It took many years before I went to school for it and got certified (2003). I’ve studied and explored many different techniques, including Swedish, sports, Esalen, Thai, lava shell and lomi lomi.
I had a successful mobile-massage business back in Canada, using chair and table massage at events such as golf tournaments, conventions, music festivals and sports competitions. Thirty massage therapists worked under me doing massage therapy.
Before I moved to Hawaii, I worked as a coordinator in a spa called Studio Bliss, where I got experienced in training massage therapists and business management. I am now self-employed and offer my services on Kaua’i as a mobile massage therapist. I have more than 10 years under my belt, and I am also a teacher.
I enjoy sharing my knowledge with the world: I have a couples massage workshop (perfect for honeymooners) and also guest-teach at the Pacific Awareness Center.
Where are you from originally, and what role does that play in your business? I was born and raised in Montreal. I love that city. But it is too cold for me in the wintertime. Every time I went on vacations, I aimed for tropical weather with beaches and ocean. Growing up in a melting pot such as Montreal taught me to be open and willing to seek new ways of life.
I’ve always been surrounded by a multicultural community – artful, colorful and with people from all over the world with whom to share good times. It fostered a curiosity for the world around me, starting by tasting different foods.
In 2007, I came to Hawaii and started learning about lomi lomi. Since then, everywhere I go, I learn about different types of massages.