My first rate was a dime a minute and my mom was my first client
True, I was doing it more so for the spare change and less so for the job satisfaction but giving my mom scalp massages as a kid was probably my first step toward this career.
I graduated from Simmons College with a degree in Psychology at what may have been the worst time to graduate in U.S. history - 2008. While trying to find my footing post-college I worked a few administrative type jobs and spent a stressful amount of time unemployed. I was bored, broke, and had no idea what I wanted to "do with my life."
Though I had always loved receiving massage, I honestly hadn't thought about it as a career option. One evening in the spring of 2011 I went to a massage appointment with a sore calf and left thinking, "wait a minute! This! I could do this!" I scoured the online bios of all the Massage Therapists at that office and realized that almost all had gone to Cortiva Institute in Watertown (which is sadly now closed). The fact that Cortiva was having their quarterly open house two days later was a neon arrow sign pointing the way. I attended the event and met Dianne Polseno who was then the president. She closed her remarks with, "sometimes you just have to jump in with both feet." So I did! I signed up for massage school that night.
What followed was a pretty grueling year. I was working full time while going to school Tuesday-Thursday nights and all day Saturdays. That left very little time for anything else. But I still look back on that year as one of my best. I learned a lot about myself as well as massage and met some of my favorite people in the world.
After becoming licensed I worked part time in a couple spas before leaving my "day job" and going full time at Healthworks Fitness Center in Brookline, MA. My husband Adam (who's been along for this whole ride) and I moved to the Merrimack Valley in 2016 and I set up shop at Serenity Massage in North Andover in January 2017.