Not All Massage Therapists are Created Equal
Denise’s health and wellness journey began over 10 years ago when her prayers included “to be healthy”. But what did that mean or look like? She wasn’t an athlete, she never enjoyed running or other cardio-type exercise. So how was she to become healthy? Little did she know, God had an amazing plan for her.
That plan began with extreme work-related stress, which resulted in poor comfort food choices. At the height of her stress in 2007, she was invited to a bible study. Reluctantly she began the study and within weeks, God began to lay out His plan for her gradual lifestyle change. This included retiring from the toxic stress-filled corporate career and following her hidden passion into massage therapy. Her health and wellness journey was underway.
In 2008, she attended and graduated from the Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy and quickly passed the national certification exam with National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB).
As she approached graduation, she focused her employment efforts on a chiropractic setting, primarily because of the powerful connection between the muscles and bones. Upon graduation, she began working in a busy four-doctor chiropractic office that incorporated nutrition and massage therapy into client treatment plans.
Her mentors in this setting introduced Denise to a slow but steady revision of the pantry and refrigerator, identifying food sensitivities, and incorporating supplements. As she made these lifestyle changes, her body began to feel better. Her muscles were not sore when she received massage and her chiropractic adjustments began to hold longer. Her body was functioning more optimally.
Denise began to share these insights with her clients, who then began to incorporate these changes into their own lifestyles. From this point forward, Denise realized that she was more than just a massage therapist. She was truly and positively impacting people’s lives.