Each month we feature someone from the True Health and Fitness team on this blog. This month we interviewed Wendy M. Wiesen-Chapman, LMT, Owner of Greensburg Massage Center located in True Health and Fitness.
Tell us about your background, what led you to massage therapy:
My first career, I followed in my dad’s footsteps, helping people to insure their cars, homes, and lives in the event of a loss. After I lost my dad, I did some soul searching and decided it was time to change my path. I decided it was time to serve people instead by helping to relieve their physical pain, as well as assisting in reducing their stress. I believe in massage therapy as a viable modality for enhancing one’s overall health and well-being.
I have found my place in the world. I am so lucky to be surrounded by caring, talented practitioners, a healing space, and amazing clients.
How would you describe your style of massage therapy?
I believe in the body’s ability to heal itself and I use my skills to assist the body in this process. Through listening to the body and thoughtful communication, I have a collaborative approach with my clients for reaching their wellness goals.
I understand that every person has unique challenges, and preferences, and I focus on listening to the needs of each individual. Massages can consist of a combination of modalities: Swedish, neuromuscular, craniosacral, cupping, myofascial release, deep tissue, just to name a few.
What do you recommend to your clients for the day of a massage?
Design a self-care plan around their individual goals. I demonstrate stretching in order to help loosen muscles and reduce discomfort. It is also recommended to take a warm Epsom salt bath to continue the relaxation. After a massage, it’s best to relax the remainder of the day or evening and get a good night’s sleep.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
Helping my clients to facilitate healing and well-being. It means the most to me when a person walks out of my office feeling less pain and stress than when they arrived. Massage makes me stop thinking about the past and the future, I think only of NOW, and do my best to help my client focus on right NOW.
What do you do for your own self care?
Self-massage is an essential part of any wellness plan; as well as massage, acupuncture, chiropractic care, and physical therapy. I work to stay grounded, before and after my sessions. When working with a client, my body mechanics are an important component. Being a massage therapist requires you to advise your clients about wellness from a place of experience. Stretching and using foam rollers and lacrosse balls and my craniosacral are also an important part of my self-care routine.
Taking care of yourself also means to eat well and manage stress. Be sure to rest, relax, and get enough sleep. Don’t forget the importance of laughter, being mindful in the present moment, spending time in nature, and with those you love.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love being at the beach, in the woods hiking, and spending time with my family and friends. I really enjoy the exercise and I also love being surrounded by nature.
I also enjoy reading in my free time. My absolute favorite thing to do is travel and couple it with reading; on the plane, on the beach, or to just read about the cool intricacies of the place I’m visiting.
Thank you Wendy for this wonderful interview.
Everyone at True Health and Fitness is grateful for your compassionate care, camaraderie, charisma, and professionalism.