Birthing Waterbury Wellness Center
I’d like to start by saying how truly grateful I am to do this work, and to get the opportunity to do it with people like you. I feel so fortunate to have you as clients and for the friendships built over the years. Many of you have asked over the course of this year about my professional and personal endeavors, and I would so love to share that with you through this platform 🙂
As many of you know, I made a decision about a year ago to officially embark on a journey to become a teacher of my craft. I chose to pursue further education to build a solid teaching foundation and obtain credentials to teach professional massage therapy. With the support of my loving husband, I enrolled in a 10-month program at the acclaimed Body Therapy Institute in North Carolina. For bodyworkers, this is THE place! I arrived the first day of class believing I was going to learn about curriculum design, lesson planning, and teaching the multiple intelligences (which we did all of), but I was way off in thinking it’d end there!
This was a course that taught me how to be in the world and how to live in my body. For someone that has always been “highly functioning” with anxiety, getting out of my head and more into my body was like breathing after holding my air in for far too long. I learned to feel where I experience emotion in my body, and how to decipher that coding. I learned how to be present in the world in a wholly authentic and vulnerable way, and that it takes strength and courage to fully exist in this way. I learned about how important community is in my heart, after closing the door to it following a painful life experience.
Within the safe container of this class (my instructors and my incredibly courageous classmates) and the indescribable experience of being so held by these people, I re-grounded myself in the meaning of community and what I always believed it could be. I extended into connection with my classmates where it was safe at first. Then, I brought it home and began extending further into my personal relationships. When I felt comfortable and rooted enough, I extended fully with my clients and our welcoming Central Vermont community.
So what does all this mean?
This new profound experience of community and the feeling of urgency to act on it sprouted the seed of an idea. Not only have I had the dream to teach for many years, but I also had a strong desire to build a place that would bring like-minded people together to offer healing to our community. So, here I was pursuing this teaching certificate with plans to open up my own massage school, and I wanted to simultaneously start a wellness center?!?! With my feet firmly rooted into the earth, my aspiration reaching high above me, and my desire for building connection extending outward into the community, the framework for Waterbury Wellness Center was born. The vision for WWC is to build a team of practitioners who provide their healing from a place of authenticity, love, and unconditional positive regard. It is a true team in the sense that we support, respect, and value one another. From this healthy, supported environment, we can then optimize our reach into the community. A community within the walls of WWC allowing for a stronger capacity to serve the community around us.
Balance Massage Therapy, Balance Massage School, and Waterbury Wellness Center are all the means through which I have chosen to build and experience community. My family, my husband and my two beautiful little boys, are my heart. They are my nearest and dearest community. Community is my “why”. I serve from a place of love and heart. I mean it when I say, thank you for joining me on this journey.