Ashley’s Massage Journey

     As I reflect back on these past 2 years, I am amazed, yet proud of where my business has come from, and excited for where it is going.  I thought it would be a good fit for my first official blog post to tell you a little about my journey that has led me here today as well as let you all know me a little better.

     Starting from where everything began, massage was something that I had thought about going into while still in high school, but I didn’t think it would be a good fit for me so I didn’t pursue it.  Life sure has a funny way of leading you down paths that will lead you right where you need to be though…

     Fast forwarding a bit, I became a licensed MN Cosmetologist in 2008.  I worked in a couple of salons and truly enjoyed it.  My clients were amazing and being able to help others feel beautiful is a feeling that is hard to describe, and one that I will never forget.  A short time into that career, I felt that something else was missing: it was massage; exactly what I didn’t think I would do all those years ago.  And while in the middle of my massage training, I had formed a dream of opening a day spa so I could incorporate both hair & massage, because I came to love doing both.

Then, as I was in my last quarter of training, via my externship, I was given the opportunity to open my own massage business.  Even though it wasn’t the spa I was dreaming of, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity because it was a starting point, a stepping stone if you will, to move forward with that dream.  I graduated, became a licensed ND Massage Therapist, and officially opened Breit Touch Massage & Bodywork on October 17th, 2011 (2 years ago today).  As the first year went by, I became more passionate about massage, but still enjoyed doing hair… and still dreamed of the spa.

These past 6 months or so though, my passion for massage overtook that of doing hair.  Thanks to some subtle nudges from life (both good and not so good), my dream completely changed from wanting a day spa to wanting to expand Breit Touch into a medical massage style clinic. These nudges ranged from the different clients I have helped through massage to experiencing a shoulder strain from doing hair (which led me to end that career) & many others in between.   Because of these nudges (and me finally listening to them), I realized that I had found my calling in life: Being a healer.  To explain: Being a massage therapist, to me, is to be somewhat of a healer… not in the sense of a medical doctor, chiropractor, or the like… but in the sense of helping others find relief from their pain and helping their bodies begin or continue their own healing process.  Having that kind of impact on someone’s life has been more of an indescribable experience than doing hair ever was.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed my time as a stylist & don’t regret it one bit: It helped to shape me & my business into whom & what we are today.  I am grateful every day that I have found my calling, as it has given me a peace in life that I never thought I would find.

~Ashley~

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