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.
I have two cats named Dave Grohl and Marla Singer.
I've received massages in 10 countries.
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.