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Meet Tara Curnin of Worcester County Massage in Northborough

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tara Curnin.

Tara, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Back in 1999, I was in a bad car accident. After going through physical therapy, which included weekly massage treatments, I decided that I wanted to help people the way that it had helped me. I had my first child at age 21 and after staying home for a few years decided it was time to go back to school. I went to school in Central MA for massage therapy and completed my degree in 2006. Right out of school I began practicing as an independent contractor within a chiropractic office in Worcester, MA. For years I continued to work massage part-time and secretarial part-time, partially due to the fear that venturing on my own was too risky. It wasn’t until 2016 that I decided to take the plunge and go into business for myself and divide my attention solely to my practice.

I am approaching 2 years here in Northborough and couldn’t be happier. I am able to learn more on the continuing education side of the business and grow my knowledge to further help my clients. Another added benefit has been being around more for my growing children. Sometimes I think that I should’ve done this years ago, but regardless I am very happy where things are at right now. I continuously am seeing new clients and am still taking new clients. I offer hot stone massage, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, silicone cupping, and am also certified in pediatric massage. Over the years I plan to continue to grow my knowledge base to be able to offer clients a variety of options in their treatment plans. I look forward to going to work every day and feel fortunate to be able to do what I do.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I would have to say the biggest challenge for me is the fear of failure. Having children to support makes that obstacle seem tremedously large. This is still a challenge. There are many massage therapists, spas, and corporate based clinics out there. To overcome this I strive to never be complacent. I plan to continue to work to improve my practice and show my clients I truly care. “If it scares and excites you at the same time, it might be a good thing to try.”

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I am a licensed massage therapist. I have worked with many athletes as well as people recovering from surgery or injury. I also offer on-site chair massage for businesses or events. I believe that regular massage therapy can help prevent injury as well as prevent acute onsets of pain. Massage can also help manage chronic pain for clients. I have volunteered at the Boston Marathon doing the pre- and post-race massage therapy with the BAA. I prefer my clients to get regular massage therapy for optimal outcomes with their health and well-being but also have my once a year clients as well. When clients come regularly it helps us determine together their pain patterns and develop a good plan of action in their massage treatments. I also practice what I preach and get regular massage therapy treatments myself. “You can’t pour from an empty cup.”

What were you like growing up?
Growing up I was very outgoing. Having 5 siblings and a big family was always an intricate part of my life. I always loved roller skating and into my adult years rollerblading. I used to work out with 2 of my brothers regularly which gave me a love for exercise and the gym. At 18 years old I started practicing yoga and now find that yoga is a good adjunct to massage therapy. As an adult, I like to take my children hiking and exploring the outdoors(especially with our 2 crazy dogs). We also love going to the beach. There is something so calming about the ocean.

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Mike Hendrickson

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