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96 m a s s a g e & b o d y wo r k s e p te m b e r/o c to b e r 2 0 2 3 FACES OF BODYWORK Stormy Mesa Massage & Bodywork: Can you share the journey that brought you to where you are today? Stormy Mesa: Shortly after I graduated f rom CSHA, I experienced a traumatic loss that was the beginning of my healing journey. Through that experience, I discovered there is so much to healing that can come f rom massage—on a physical, spiritual, and emotional level—and most of it happens without even having to talk. For anyone who has experienced a trauma or loss, talking can be the most diffi cult thing to do. I have discovered that my hands can do more than my words ever could. Through this journey, I discovered my true passion—a natural ability to help others heal. M&B: As you work toward expanding your practice into a wellness center, what words of advice do you have for anyone entering the profession? SM: There will be challenging days, challenging clients, challenging moments. Don't get discouraged, because all the good moments in your career will trump that. And, over time, you will discover your own style and areas you excel at in massage. Your style is what makes you unique, and there will always be clients drawn to that. PHOTOGRAPHY BY BEARGUTIERREZ.COM ▲ Denver, Colorado ▲ Colorado School of Healing Arts (CSHA) graduate; master's degree in International Disaster Psychology, specializing in trauma ▲ Owner, Ocean Jasper Therapeutic Massage Read more about Stormy and her plans to open a wellness center at faces-bodywork-stormy-mesa.

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