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Meet Rose Mathews of Kur Village Massage

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rose Mathews.

Rose, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My journey with massage therapy began in childhood after suffering a traumatic lower back injury. I received my first professional therapeutic massage at the age of twelve.

That experience was incredibly inspiring for me. The tranquil setting, music, oils and pain relief left me feeling emotionally and physically supported and transformed. That first session made me want to pursue massage as a career when I was older.

As many do, I spent my late teens and early twenties finding myself. I’m the youngest of seven children. My parents are “old school” and believed a bird learns to fly by being pushed out of the nest. Thankfully they instilled and passed on a strong work ethic. I started working at the age of fourteen. By the age of 19, I was living on my own. I was financially independent, taking college classes and working full time.

After two semesters living in my hometown, studying at Cape Cod Community College and working, I decided to get married and move to Germany. I arrived in Germany in the winter of 2001. Soon after arriving I was able to find an admin job at the University of Maryland’s Mannheim Campus and continue my studies. The terrorist attacks on 9-11 changed the military experience. I was on my own a lot so I found ways to keep myself busy. When I wasn’t working or traveling I enjoyed cooking healthy, elaborate meals and gardening at home. I also studied darkroom photography.

While abroad I was fortunate to visit various spa villages focused on wellness, healing, and rejuvenation. The trip that stands out the most was a stay at Edelweiss in Garmisch-Partenkirchen at the foot of the Zugspitze mountain peaks. After an unsuccessful and terrifying ski run, I chose to spend the rest of my vacation strolling the local village and receiving bodywork. Again, I knew I wanted to be a massage therapist, it was just a matter of time.

We returned to the states in 2005. Soon after, my husband was on his way to Iraq and I was pregnant with my first child. At that point, though I’d been discouraged by those around me, I decided to finally enroll in a massage program at the Salter School in Fall River. From the first day, I knew it was what I was meant to do. I remember feeling a deep sense of satisfaction knowing I was finally on the right career path. I excelled at the top of my class at the Salter School, we created a business plan as part of the curriculum, and I knew my ultimate goal was to open my own business.

After graduation, I entered the industry as an employee at a small inn and spa on Cape Cod. Just a few months after starting there I was offered the opportunity to work as the lead therapist/spa coordinator. I learned a lot in my first position and it prepared me for my next step.

I opened Kur Village in 2009 with a dollar and a dream. Kur Village was located in Wareham Mass. for eight years. In 2016 I was able to move my business to Plymouth Massachusetts. I’m often asked why I named my business Kur Village. Kur is a German word meaning – treatment, cure, medical care, prescribed treatment for an illness, therapy.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
One of my favorite quotes is “A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.” If there is one quote that describes my twenties this is it. No, it was not a smooth road at all. Soon after I received my massage license, I went through a divorce and became a single mom. The next seven years would test my strength and will to succeed.

Thankfully I was able to fall back on my strong work ethic. In order to make ends meet as a single mom/new business owner all during the 2007 recession, I simultaneously started a freelance photography business. With the two businesses, I was able to make ends meet for myself and my young son. We lived on our own with 90% of our financial well-being on my shoulders.

Though I had little to no financial help or support during that time I was blessed with a network of family members who lovingly cared for my son so I could work seven days a week to build our future. By 2009 I opened Kur Village inside a small tanning salon in my hometown. The room was the size of a closet and had no windows. At that point, I knew I had to perfect my craft and give my clients the best experience possible.

Recession and all, I built a large clientele on a word of mouth referral basis. And four years later I was able to move to a nicer space in a full-service salon and spa. In 2013 I met my Fiancé Matthew. He and his family have been incredibly supportive of my career and he’s also a loving, active father in my son’s life. I decided to move my family to Plymouth in 2014 and followed with my business in 2016. It was a leap of faith knowing that many of my clients wouldn’t be able to make the 30-50 mile commute to see me.

Kur Village is now more than I ever dreamed of. It’s a three-room modern, boutique style, massage studio with views of the ocean. I have the room to continue to grow into the bodyworker and entrepreneur I’ve always dreamed of being. My story is definitely layered with adversity but I believe that with prayer, passion and persistence anything is possible.

Kur Village Massage LLC – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Kur Village is located at Harborview Place, a professional office building on Water Street in downtown Plymouth. Our location definitely helps us stand out in the crowd of local massage establishments. We offer naturally lit treatment rooms with sweeping water views. Plymouth Harbor is a stone’s throw from both treatment rooms.

Whether there’s a snowstorm, a rainbow or wildlife running around outside, the natural backdrop sets the tone for our healing work. When customers enter the space, they experience immediate relaxation. We offer Doterra essential oils and diffuse, uplifting and toxin free scents daily. The décor is modern, minimal, neat and clean.

I currently have one therapist working with me; she’s been with me for a year. She started right out of school and is evolving into a strong bodyworker. Unfortunately, she’s moving out of state at the end of September. We’re hoping to fill this massage therapy position as soon as possible. Though I’ve enjoyed mentoring new graduates over the last year, I’d like to work with someone who has at least four years of experience and a clientele to bring to the table.

At the studio, we focus on offering problem-solving massage therapy, pain management, and spa relaxation all in one. Each therapeutic massage is tailored to our client’s needs. I personally specialize in manual trigger point therapy and pain relief, following the teachings of Travell and Simons. I currently have close to 1,000 hours of bodywork education. I’ve worked on approximately 12-20 clients every week for the past 12 years. I consider myself a master of my craft. My work is intuitive, creative and highly effective.

Though I do feel there’s always more to learn. For that reason, in August of 2018, I began studying myofascial release with John F. Barnes. After a three-day seminar, I was able to return to work and offer my clients a new approach to pain relief. I look forward to studying with John for years to come. Massage Therapy is my life’s work.

My family and I live a wellness-centered healthy lifestyle. My personal life falls in line with my career path and is reflected in the quality of my work. I strive to be centered, grounded and live a positive life. My referral-based clientele are hardworking corporate professionals, business owners/entrepreneurs, and retirees. They rely on massage as part of their wellness routine and see it as a tool to help maintain their overall health and wellness.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
First of all, success is setting the daily intention to make a positive impact on the people in your community. Helping others achieve their goals and happiness leads to a fulfilled life.

Understand that one must continuously evolve and change in order to remain successful. As a business owner you may reach the marker once but then you must recreate yourself over and over to remain relevant. Success requires us to continuously show up and level up for the next challenge.

Work ethic, continuing your education and always conducting yourself in a professional manner regardless of what life is throwing at you is critical – keeping your personal life balance in order to provide your clients with the best products and service.

“You don’t have a right to the cards you believe you should have been dealt with. You have an obligation to play the hell out of the ones you’re holding…” -Cheryl Strayed

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
First of all, success is setting the daily intention to make a positive impact on the people in your community. Helping others achieve their goals and happiness leads to a fulfilled life.

Understand that one must continuously evolve and change in order to remain successful. As a business owner you may reach the marker once but then you must recreate yourself over and over to remain relevant. Success requires us to continuously show up and level up for the next challenge.

Work ethic, continuing your education and always conducting yourself in a professional manner regardless of what life is throwing at you is critical – keeping your personal life balance in order to provide your clients with the best products and service.

“You don’t have a right to the cards you believe you should have been dealt with. You have an obligation to play the hell out of the ones you’re holding…” -Cheryl Strayed

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2 Comments

  1. Gail Pizzigati

    September 12, 2018 at 12:48 am

    I am so happy for you. I really hope that sometime in the future when I am able to travel that I can meet you at your spot and get a full day of treatments. I would also like to have some professional pictures done. I miss all of you and it’s hard for me imagining never getting the wonderful massages that Rebeka and I got so used to.

  2. Jeanette

    September 14, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    Rose is so awesome and a very professional hard worker. She use to do chair massage for the company I work for. She is truly missed . I would recommend her to anyone for chair massage. She has great hands and she is a good friend. Great article on this marvelous woman.

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