From new graduate to award-nominated small business owner in less than six months: it’s fair to say that Brenda Roy had a very good 2016. Brenda graduated from the MH Vicars Calgary campus last June, and opened her home-based clinic, Angelic Healing Hot Stone Massage in Brooks, Alberta. She specializes in therapeutic massage, hot stone, and lymphatic techniques. In October, she placed in the top 5 in three separate categories at the Brooks and District Chamber of Commerce Awards: Business of the Year (under 20 people), New Business of the Year, and the Business Professional Award.
Keep reading to learn what sets Brenda apart.
Why do you love what you do?
I love working with people and I feel that I have given myself gift by going back to school to get the training that I needed.
What sets you apart as a therapist?
I have been told that my approach to my practice is quite unique, in the fact that the client’s don’t feel rushed during the treatment. I feel that the because I am able to work an intuitive nature that the massage does not feel like routine for the client and targets their needs.
What challenges have you overcome in your career?
The biggest obstacle that I had to overcome is the fact that I had been battling depression for a number of years, as well as the fact that I entered the program at the age of 54. I went back to school knowing full well that if it I didn’t take the ‘bull by the horns’ so to speak, and push my way through, that my future would lie in the hands of someone else, doing a job I did not like and could not feel productive at. The course at MH Vicars was one of the highlights of my life and it forced me back to the person that I remembered when I was younger.
What advice do you have for someone considering a career in massage?
Find your heart in your business, and enjoy what you learn in school as well as in your business, as you will learn way more from your clients than will every learn in school. Take the time to enjoy life as you are trying to find your footing in the massage therapy world and don’t be afraid to learn something new.
To learn more about Brenda and to book an appointment, check out her business Facebook page.
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