Unbeknownst to me in my formative years, I was always training to become a Massage Therapist. My oldest brother would request back massages, walking on his back or “karate chopping” his legs, while my mother who was a career Corrections Officer would ask for foot and scalp massage. Fast Forward to many years later I took the leap to pursue my education and training for Massage Therapy and Reiki Healing which prompted any early retirement from Corporate America. I absolutely love what I do for a living because it never feels like work. Healing, relaxation and providing therapeutic touch is an essential part of life. It is truly a rewarding feeling to be needed in the lives of others; as part of their wellness or self-care routine.
Why did you join The Still Point?
I joined TSP because I was looking for a spa that not only talked about complete whole wellness but is Since becoming a Massage Therapist and Energy healer, it has been challenging to fit into the right environment that offers an even balance of “work”, life, energetic connectedness and the comfort of a family. I recall about 6 years ago, I applied for a Front Desk Assistant position at Haven on the Lake (the other location that has since closed). I was still in a corporate position while completing my schooling at the Central Maryland School of Massage. I wanted to get my foot in the door so to speak; until I became licensed. I did not get that position but when I reapplied for the Takoma Park location as a Massage Therapist Lead, I realized the Universe had other plans once I met Tori. I began in December 2018 and have not looked back. I’ve been a part of other spas and worked and learned from wonderful people in the industry thus far but like my approach to massage treatments with me, providing an experience outweighs just a service. At TSP, we Practitioners have the capability to create and “run” our own business. I am grateful for the opportunities here!
What does self-care look like to you?
Self-care in my eyes is any activity that provides peace, comfort, energy, replenishment, entertainment, fitness, healing and restoration to mind, body and spirit. Self-care should also be a regimen of somewhat routine activities, services and experiences. My self-care includes but certainly is not limited to: Pilates, yoga, meditation, writing, journaling, reading, studying, running, spending time with family and friends, cooking, hosting meals, going on restorative retreats, massage, acupuncture, detoxification, fasting, nurturing, creating and most of all LOVING.
What do you do for fun?
I like so many different things to be entertained by. For fun, I enjoy a plethora of activities; dancing, mini-golf, concerts/plays/comedy shows, spending time with and being silly with my family. I love museums, roller skating, going to the gun-range and creating things. I am very interested in creating ceramics and glass blowing and becoming a wine enthusiast.
What’s something you are currently struggling with?
I am currently struggling with a healthy balance of self-care, rest and healing. With so much turmoil going on with politics, world events, dysfunction of the climate and many people struggling with PTSD, anxiety and depression, I am drawn and driven to be of service to others. I try to avoid depleting myself so reinventing what my own personal wholeness plan is, has become paramount to my homeostasis and overall wellness.