Today we’d like to introduce you to.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
As a child I always knew I was a mixed media artist, being raised in an artist family and by Middle School thought studying Business would be a well-rounded approach to life and art. I got a vocational degree in High School in Entrepreneurship and Banking and was the President of my chapters marketing association implementing many fundraisers and charities through my school. I continued doing outreach media productions and events through and beyond College earning my Associates in TV Production and then bachelor’s Degree in Video and Media Production. For the next decade I did documentary and media outreach initiative work in several countries, remaining based out of Boston focusing on literacy outreach. I believe art has been a powerful tool throughout history to create unity and educate communities during hard times and let us not forget our history.
I still produce artwork and outreach events for fundraising but during my own hard economic times in 2009 I found I needed another trade to rely on if I didn’t want to work for corporate media giants and still be able to afford things like health care. I wanted to find a way where I could keep working for myself and help people. I had considered massage many times before, so I started my career in Massage Therapy by studying a unique and specialized two-year therapeutic massage program at a college in Colorado. Here I found a love for creating an environment to facilitate relief for others needing anything from a break to navigating the wide world of pain management. After having my own office and independently studying alongside many specialty massage therapists I became the clinical director of the graduate therapeutic massage clinic of my alma mortar assisting 60+ therapists become employed or start their own business upon graduation. A couple years later I moved back to my home town of Boston and looked for an office in the Jamaica Plain area to have a private office, Karen Ann Massage.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
My mother told me I ran before I walked. I had casts on my legs until I was two years old due to being born with a structural issue with my legs and feet. Mom said when I was two and they finally took the casts off, she took me home and after getting a piece of tape stuck on my finger I, for the first time, stood up and then ran across the house trying to shake the tape off my hand, after having never walked a step in my life. She said mentally, I was ready. Certainly, this is a case of mind over matter and I was extremely fortunate, unlike many, to have great doctors, physical therapists and an amazing, committed mother taking me to appointments throughout my first eight years of life and getting corrective shoes and braces for my legs. This is just one of many situations that has allowed me to grow to be patient and analytical with another individual struggle healing, as injuries later in life can take so much longer to heal, if not just to manage quality of life.
Chronic and acute pain can be overwhelming on many levels, so I tell folks “make your pain toolbox, put everything you do for your pain as a tool in the box.” Try anything and everything, twice, with different therapists and in different settings. Get a feel for not just how one person practices a modality but find the therapist and way that modality works best for you, so you can “take out which tool you need to get to feeling relief sooner than later the most effectively and affordably.”
Karen Ann Massage – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Karen Ann Massage specializes in both relaxation and orthopedic massage. Karen integrates modalities unique to everyone’s needs. She has trained closely with many specialty practitioners in massage modalities such as neuromuscular, trigger point, cranial, reiki, sports massage, orthopedic massage, chronic pain massage, prenatal massage, massage for amputations, hospice massage and many more. Karen holds additional certifications in cupping, massage for anxiety, massage during cancer treatment, arthritis and geriatric massage.
Besides her office in Jamaica Plain on South Street, Karen has a second private office in an independent living community providing geriatric massage and partners with local hospitals doing events, as well as her unique specialty of hospice or bed rest massage. Karen has had an integrative background, so she may recognize an approach to best suit your needs with massage or other modalities in complimentary medicine.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success shows itself in large and small ways. Personally, each day being able to ease pain for another individual is a success. Success is finding time for the simple things and enjoying them, often reflecting balanced time for self, family and friends- if only there were 36 hours in the day! Success is also avoiding putting others in harm’s way for one’s own achievements. All these things take great effort, and if you’re not feeling the effort, someone near you is putting in double!
Who else deserves credit – have you had mentors, supporters, cheerleaders, advocates, clients or teammates that have played a big role in your success or the success of the business? If so – who are they and what role did they plan / how did they help.
I’m so thankful for my amazingly supportive clients, friends and family, my Mom, Dad and husband Oliver, who have always stuck by through the hard times and the good and have encouraged me to be my best. As well as the talented Crystal Meyers L.Ac. for enlightening me as to how wonderful sharing an office space with someone can be- thank you for all your Zen and keep-it-togetherness, you keep me together too.
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- Address: 82 South Street Jamaica Plain MA 02130
- Website: KarenAnnMassage.com
- Email: KarenAnnMassage@gmail.com