Today we’d like to introduce you to Casey Thompson.
Casey, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I grew up in Burlington Ma and moved to Boulder Colorado soon after high school to go to The Boulder College of Massage Therapy. I graduated in Dec 2007 with over 1200 credit hours and an associate’s degree (most massage therapy schools only offer certificates, not degrees.) I moved back to New England in 2013 and have been working as a massage therapist in Lexington ever since. After getting married and having two little girls I finally felt ready for the next step of owning my own business. I branched out and started my own private practice in January 2017.
Has it been a smooth road?
It has been smooth for the most part. The only bump in the road I have faced so far was the fact that my office space wasn’t actually ready for me to move in and set up right away on January 1st. I ended up sharing the space with my landlord for the first two months and had to set up my massage table in the office amongst all his things. I was very eager to set up my space by the time I got full reign of it! It was a good lesson in patience and also forced me to realize very clearly what is most important about my work. I don’t need “things” to help me do what I do, I just need my hands. A massage table is important too; it makes the whole experience much more comfortable!
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Anam Cara Therapeutic Massage is my private massage practice. I offer 30, 60, 90, and 120 minute sessions of therapeutic massage. I specialize in postural realignment, myofascial release, sciatic pain relief, migraine relief, relaxation, prenatal and post-partum massage.
When I chose my business name I wanted something that spoke to the deeper connection I have with this work and my clients. Anam Cara is Gaelic for “soul friend”. It is a Celtic philosophy about a relationship that is founded in openness and trust. This is a value that I hold in my own relationships and also with my clients.
I had a lot of fun designing my office space and I am definitely proud of the way it all came together. I refinished all the furniture (I even found one piece on the side of the road!) and my husband created most of the artwork. It was a true labor of love.
I believe what sets me apart is that my clients feel my awareness and tending to of their WHOLE self during our sessions. I approach each session as an opportunity to bring my clients’ whole self into balance. Massage is more than just pain relief, it’s a way to connect the mind, body and spirit. Physiologically, massage helps to alleviate pain and keeps muscle tissue healthy by increasing circulation, realigning muscle fibers, and re-lubricating connective tissues. On a neurological level massage increases relaxation and releases chemicals in your body such as endorphins, serotonin, and oxytocin. These increase your sense of well-being and decrease symptoms of anxiety and depression. Much like yoga, massage allows you to be present with your body. You can really check in with yourself and see where you’re holding tension and then allow yourself the time and space to release it. Massage also affects the energetic body. There is simply no way to work with somebody in that close of proximity without affecting each other’s energetic field. I respect that and value healthy boundaries and energetic flow. Massage also presents the opportunity to learn to receive and practice self-love in that way. Self-care is really important and not enough people practice it. We have this one body, this one vessel, to live this life to our fullest potential and it’s important to take good care of it. Healthy vessel, happy spirit!
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I think Lexington is a great place for massage therapists. There are a lot of athletes and generally health conscious people in the area that value what massage therapy has to offer.
- 30 minutes $55
- 60 minutes $100
- 90 minutes $145
- 120 minutes $190
- Address: 394 Lowell St
- Website: www.anamcaralmt.com
- Phone: 781-774-0019
- Email: email@example.com
- Yelp: Anam Cara Therapeutic Massage