AWESOME MASSAGE ARTICLE
I was asked the following questions and I'd like to share them with you!
Ashley... what made you decide to become a massage therapist?
It is interesting and funny – I trained to be certified in reflexology first because I wanted to study something in alternative health, and although I was interested in massage therapy, I thought it was “weird” that people that were naked under the sheets. I enjoyed the reflexology program and the school I attended, and I decided to think about the massage program they offered. During a “what am I going to do with my life” moment at Horsetooth Reservoir outside of Fort Collins, Colorado, I said what the heck, I’ll give it a try, and 12 blessed years later I am still providing massage with a thriving practice in Denver.
What advice would you offer to a recent massage graduate?
I would advise new graduates to keep studying until they develop a niche. There are tons of massage therapists out there, but when you offer something unique and specialized, you will stand out from the crowd! Also, give yourself time to develop and practice your craft. It is going to take awhile to learn through experience. I found I learned the most outside of classrooms, working with individual clients and their needs. Finally, follow your heart or your intuition when making decisions! My intuition has been my strongest tool in creating a successful massage therapy practice.
Looking back, what would you have done differently starting out as a massage therapist?
I would have been kinder and less hard on myself. I would have realized that I was new and not put so much pressure on myself to “fix” others or be “perfect” in the massages I provided.
For me my business "took off" once I received my advanced training as a Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Therapist from the Healing Arts Institute in Fort Collins. The massage therapy skills I learned in the program helped me stand out with clients by providing results.
What keeps your clients coming back?
That is a great question! I think it is a combination of things. The most common thing I hear is “I have never had a massage like this.” So it goes back to the execution of the education I received to provide clients with results. The most important thing, though, is to LISTEN! Then you can tailor the massage to meet the individual’s needs, and if you do that, clients will return.
Lotus Heart Inc. is owned by Ashley Greninger. Ashley Greninger is a health care specialist with over 12 years of experience working with the human body. Her advanced training in Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Massage Therapy, the Egoscue Method Posture Alignment Therapy, and Ergonomic Consulting provide her with the knowledge to assist you with any muscular skeletal imbalances and the tools for you to heal your body. Her credentials include and are not limited to Certified Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Therapist, Certified Posture Alignment Specialist, and Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist. She obtained her training in Colorado and California.
Ashley’s core belief is that your job should make you “feel good.” She is constantly motivated in her own health and wellness journey in life by “looking for what is right rather than focusing on what is wrong.” Her professional passion is assisting others in self-care and healing using body-centered therapies to balance and excel. Ashley is originally from Pennsylvania and has lived in Colorado for over ten years. For fun, she loves to dance, see live music, be spontaneous, and is a “foodie.”