I met Bailey a few years ago when we were both working for Bella Baby. Bailey went a different direction from photography and pursued her education to be a massage therapist. She is now the owner of The Supine Studio. When I tell you that Bailey has magic hands - I am not lying. This girl has some serious talent. She was born to use those hands to help people.
Tell us about your family.
Sam and I met in high school. We both went to college in the Upstate (Converse and Wofford!). We live with our two-furkids: Elsa and Cesare. We usually veg out in during the week after work. Weekends are for family time; we go to the Soda City Market, or the zoo, or just around town.
What are five things that bring you JOY?
1- Vacations to Disney World.
2- Super crispy bacon.
3- A hot mug of cider.
4- An empty laundry basket.
5- A hammock at the beach.
What did you dream of becoming when you were a kid?
I’ve had a lot of “when I grow up” dreams (and still do) but the very first one came from reading Horrible Harry in second grade. I wanted to be a NASA astronaut just like Sally Ride.
If money weren’t a problem, what you spend your days doing?
Go back to school for a degree in physical therapy. Travel more with the fur-kids in tow. And I would still work with clients.
Tell us about your business and how you became an entrepreneur.
My massage business focuses on pain management, especially upper body pain. Many of my clients come in with migraines, back pain, and carpel tunnel symptoms. We go through very in-depth consults before and after each session. This style of work simply does not fit into the spa environment. As I began advanced training, I realized that I needed more time to consult with clients. There are layers of dysfunction accumulating into intense pain. As we chipped away each layer, I realized I needed more advance training to meet their long-term goals.
Being an entrepreneur came out of need. I need to be able to take time off to travel for these classes regularly. I also need more time available to access clients’ needs and educate them on self-care. Self-care allows clients to have more pain-free days between sessions. I was not going to continue to meet client needs working at a spa.
What do you enjoy most about working for yourself?
Freedom. I can structure sessions the way each client needs them. I take time off when my body needs it—massage therapy is a very physical job. I block off time to take classes with some of the greatest therapists.
What motivates you?
My mother instilled in me the desire to always improve. She has limited mobility in her hips. She began using massage therapy three years ago to help with the pain. When I opened my studio, I took over her sessions personally. I want to do more than just decrease her daily pain; I want to increase hip mobility so she can walk without assistance or discomfort. I’m continuously looking for more information and techniques to progress her mobility further. Each client who comes to me inspires me to learn more about his or her condition and find techniques to fit their needs.
What is your biggest struggle as a business owner?
Time management. When you work for someone else, you show up, work, and get paid. When you own your business, the buck stops with you. You need to manage your time well so you can do everything you need without feeling overwhelmed. It’s a skill you have to constantly improve.
What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
I am just as much of a lazy bum as everyone else. Sometimes I forget to drink water—my clients know I’m always asking about their water intake and talking about the importance of hydration. Sometimes I don’t even do my daily stretches, and then wonder why my back hurts.
What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
Having a career I’m passionate about. I can talk for days about muscles, pain patterns, posture, orthopedic massage... The list goes on. The human body is an amazing collection of systems. It’s so resilient.
What piece of advice would you give someone thinking about starting their own business?
It’s okay to mess up. You’re not going to get everything right. There are going to be things you didn’t prepare for. You’re going to need to ask for help. Just keep trying because the rewards are well worth the challenge.
See you next time!