We had the good fortune of connecting with DeVonae Wallace and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi DeVonae, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
When it comes to the massage and pain management industry, most people think that it’s just a luxury and not a necessity. Massage helps with so many different ailments. Those with cancer or severe depression benefit from bodywork. Massage also helps victims of trauma and athletes who suffer from CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy).
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Before getting into the health field, I was a chef. My goal was to open one of the finest restaurants in Los Angeles. But somewhere along the way, I fell in love with anatomy and physiology. I got my bachelors in kinesiology and I recently finished my masters in athletic training. Before all of that, I got my license to become massage therapist. I worked at spas, doctors offices and for myself. I worked long hours and did so much overtime, only to give my earnings to the company that I was working for at the time. What made me decide to step out on my own, was when my boss said that because of my hard work, she was able to take her family to Japan. It was in that moment I knew that working for someone else was not for me.
This journey has been a hard one. I’ve failed multiple times. I tried selling clothes. But no matter what I did, I would always go right back to bodywork.
During this journey, I’ve learned a lot about myself. I learned that I am capable of being a great business owner. I’ve learned that it’s okay to let someone help. But most importantly, I’ve learned that not everyone will support you.
Mellow Massage is unlike your regular massage place. We focus on pain management and the clients overall wellness. I hand picked each one of my therapist. They range from personal trainers to physical therapy assistants. Everyone has over 5 years experience and are very professional and knowledgeable, when it comes to anatomy and physiology. At Mellow Massage, we are minority owned and lgbtq+ friendly. I’ve created a safe space for those who feel like they have anywhere to go.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to give a shoutout to my mother. I watched her struggle at times and she never gave up. She inspired me to keep on pushing through, no matter what happens.