The future of Royal Oak Massage

Hello!  Anyone out there?  I know it’s been a minute (or a month) since I last updated this blog.  I was so excited about it, I started the year out planning posts out, and spent several hours in front of my computer working on posts to publish weekly, doing batch uploads so I could work hard and then step back a little bit.  And then something happened.  The days caught up with me.  I still had loads of topics that I wanted to tackle, but quite frankly, didn’t have the motivation to write them all out.  To do the research on the topics, to provide valuable and useful information.  But life got in the way.  I was traveling, I was building my business, I was dealing with my own issues, I was stressed, overworked, overloaded, over everything.  So, this blog, along with my entire health coaching business, along with my own self care, got put on the back burner.

For over 12 years I operated out of a small room over on Catalpa in Royal Oak.  I had someone else working for me for over 5 years, but when I tried to expand my business….well, things don’t always go how you expect them to.  Then, opportunity knocked and I had a chance to move my practice to a new location in Clawson and in February 2017 I left my little room on Catalpa into a slightly bigger room on 14 mile in Clawson inside of a new business.  I thought this was going to be another long term commitment but I realized very quickly that I had outgrown the space.  My schedule was booked consistently 4 weeks out, and I knew that I had to hire someone else.  Unfortunately being in a shared space, I didn’t have any options there so I set out looking for a new space, knowing full well that it could take months.

Or days…..

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In late March I saw a space on Maple Road in Troy.  Initially I wasn’t thrilled about it, the layout was a little weird, it was inside of an industrial building, and it was more space than I knew what to do with.  But, it also had more space than I knew what to do with, a large warehouse area that I could convert into a studio, and a rent that yes, it was going to triple my current operating expenses, but moving into a retail location would mean they would go up closer to 5x what I was paying.  And after I saw 2 other spaces that needed a full build out, well, I didn’t have $50k laying around to fund that, so in early April I signed a 5 year lease at 330 E. Maple Road in Troy.  I had another therapist that was ready to join me and her first day is actually tomorrow.  I have a tenant in one of the upstairs offices and I still have one room free, but who knows, maybe in 6 months I will have another therapist on staff working up there.

         So much room for activities!

So, what does this mean for the future of Royal Oak Massage?  Well for one, there is no Royal Oak Massage anymore.  I am waiting for my papers from the state of Michigan to come back to change the name to Michigan Massage and Wellness.  I’m still not a spa, and I am 100% okay with that.  Our waiting room isn’t anything super fancy, the rooms are pretty basic, but functional, and I’m working on finding the balance between clinical and relaxing.

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As far as I go?  Well, I’m going to be taking a step back temporarily from seeing new clients.  My schedule is booked to capacity until the end of June.  Part of that is due to a couple of big trips coming up, next week I am leaving for Colorado for 4 days to get certified for Level 2 Lokte Method, and then in June I will be out of the office for 10 days while I travel to Washington for my Yoga Tune Up teacher training.  And then, when I get back, things are going to change.  For a couple of years now I’ve had this idea of a wellness center, a collaborative space where people could come in and do their own thing and offer things that no one else in the area is offering.  And now?  It’s on the verge of happening.  And if I can be perfectly honest, I am terrified.  I’ve reached the point where I have to put my money where my mouth is, buck up and start leading some classes of my own.  It’s one thing to find some problem areas on someones body, but taking them through a sequence with the Yoga Tune Up balls in a Roll Model Method class, or leading them through some hip opening exercises with LifeStretch, or lead an athlete workshop is a totally different story.  But, I wanted this type of space and the Universe handed it to me on a silver platter. So, it’s time to welcome it with open arms!

What does this mean for clients of Michigan Massage and Wellness?  You can still expect the stellar service that you’ve gotten since 2004.  Natalie will be on hand to take care of everyone that I can’t, and I’m going to be spending the bulk of my time working on my long time clients as well as expand my ‘specialty’ services: Lokte Method, Fascial Stretch Therapy, as well as get a class schedule in place.  I want to work on growing my health coaching business as well, but still have a healthy work/life balance.  You see, when I started this business, I never thought it would grow to what it is today although when you compare me to other businesses in the area, I’m still a very small fish in a very big pond.  And I’m okay with that.  I don’t want to grow out of this space as quickly as I grew out of the last one.  I don’t want to start my day at 9am and end it at 10pm.  I don’t want to be the person that the Detroit Tigers come to for Lokte Method (okay, that’s a total lie, I would LOVE to make that happen, so if anyone can get me in front of someone so I can show them exactly what I can do with this work, that would be great!).  I love that I can be out on my paddleboard on a Tuesday morning before I head in to see clients for the afternoon and into the evening.  I love getting text messages from clients after I did a 10 minute Lokte Method session on them telling me how great their feet and legs feel after dealing with plantar fasciitis pain for months on end.  I love seeing people walk out of my room feeling 50 times better than they did when they walked in.  I love that even when a client moves out of state for a year, he still comes back to see me when he moves back.  I love that I am still seeing my very first client that I saw for the first time in November 2003.  I love that I am able to do something that I love, that, while it will never make me rich, allows me to live on my own, and pay my bills, put food on the table, travel, and continue to expand my knowledge which will then allow me to expand my career and offerings to all of you.

So, thank you.  Even if you have only come in once, or you come in every week and have done so for the past decade, thank you.  And for anyone who is new to our practice, I can’t promise you that we can get you in at a moments notice like some of those other places out there, and I can’t promise you that we are the cheapest in the area (after all, you get what you pay for), but I can promise you this: we will take care of you.

In good hands,

Rebecca Tamm, LMT