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Friday, June 5, 2015

Bodywork Buddy Spotlight: Hillary Arrieta

Today's member spotlight is Hillary Arrieta. You may recognize her name as our frequent guest blogger here at Bodywork Buddy! Hillary owns Gaia Bodywork in Richardson, Texas.

Q: What inspired you to be a massage therapist?

A: Massage therapy came to me in at a time where I really needed some nurturing care myself. It was perfect timing, really. I was just out of high school, stressed, anxious, and searching for my "thing".
I got a job at the front desk of a spa and was introduced to massage. I loved the holistic approach and knew it would be a perfect fit.

Q: How long have you been doing massage? 

A: I am working in to my 11th year as a massage therapist.

Q: What is your favorite thing about being an MT?

A: My favorite thing about being a massage therapist is always learning new things to improve. Learning new techniques and also how to build my practice.
There's always more to know.

Q: What do you feel is the most challenging issue for massage therapists?

A: The most challenging issue in my opinion is getting in to private practice. 
It's a leap that I would encourage everyone to take but it's challenging because there is additional learning that needs to happen in order to be a success. 
You can be the best massage therapist technique wise, but if you don't learn to be a business person as well, things can be overwhelming.

Q: What advice would you give to other MT’s to help build their business?

A: I would advise therapists to invest in their business training just like they invested in their massage therapy training.
There are lots of good online programs as well as in person programs out there. Check out free resources for small businesses and read books on ethics. Find a mentor and be open to receiving help.

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