Today we’d like to introduce you to Jodi Favazza.
Hi Jodi, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself
Ever since I was a little girl, I loved getting back rubs from my parents and would often “fight” with my sisters over who would get one. Then, in fifth grade, I thought about wanting to become a massage therapist but continued on for my bachelor’s degree and continued for my master’s in education, and started as a college residence life employee. However, the dream of becoming a massage therapist was never far from my mind.
Unfortunately, I had been talked out of pursuing this dream until I experienced a rough year, and my best friend at the time asked me why I wasn’t going after my dream of becoming a massage therapist. The following week, I enrolled at Educating Hands School of Massage in Miami, Florida, which at the time was one of the best massage schools in the country. After eleven months of school, I graduated and was able to sit for my massage license, and I was able to start looking for a job.
After several months of looking, I applied for a job at Massage Envy in Fort Lauderdale and spent the next two years working more than 40 hours a week crafting my skill while also teaching general education at a local health career college and working for another business. I became very involved in the Florida State Massage Therapy Association which opened a lot of doors for me and allowed me to meet many of the changemakers in the field. Then, I experienced a life trauma and decided to move to Maryland. When I moved to Maryland, I found myself drifting between different massage studios, including the What’s Up Annapolis Massage Studio of the Year award-winning Lotus Wellness (which has since closed), and three years at Elements Massage where I was nominated for National Massage Therapist of the Year.
I continued to be involved with FSMTA and attended conventions each year to continue my skills.
In 2020, I received the opportunity to enter a program to become a special education and elementary teacher which has been another dream of mine. At this point, I knew that my clients nor I would be happy if I left massage. I had put too much of my heart and soul into it, but I could not be a teacher and have the flexibility I needed if I worked for someone else. Therefore, I opened Wellthy Living Massage and began growing the business.
Then, as a result of my being a teacher, I came across an opportunity to become a certified yoga instructor and social-emotional learning facilitator. I also started a Pure Romance business during COVID as I love their wellness products. In the summer of 2021, I rebranded my business into Wellthy Living Massage and Wellness in order to combine my yoga, social-emotional learning, and massage certifications as well as my Pure Romance business.
I also received my medical massage therapist certification and advanced sports massage certification which helps me improve my skills for my clients. I am excited to be starting on this new adventure.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
No, my personal life has been a hindrance as I moved to Maryland and had to start over meeting people and building my business. I also had struggles trying to determine how to best manage my teaching career with my massage profession. It has been an adventure but has definitely made me a better person.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Wellthy Living Massage and Wellness?
Wellthy Living Massage and Wellness focuses primarily on massage services including sports and rehabilitation, deep tissue, CBD (using Pure Romance Massage Melt with lavender and chamomile), cupping, prenatal, reiki, and relaxation massage. Jodi Favazza, LMT, MEd, CYT, SELF, ASMT, MMT, is a solopreneur so you can be sure that if you book a massage, you will be receiving services from Jodi who has been on the team which won What’s Up Annapolis Massage of the Year in 2013 and 2020, nominated for the National Massage Therapist of the Year through Florida State Massage Therapy Association 2019 and Elements Massage 2019, and received the National Humanitarian of the Year from Performance Health (the makers of BioFreeze) award 2019 and has written many articles about massage for different organizations.
She also has recently added yoga services both online and in-person, social-emotional learning workshops, and Pure Romance products, specializing in the wellness aspect. She is also able to do onsite massage or classes for businesses and is able to bring a mobile infrared sauna for these events. Besides the awards and recognition Jodi has received, she also believes firmly in giving back to the community and tries to donate a percentage of her monthly income to non-profit organizations or provide discounts for people who help in the community.
For example, she has donated to the Children’s Tumor Foundation, NAACP, American Heart Association, American Business Women’s Association, as well as other organizations. She has also been known to do discounts for teachers and first responders. Her philosophy is that she was lucky enough to have had a hand up in her past so it is time to pay it forward.
Also, it is best to book any appointments online on my website as it is not always easy to get back to clients during the day since I am teaching and guiding our future. I also only work nights, weekends, and days when school is not in session.
What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
The most important lessons I have learned include taking opportunities when they come up to expand my skills as you never know how it may help you in the future. I have also learned that people wanted to be treated as if they are the most important person while you are working on them, so I make sure that the massage I do is about the client and not about myself.
I also have developed human analogies in which I explain to my clients how the body functions in terms of everyday items in order to help them better understand how to take care of themselves. Finally, I have learned that passion comes through in my work so I need to know what my limits are and not overbook myself.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: wellthyliving.massagetherapy.com
- Facebook: @WellthyLivingMassage
- Other: pureromance.com/JodiFavazza
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