Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Monica Kenyon, CEO of UNWIND Mobile Massage & Spa, located in Los Angeles, CA, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
UNWIND Mobile Massage & Spa is an out-call spa service committed to helping people feel good. We create luxury spa parties, corporate wellness events, and private sessions focused on physical & spiritual balance. Our spa specialists provide services that will have you, your guests, friends, loved ones, or colleagues feeling better than anyone knew possible. Our goal is to help people feel their very best. We believe that receiving regular bodywork in a safe & nurturing environment enhances one's ability to heal in body, mind, and soul.
When it comes to relaxation, we take it one step further by bringing our services to you. We create each service so that it's in alignment with your specific needs - whether it be a spa party in your home, a mobile manicure party at your office, an individual in-home massage service, chair massage services at a convention center, or a corporate wellness program at your office with massage, guided meditation, yoga, henna art, and tarot readings. Self-care is important to us, so you say when & we'll be there.
Unwind Mobile Massage & Spa services many communities throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area, including (but not limited to) Beverly Hills, Culver City, Burbank, Studio City, Glendale, Hollywood, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Marina Del Rey, Pacific Palisades, Playa Del Rey & Venice Beach so please contact us to see if your location is within our service area.
Tell us about yourself
I initially found my calling when at the age of ten, I experienced the gift of helping family and friends through massage and the healing that comes with a human touch. However, this gift wasn't explored until years later while working as an Assistant Director on film sets in Los Angeles. It was then that I realized my true passion in life is helping others through bodywork. I came to this realization because I found myself giving neck and shoulder massages to fellow crew members (while waiting on lighting set-ups), and it seemed fulfilling.
After ten years as an Assistant Director working on feature films, commercials, and music videos, I began taking classes at the Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing (IPSB) in Culver City, where I completed over one thousand hours of education. My plan was to complete school, become a licensed massage therapist and start a mobile massage business that catered to film and television productions.
In 2003 I founded Unwind Mobile Massage & Spa and expanded services beyond massage to promote healing on a larger scale and to a larger audience. To me, healing happens with facials, yoga, mani/pedis, guided meditation, joyous dance, psychic reading, or even henna art, and these are exactly the services that UNWIND provides.
Today, my goal is to help people feel good by pairing them with the proper spa specialist who will help them cultivate physical & spiritual balance through individual & group sessions.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
One of my biggest accomplishments as a business owner is being able to balance work, parenting, marriage, friends, family, and self-care. A close second is actually keeping a mobile spa business alive during a global pandemic.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Being a business owner comes with its own set of challenges. One of the most difficult things is learning to find balance in life. I am a business owner, mother, spouse, friend, and productive member of my community.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
To anyone looking to start, run or grow a business, I would give 3 tips:
- Do what makes you happy.
- Listen to your inner knowing.
- Only you know what is right for you to do in this life.
Where can people find you and your business?
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