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Community Highlights: Meet Hadassah Swain of Rising Phoenix Massage and Bodywork

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hadassah Swain.

Hi Hadassah, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
A big turning point in my career was after the birth of my first son. I had postpartum depression and I was working as a preschool teacher which I knew was not my calling. This led me to search for something more, search for my purpose in life.

I checked out a local school called Holistic Massage Training Institute. I then enrolled in massage therapy school where I learned not only about massage therapy but how to live an overall healthier lifestyle. In school, I gained a deeper understanding of myself and how to help others feel comfortable and relaxed in their body.

Once out of school, I had a dream to work for myself in private practice. I didn’t exactly know what I was doing so after about a year, I hired a business coach and joined a program called Rock Your Massage Practice, founded by Rebecca Overson. It was there that I found a deeper mission for myself and my business.

I rebranded my business with a new niche of supporting women healing from trauma. I use both massage therapy, hands-on therapy, and guided questions to increase and gain a deeper connection to the bodies. Once a person feels more connected to their body, it is then that they can begin to heal.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It definitely has not been a smooth journey. The first year after I graduated from massage therapy school, I got pregnant and was not able to work anymore. Practicing massage therapy was too difficult on my body and I, therefore, had to stop what I loved to do! I took a break for a year and then started back up again in January, amidst a global pandemic.

We’ve been impressed with Rising Phoenix Massage and Bodywork, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?

I specialize in supporting women, specifically moms, who are healing from trauma. I named my practice “Rising Phoenix Massage and Bodywork” because I really connect with the metaphor of the phoenix. Life or life’s struggles sometimes burns us to the ground. But then we rise again. Terrible situations that cause trauma can have devastating effects on a personal trauma creates a disconnection of feeling alive and in your body.

I’m here to say “it doesn’t have to be this way.”

So, I help women find their voice, find their strength and find comfort in feeling good in their bodies. I describe it like this-“Feeling reunited with your body is like sitting down with an old friend for coffee.” When you experience it, it feels like you are coming home.

This leads me into my next segway of Birth! I have been working with a lot of ever-due moms. They are past their due date and on a clock! I help them remove any barriers, fears, or resistance to labor. If their mind and heart is clenched, so will their body be!

Once they feel comfortable to let go and release any resistance, they surrender to the process of birth. They feel safe letting go. They feel safe trusting their bodies. I am SO passionate about this! I love empowering women to trust their bodies and go into labor with peace and confidence!!

How can people work with you, collaborate with you, or support you?
I would love to provide more for my clients: help them live a more healthier and holistic lifestyle.

I would love to collaborate with other health coaches, doulas, mental health therapists, yogis ect. and provide workshops or classes. I would also love to build a wide source of referrals so we can all support each other as small business owners!

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