Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelly Taylor.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My path to becoming a massage therapist is a long and winding one. Growing up, my dad had Type I (juvenile) diabetes and many of the complications associated with that. This experience gave me an interest in health care, but I didn’t feel nursing or becoming a doctor were the right fit for me.
Instead, I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations. During my college years, I came to realize that as much as I love politics, I’m not the right temperament to work in the political field. Being a quick learner, I easily entered the IT field (this was in 1998).
For the next 15 years, I worked in various capacities in IT – help desk to network administration. Along the way, I got married and had two great kids. Work/life balance became a greater need. I started researching various careers that I thought would interest me and landed on massage therapy.
After completing my therapeutic massage certification and becoming state-licensed, I spent the next three years working in a variety of clinical settings – chiropractic offices, a hospital, hospice care – in addition to building my own private practice.
In October of 2016, I was finally ready to rent my own office space (I had previously been sub-leasing from another therapist), allowing my private practice to grow. In May of 2017, I left my other jobs to focus my attention on growing my business. It’s been quite the path, but I’ve enjoyed the journey!
Has it been a smooth road?
Is running your own business ever a smooth road?
Of course, there were some bumps along the way. However, I feel my time spent in the corporate world helped prepare me for running my own business. In addition, I’ve been fortunate to have a couple of truly wonderful mentors along my journey. These women were willing to guide me, provide advice, and be there to bounce ideas off of. Invaluable!
My passion is massage therapy and helping others through massage therapy. It’s not being an accountant, or doing marketing. So, I guess my biggest struggle is one that many sole proprietors have – time management and deciding what makes sense to outsource and what tasks I’d rather keep control of. It’s an on-going process.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Kelly Taylor, LMT provides therapeutic massage with an emphasis on working with athletes.
Whether you’re a weekend warrior or competitive dancer, I enjoy decreasing chronic pain, increasing range of motion and providing relaxation to my clients.
I’m trained in a variety of massage techniques, but my favorite one is Cupping Therapy.
Using negative pressure, cups are applied to tight, restricted areas of the body. While static, the cups help to increase local circulation, lift and separate tissues, release tight fascia, and break up scar tissue. Cupping has a wide range as well – everything from light, lymphatic drainage to deep tissue massage. Cupping has been around for quite a while, but has recently been more in the public’s awareness – remember the circle marks on Michael Phelps during the Olympics? Cupping!
However, I feel it’s not the techniques I know that truly set me apart. If you ask my clients, they would tell you what makes me unique is my passion and my ability to listen to them. I take the time to find out what their specific areas of complaint are each session and how they felt after the previous session. Then, I make sure to address their areas of complaint. My clients tell me I have a knack for finding “those spots” that are bothering them.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I hope massage therapy continues to expand over the next 5-10 years. It’s a powerful preventative tool. I think we’ll continue to see more massage therapy franchises and chains.
- 60 Minute Signature Massage – $75
- 90 Minute Signature Massage – $110
- 60 Minute Bamboo Massage – $75
- Address: 5 E Washington St
Suite B, Oswego IL 60543
- Website: bwbykelly.com
- Phone: 815-751-0758
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: facebook.com/ktaylormassage