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NICKI Iskander

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tell me a little about yourself and your business.

I'm a Registered Massage Therapist with a women-only massage studio in my Parkdale century home. I provide a body-positive, trans-friendly space where women can relax and ignore the outside world. As a bonus, I play Otis Redding instead of spa music!

wHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR OWN BUSINESS?

I got tired of working for The Man (and working for men!). Massage therapy is a very intimate profession. My clients place a lot of trust in me and I don't take that responsibility lightly. I saw a need for a safe space for women and decided to create it myself.

what was one High Point for you?

I once had a woman cry after her massage because it was the first time in a week that she wasn't in pain.

was there ever a situation where you wanted to give up? and how did you overcome that (your A-HA Moment)?:

Honestly, no. I love my job and, to toot my own horn, I'm good at what I do. There have been tough moments for sure, but I've never considered quitting.

what do you love about being a B.A.B.E.?

I love that B.A.B.E. is a community of women supporting women. Girl power!

tell me 3 fun facts about you.

  1. I have two cats named Dave Grohl and Marla Singer.

  2. I've received massages in 10 countries.

  3. I have webbed toes!

what’s one piece of Advice you can give us?

Before you start a business, make sure there's a market for what you're looking to sell. Then differentiate yourself from the pack by being the badass that you are.


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