We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeanette Laskey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jeanette, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
I certainly can speak to whether I believe in keep going or to give up in the 22 years as a massage therapist. In this business burn out happens within the first five years. Ive kept going! The massage work that I do today is not the same or in the same place as it was in the past but I continue to do what I love. I can remember one particular time when I had a toddler and pregnant with my second. I was worn out and had a unique task for my business that led to loosing some money. It was a hard hit to my business. But I did not give up. I chose to move locations and save on the rent to recover from the loss. In reality I was in too big of a space and was struggling to pay rent and utilities. The conflict created a resolution I didn’t expect. When you’re standing in the middle of the storm it’s difficult to see the way out. However, sometimes the change is just exactly what was needed and all the resistance was pointless.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Myofascial Therapy is about restoring balance, structural and emotional. I enjoy being the tool to help people become aware of a posture, habit, or holding pattern and working together to take the effort and tightness to change the disfunction. This work is not like the regular massage work it is about awareness, letting go, self forgiveness, and ease. Sometimes it’s beyond technique and all about quieting down and allowing the client to pay attention to the fear.
I’ve worked as a contractor for other massage therapists and chiropractors as well as employee at Spas and the like. But running my own business with friend and networking with like minded business is where I feel the best at what I do. I’ve learned as a 19 year old starting a massage practice, it was important to grow not only in the type of work that I offered but also to experience in the various atmospheres and employment situations. It was not easy finding my way. I had to re-write some old thought patterns of failure and turn them into successful learning situations.
Myofacial Therapy is different, it is not for everyone but it is for every living body. I can offer you unique ways to look into tightness and disfunction.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I live in the Gwinette area, I would recommend visiting Gainesville Botanical Gardens, plan dinner at Noona in downtown Duluth and see some live music at Eddie Owens Presents. The next day I’d spend some time at JeJu Spa and have a nice yoga or pilates session at Endeavor Yoga + Pilates.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to recognize my friend Maury Stephan for her support. She too, is a myofascial therapist and we met in 2012 at the first class. We had kept in touch a little after meeting but it was in 2015 when we decided to open a place of our own. She and I have shared all our fears and fantasies of a business but keep in the reality of what it is today. Without her support I may have not found the encouragement to start another business and committed to rent, utilities, city licensing, marketing and all the energy it takes to running your own business.