It's been a while since I wrote a blog post. I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer!
Whether you're a first time visitor to the site or a patient of mine, I want to say thank you. Each person who stops in or joins me in my journey is has my gratitude. It is now August 2017 and I started the practice in March 2016. Some people know the story of how I got started. I didn't start from the best place. I wasn't "ready", but it was the necessary next step and couldn't wait any longer. When I took the leap, I was not sure I would make it or what would happen. I had no prior skills in marketing or running a business. I started with no capital-- just a few packages bought up front. And everything I learned, I learned on the fly.
You may be thinking the same thing I thought-- you just go to work and massage people, right? How hard can it be?
I've largely done all of this on my own, which has challenged me to learn so many new skills. As many of you may know, I'm an INFP, the "I" being for introvert. In massage school, on the critique forms from the people we worked on for a low price in clinic, they would often check off "timid" for me. It bothered me because I knew it was true. But they would also rate the massage very highly.
In a way it's funny because I've been working with people since I was 15. I started working in a pizza place in high school, moved on to an ice cream shop for a few years, then a restaurant, few more restaurants after that (two of which were on Boylston St. -- Towne & Forum), got a real estate license, then started my career as a massage therapist. But really putting myself out there, being aggressive, approaching strangers, and ultimately having the confidence to not worry about rejection has been a challenge.
The truth is... nobody has to like you, nobody has to agree with you, support you, care about you, say yes to you, etc. Nobody who has achieved their goals or followed their dreams has made it without rejection. Rejection doesn't defines us unless we let it. Neither are we defined by others' affirmation. It is our own affirmation of ourselves and our own intuition that guides us.
"Colors blind the eye.
Sounds deafen the ear.
Flavors numb the taste.
Thoughts weaken the mind.
Desires wither the heart.
The Master observes the world
but trusts his inner vision.
He allows things to come and go.
His heart is open as the sky"
--Tao Te Ching (12)
So now I leap. I am partnering with lots of local businesses, meeting strangers, and reaching out across the city. Yesterday, a patient said that the massage felt like "one long caring hug". I don't see a lot of people who are willing to be vulnerable enough to say something like that, but I'm glad he did. I have always aimed to make my patients feel safe and cared for and I want to spread the long caring hug (that also happens to reduce pain and increase range of motion) to as many people in the city as possible.
With all that said, on Saturday August 12th 12-6PM, I will have a tent set up at Boston Greenfest over in City Hall plaza. Boston Greenfest is a multicultural arts and music festival based around sustainability and eco friendly practices. I will be offering 10 min complementary sessions and hopefully meeting lots of interesting people. Check it out, share it on Facebook, and stop by if you feel like it. Send/introduce your friends and learn about ways we can work towards a more sustainable future!
PS. Some new intro packages have been added, so head on over to the "New Patients" tab to check those out.