Tispr Stories: Monique Gray is Healing People Through Touch

Every Friday we check in with a freelancer or small business person who is following their dreams and doing what they love. This week, we’re chatting with Monique Gray, a mobile massage therapist and integrative healer who truly loves what she does. She's also recently expanded her business by starting a cannabis brand, Canna Calm, featuring her own line of CBD Infused Topicals.

Here’s what Monique had to say about massage therapy, healing, and the importance of self-care.

Give us a quick sense of who you are as a person.

I am a mother (of 5 children), hip hop connoisseur, healer, teacher, sister.

What inspires you to do what you do?

I do what I do because I love what I do. I love touching people, and not just physically, I mean on a cellular level—internally—it’s my lifework. I am very successful at it. There's a saying that goes "Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love".  

How did you get into massage therapy and integrative healing?

I got into massage therapy because I had a child at the very young age of 15 and knew that I had to create a better life for myself and my child. I really wanted to be a OBGYN, but I didn't have the patience to go to medical school. After a lot of research I became fascinated with massage therapy. My theory is it was the closest thing to being a doctor, and here I am.

“I do what I do because I love what I do. I love touching people, and not just physically, I mean on a cellular level—internally—it’s my lifework.”

How do you provide a truly unique experience for your clients?

I use Palo Santo, Incense, Crystals, Aromatherapy, and special healing oils that I make catered to my clients’ condition. And of course my hands, which makes for a magical moment.

How do you feel when you’re working, doing what you love?

When I’m working I’m in the zone. I don't feel like it's work at all. I feel I'm a conduit from God so when I use my intuition mixed with my experience and God’s presence, I am a force to be reckoned with.

“Self-care is a radical act that needs to be enforced!! Everyone should practice radical self-care each month or every day.“

Give us a glimpse into what it’s like being in your line of work.

Being in my line of work isn't easy. It's knowing  all the muscles, bones, physiology, and how the body functions, with all it’s caveats and contradictions. As a massage therapist, you need to have a kind heart and ear...listening is key.

There’s a reason they use the word “therapist." A great massage therapist needs to be patient enough to listen to and understand what their client wants, and give them what they need as well. It’s also important to be able to detach from work in my field.

You’ve been a massage therapist for 20 years—that’s a long time! What have you learned from your experience so far?

I’ve learned that self-care is a radical act that needs to be enforced!! Everyone should practice radical self-care each month or every day. Seriously....because if not, you will die sooner rather than later. I know that sounds harsh, but in today’s society, we all need to take time out for self reflection.

There's a saying that goes "If you can't find 30 minutes to just sit and be still then you really need an hour.” Find time to be by yourself everyday.

To learn more about Monique,  her massage therapy, and her new cannabis brand, follow @cannacalmla on Instagram or visit her website.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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