Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Betsy Webb, founder of Betsy Webb: Massage Therapy, MLD & MFR, located in Halifax, NS, Canada.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

I am a massage therapist doing deep tissue massage, including trigger point therapy, manual lymphatic drainage (MLD), myofascial release (MFR), Hanna somatics, and low-level laser therapy. I see clients as young as four weeks to 90s. I tailor my treatment to my client - gentle or deep, direct or indirect. I see clients with pain, swelling, or tension from their job or personal issues. For people who have recent injuries - MLD and Laser work best. Any of the above may be suitable for those who have chronic issues. I also give clients gentle encouragement to exercise and breath.

Tell us about yourself

I went into massage therapy when I had to quit my schooling due to multiple chemical sensitivities. So I knew it was time for me to go into health care. That was 25 years ago. Best decision ever. I love learning about how people work - their bodies and minds are all connected. I started doing MFR early on, MLD 15 years ago, Hanna somatics 5 years ago, and low-level laser therapy (photobiomodulation) last year.

I love helping people understand that they can feel better and that the pain they are experiencing is not from aging. It is from living. They are people with amazing brains who can now learn new ways of taking care of their bodies/themselves.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

The fact that I am still practicing massage therapy after more than 22 years and still love it is my biggest accomplishment.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

Learning to set boundaries - I have to make sure that I take care of myself, too.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Start slowly - in massage therapy, many people start out seeing too many clients and injure themselves. Other clients of mine have gotten hurt as their businesses grew too quickly - repetitive strain, too much stress.
  2. Take care of yourself - be as gentle with yourself as you would be with someone else you care about.
  3. Set boundaries - don't work all of the time, and don't put up with nonsense from others. (These tips overlap!)

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

I am currently not taking new clients.

Where can people find you and your business?


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