What I Do...

You might be wondering why there are only three offerings on my service list. I have a philosophy about what I do: it’s healthcare. It’s wellness. It is not retail, and an opportunity to upsell you on a seaweed butter foot massage or a lavender tea tree scalp massage. While I might add some lavender and tea tree to the diffuser if the occasion calls for it, there will not be an extra charge at the end of your session.

I’ve had migraines since I was 16. I’ve tried most of the medicines out there, and while they work (some better, some not so much), I still had them. Every day. Advil was my best friend and my American Express card – I did not leave home without it. In my early 20s, I found an amazing chiropractor. I went 8 solid years with no more than the occasional headache. I’d have a massage occasionally, mostly just because they felt good and it was a treat. Then the headaches came back with a vengeance, and off to the neurologist I went.

A change of meds, a change in some lifestyle stuff (food triggers were a big one for me, so I learned what to stay away from both regularly and during a migraine), and -holy cow!- regular massage. I figured out that a session every 3-4 weeks kept me loose enough that the tension headaches that were my nemesis were under control, and if they did pop up, much more manageable than before. I was a convert.

My life took a big detour in 2017. Divorce, never fun, was on the radar, and my mother became ill and passed away fairly quickly. I hadn’t truly enjoyed my professional career in a while – burnout, boredom, some combination of factors that all led up to I don’t want to go back – and I had to ask myself, what did I want to be when I grew up? Lots of soul searching, gnashing of teeth, and blank stares when no one was looking – or hopefully not looking. Then it hit me. Massage! I knew it made me feel better, and I wanted to be able to provide that experience to someone else. Back to school I went.

I’d never considered myself a science person, and to be honest, hadn’t thought much of the science behind massage when I was on a table. Now, having spent the last four years pretty much steeped in the hows and whys and what nows of massage, the science is fascinating, painfully slim, sketchy, and sometimes nonexistent. For every valid reason I can give you why something works, I can provide you with an old wives’ tale, an outright fabrication, and something plausible that borrows from science but isn’t actually science.

Don’t ask me to recite the names of all the muscles. I can’t tell you the names of all the bones in the body. But I spend time every day studying something to become better at what I do to help the people who come in to my studio find some ease, some additional flexibility, some relaxation. Education is a constant journey that I am happy to travel. Tomorrow will teach me something I didn’t know today so I can help someone next week. Next year will bring a couple of new certifications to my practice, and I cannot wait until I can officially start offering those services.

I truly love what I do. I’d love the chance to show you why.