Massage therapy is the most rewarding occupation I’ve ever been blessed to do and and I’m in it with a passion! (I have over 15 years of experience, graduated from A New Beginning School of Massage, Austin, TX, May of 2001.) Before that, I was fortunate to be a stay at home mom with our son and was a full time volunteer with his schools. Prior to then I was in sales, marketing, and association management. My college degree (1980) is in Organizational Communication.
So, how did I get into massage!? Massage got into me!
In my high pressure occupations, massage was the only thing that addressed my tight neck and shoulders, relaxed me and re-centered me. As our son got older, I knew I would eventually need a life of my own, so I signed up for massage therapy classes for personal enrichment. I had no intention of becoming a therapist. Little did I know I would not only begin my practice, but would have a commercial location and rent space to other therapists! I had truly found what I wanted to be when I grew up. And now, I am happy to have an individual practice in a much more serene environment: your “seaside cottage” with your own personal massage suite. And in that place, it’s all about you!
The science and art of touch therapy is fascinating and enthralling to me. Massage reaches you from your skin all the way to the internal workings of your body systems. It touches you physically, emotionally and psychologically. Massage stimulates your body’s own relaxation response and enhances the body’s natural design to heal itself. Touch is the first sense to develop in the womb. Your skin is part of the ectoderm, the outermost of the three segments of a developing fetus. The ectoderm includes not only the skin, but the brain and nervous system. One author has said, “Touching the skin is almost like touching the outer layer of the brain.” That is why touch is so powerful and a big part of wellness!
My intent is to create an environment where you can receive healing touch, pain reduction, and serenity. Serenity is clear, calm, tranquil peace. I believe true serenity is a gift, not something for which you can strive. The name of my business is intentionally “Gift” of Serenity because all I do is bring you to a place where you can receive this gift. It’s not something I can give, but I believe it’s a gift from God. From there we can address your stress patterns, soften and lengthen your musculature, reorient your posture and center your inner self. You are my focus. Although pain and stress may bring you here the first time, it’s my intent that serenity, positive results, and our relationship brings you back.
I enjoy walking with my dog Jenny, listening to music, reading, camping, working out, practicing meditation, studying the Bible, and praying. I completed two marathons before having to give up running. I also have had a fair number of injuries, so I can relate to many pain issues you may have. Most recently I’ve taken up coloring book therapy! Finally, I enjoy learning more and more about touch therapy and new massage techniques. Oh, yes; I love a good massage!
Miss Jenny is a 9 year old Golden Retriever mix rescue. She was a gift to me and she’s been a gift to my clients. She is calm, quiet, laid back, friendly and is sure everyone who comes here does so to visit her. She greets you, opens the door to the massage suite, lets you pet her, then lays down to show you how to relax. All my clients love her and many say they feel their day shift from stressed to happy when her sweet smiling dog face looks up at them. However, if you are not a dog person, she is fine staying in her bedroom. Just let me know.
So, that’s who we are, and we’re looking forward to getting to know you!