mobility.
Brazilian Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho said in a statement that Bahia will remain a hub for the country’s economy.
Brazil is also the world’s top producer of soybeans and the second-largest exporter of coffee, and Brazil’s economic growth was the highest in the world last year.
Brazil’s government has pledged $5 billion in economic development spending this year to help offset the loss of jobs and investment in the Amazon and other Brazilian cities.