What excites you about your chosen career? Do you have any concerns about working in this industry?
What excites me most about this career is that I can help people make a positive change in their lives whether that be from helping them recover from a car accident or helping them relax after a stressful time. Seeing the positive results is always rewarding.
The main concern I have is the affects it can have on my body which can determine the longevity of my career. However, if I maintain good body mechanics and take care of myself in and outside of work then that concern will be irrelevant.
What do you do for yourself when life becomes overwhelming? How do you center/ground yourself?
I tend to get overwhelmed very easily and when I have a lot of things going on in my mind the first thing I do is make a list. There is something about writing things down that puts things in perspective for me and gives me a visual idea of tasks I need done or events going on in my life. I also think it is important to take time for myself which can be doing anything from making myself chocolate covered strawberries or going to the gym.
To ground/center myself, the one thing that can always give me peace is spending time with God. If I can just take a small amount of my day and spend it praying or growing my faith it rejuvenates me and gives me a peace of mind.
What are you jammin’ to these days?
My music tastes change as fast as the weather in Michigan. Right now, my top three would be the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, the Neighborhood, and Drake. It’s been a few days since I have answered this question and now I need to add Alvvays as another favorite. See, changing like the weather in Michigan. When I get a massage I love to swap out the spa type music with my own personal jams.
As the freshest massage therapist in our practice, tell us your perspective. What is it like to work with us, how do you feel about Dustin Palmer Bodywork & Massage being your first career decision as an LMT?
For somebody like me who does not like the feeling of the unknown, starting to work for DPBM almost right after graduating from my massage program was exciting but also nerve wrecking. Working with Dustin, Cassie, and Randy has not only helped me gain the confidence I need as a therapist but every one of them bring their own technique and skills to the table which has helped me grow in my own knowledge and technique as a therapist. I feel so blessed to have DPBM as my first career decision. Dustin’s business is the perfect place for me to grow, learn, and gain the most experience while working with a diverse group of clients such as: athletes, elderly, auto accident, veterans, etc.
What’s your favorite season of the year and why? What can you be found doing in your free time during it?
Fall, without a doubt, is my favorite season of the year. Oddly enough I don’t like pumpkin pie, but everything else about the fall is my favorite. I love to layer my clothes, have cider and doughnuts, the weather, the colors… everything! I love to be outside during the day whether it be reading a book or working out and at night I love a good campfire, not just for the smells but because s’mores are my weakness. Also during the fall it gets colder at night which is a great excuse to stay in, cuddle up, and watch movies.
What is your philosophical approach as an LMT?
My philosophical approach is that I am not here to miraculously heal people through massage but to facilitate healing, which means to help the body use its own natural processes get to where it should be.
We know you’re a movie buff…. What is it about film that makes you so happy and what is the most influential film you’ve seen?
I am a really emotional person and I am not afraid to admit that, so I love how a movie combined with the music can provoke real emotions out of me. Any movie that can make me cry is a winner, which isn’t that hard. Another thing I like about movies is the stories that they can tell and the moments they create.
There are so many influential films I have seen to pick one wouldn’t be fair to the others. However, the most recent one that made an impact on my adult life is a French film called The Intouchables - not to be confused with the mafia movie Untouchables. This film is based on a true story and if you can get past having to read the subtitles you’ll find art, music, friendship, values, and laughter throughout. This movie is honestly one of my favorites I could talk about it forever so I will stop now.
If you could move anywhere to study massage where would you go?
I have always thought Hawaii would be the best experience if I were to go and study massage there. I feel like they have a whole different perspective and bag of techniques that I have yet to learn about; plus it is so beautiful there so that is just an added bonus.
What do you do for self-care?
I would like to say I work out regularly and eat super healthy and all that jazz but being consistent with those two things is not always easy. I believe in practicing what I preach so regular massage is also something I try to fit into myself to keep up with self-maintenance. I want to be at my best as much as I can so that I can give my clients the best results and best experience.
What’s your favorite kind of music to work with during massage?
Anything that is calm and has a chill vibe so that I can get in the zone and concentrate on what I’m doing.
Tell us about an important turning point that changed your perspective or course in life.
The most important turning point in my life so far happened in February of this year. My six and a half year relationship ended, not for any mistakes that were made or unhealthy personalities but just the simple fact that I finally came to the realization that I changed as a person from when I was 15 to now. I realized I had become so comfortable with my relationship I was not allowing myself the freedom to grow and challenge myself as I should be. Once this major chapter of my life closed another one opened and this new chapter that I am in is unpredictable, challenging, and full of the unknown, everything that scares me but it’s necessary to grow and that is my new perspective on life. “Comfort is the enemy of progress.”
You’re going to be stranded on a desert island. What are the three movies you bring?
West Side Story – for when I feel like working on my singing and dancing
To Kill a Mockingbird – because I can learn a lot from Atticus Finch
The Holiday – out of all the movies I have seen this has my favorite score and it’s a romantic comedy I can watch a million times and still fall in love with it every time.
What is one thing you think people should know about the importance of massage?
That it should not be looked at as a luxury but as a self-maintenance tool because massage can affect every system in our body. Since everything in our body in all connected, producing change in one area can affect other areas just like the ripple effect.