Hi, my name is Lisa, welcome to my site. If you are here and reading this, then it’s likely that we have something in common, we both agree that – PAIN.SUCKS.PERIOD.
I am pleased to have this opportunity to share a little bit about myself with you. Since moving to Florida and becoming a licensed massage therapist in 2005, I have felt the pain of literally thousands of clients, and I have witnessed first-hand, the adverse effect even the slightest amount of pain can have on one’s well-being and quality of life. Whether it’s a bruised toe or bulging disk pain, pain hurts and distracts us from being able accomplish the things we want to do.
On the other hand, I have also experienced the ultimately gratifying feeling of helping someone overcome their pain, and get back to living their life free from pain.
During my career I have been blessed and honored to improve the lives of clients of all ages, ranging from parents who brought their athlete children in before/after a big event, to adults who brought their elderly parent to see me in hopes that I could provide relief from some sort of ailment. I pride myself on being an attentive listener, making sure to note any non-verbal cues that might indicate discomfort. I’ve been told by many clients that I am very intuitive and know exactly what needed to be done. One of the greatest things I enjoy most about being a massage therapist is that it allows me to be artistic in the sense that I customize my approach and strategy for each of my clients, this ensures that I meet all of their needs during our session.
I believe that my compassionate and healing nature comes from enduring the challenges of living life with three rare diseases; Vitiligo, a rare skin condition, Situs Inversus, the organs in the chest and abdomen are positioned in a mirror image from their normal positions, and Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD) a rare disease in which the primary cilia are absent, malformed or non-functioning, and being uniquely challenged by each one throughout my life.
It wasn’t discovered that my heart was on the opposite until I was six years old. I ended up in the hospital with pneumonia and a chest x-ray revealed it. It’s only been within this past decade that through research and technology, that they are beginning to thoroughly understand these diseases, and the detrimental effect they can have on one’s quality of life. In 2016, for the first time in my life I was able to see the non-functioning cilia in my sinuses and lungs, and truly understand why I have had so many lung infections and chronic congestion issues.
During my childhood, I would always seek out the underdog and try to find a way to help them realize their true worth. I suppose I became this way because I knew how devastating it felt to be bullied about things which I had no control over, like the white spots on my legs from Vitiligo.
I had a successful 15-year career at a financial institution in my home town of Syracuse, New York, but the events of 9-11 prompted me to seriously reevaluate my life. I had been struggling with chronic health issues that caused me to miss a lot of work and I just wasn’t experiencing the self-gratification I truly desired from a career.
Relocating to Florida and becoming a licensed massage therapist in 2005 was the best thing I could have done for myself. Being a massage therapist fulfilled my desire to help people realize their best potential by helping them reduce and eliminate their pain. Educating my clients on the ways that the body can heal itself and empowering them to take part in that process, selfishly helped me to be healthier and live a better life.
Unfortunately, this turned out to be a double-edged sword for me because in these times of uncertainty, so many people turned to me for relief from stress, pain, tension, anxiety, insomnia, chronic headaches etc., that I allowed it to drain me to the point of physical and mental exhaustion.
In August of 2015, I lost a dear friend and fellow massage therapist to a heart attack. She and I were the same age, and the news of her death shook me to my core. She was a classic example of doing too much for everyone else, and not taking care of herself. She always had a smile on her face and she had an unmistakable “woody woodpecker” laugh as I called it, and she was always ready with a compliment for you, needless to say, I miss her terribly.
For me, this fueled another hard look at my life, and asking myself the question “am I doing what I want to be doing, where I want to be doing it?” The answer, without hesitation, was “Hell No.” After 12 years of steady full-time massage therapy work, I realized I just couldn’t physically do this type of work at the volume I needed to do it at in order to pay the bills.
The reason I was able to sustain such a lengthy career as a massage therapist (many burnout within 5 years) is because I incorporated good self-care habits into my life, but above that, I believe that doing this type of work matched my inner desire and fulfilled my sense of purpose. Helping people feel better and enjoy a better quality of life is one of the most rewarding things human beings can share with one another.
Won’t you join me in my quest to spread awareness about taking an active role in winning the war against pain. Most of us have the power to self-heal by arming ourselves with the right tools – Relief Sleeve and habits to gain control over pain without potentially-addictive prescription drugs or other ineffective quick-fixes. Order yours now and start living your best life!