I love traveling. I have been to 22 different countries and 43 of the 50 states in the US. I lived in Australia for a year during my junior year in high school. I house-sat in both Fiji and Mexico for 2 months each. I've also backpacked through India for 3 months and Bali for 6 weeks.
My favorite type of cuisine is Indian food. Whether it is vegetable biriyani or a creamy korma curry dish, I love how all the different flavors and spices blend and build on each other.
After living in India, for a total of 3 months, I know I could never get tired of Indian cuisine.
Violet is my favorite co-worker. It's great to work with such a fun and motivated person who is both a competent business partner and also a good friend.
I grew up in a family where both of my parents were helpers and healers-- my dad being a massage therapist and my mom being a marriage and family therapist, who also practiced massage. Having been exposed to and experiencing massage from a young age, I considered healing touch to be an integral part of day-to-day life.
As a teen, I originally wasn’t interested in following in my father’s footsteps, wanting to pursue other interests in my life and career. However, after structuring my career path to accumulate various useful tools to travel and be able to work wherever I went, I found myself being drawn back to pursuing massage therapy.
A few years after graduating college, my dad was discussing interest in retiring, but he wanted to pass on his knowledge and experience of massage, including some specific techniques he developed, to anyone who was interested in learning and sharing the information.
Knowing that I wanted to start pursuing massage in a larger way, but needing basic training in massage before I could learn more from my dad, I decided to attend a ten-day massage and yoga workshop in Bali, while I was traveling abroad. I loved the whole process and knew that was my new career path.
In September of 2017, I attended ‘A New Beginnings School of Massage’, in Austin, Texas, and got licensed with 550 hours of training by fall of 2018.
Once, I had a background in the basics of massage and human anatomy, I was able to take some additional courses from my dad to better learn his specific techniques.
While I spent over a year working in several spa settings, doing mostly relaxation massage, I really appreciated hearing repeat clients give me positive feedback about the deep tissue and therapeutic work I did with them. I find it much more rewarding to help a client overcome a chronic pain or physical limitation than to just provide a relaxing experience. Out of interest in doing more therapeutic massage, I began working at a chiropractic office, which I feel has been a wonderful learning and growth opportunity.
My interest in massage, paralleling my general sense of purpose in the world, is in helping the most people possible. One of the things I learned while going to massage school was that most massage therapists burn out in 3-5 years, due to how hard it can be on the practitioners’ bodies. As a massage therapist, I absolutely want to be of benefit to my clients, but I also want to help my fellow massage therapists, especially those who feel the negative effects of massage and may be prone to burning out along their career path. If I can teach other massage therapists how to make their practice more sustainable and also benefit their clients with effective massage techniques, that is an ideal solution.
Toward the ultimate goal, helping the most people possible, I am endeavoring to improve and expand my massage practice to benefit my clients and also begin teaching classes and workshops for other massage practitioners. Given our shared interests and goals, I’m excited to be working in collaboration with Violet DeLuna and building our business together.