We recently connected with Lauren Torres and have shared our conversation below.
Lauren, appreciate you joining us today. Risk taking is something we’re really interested in and we’d love to hear the story of a risk you’ve taken.
The risk I took that started my entrepreneurial journey, is when I left my cozy job as a personal trainer at EŌS to start training on my own in a couple independent gyms such as Self Made Training Facility then moved to Thrive House now called Steady State Performance for one on one and small group training. After four years of training some of the most incredible people I could work with, I still wanted to do more for their health and to add quality to their life by changing my occupation to be a massage therapist.
This became my second risk I took or bad timing since I graduated with my Associates of Applied Science from Pacific College in 2020. This unfortunate time eventually became a blessing in disguise as this started my mobile massage business to take care of my clients in the comfort of their homes. Now two years later I’ve been able to aid the aches and pains of the same clients since day one and new clients based on referrals and social media.
Lauren, love having you share your insights with us. Before we ask you more questions, maybe you can take a moment to introduce yourself to our readers who might have missed our earlier conversations?
The goal for my clients is in my business’ name, Harmonize the Physique, I want the people that are under my care to have their body perform at it’s optimal mobility and alignment. I am a massage therapist with the modalities of Swedish, pre-natal, sport’s therapy/injury prevention, and lymphatic manual drainage. I have add on services under my practice such as cupping, muscle scraping, and foot reflexology.
I am a yoga instructor as well, I love to lift weights in the gym and to teach others, but I also tell people all the time to include stretching and lengthening the muscles is just as important to keep them pumped up and strong. In fact, the quality of the movement of our muscles like lifting weights will significantly improve by adding at least 5-10 minute daily practice. In my classes, I do my best to make sure to move the students’ bodies in different poses like twists and inversions to get their bodies out of the everyday postures that keep our spine crunched, hips and shoulders tight, and aches in upper or lower back.
Learning and unlearning are both critical parts of growth – can you share a story of a time when you had to unlearn a lesson?
The lesson I had to unlearn was that everything needs to be perfect to be an entrepreneur, “I need a certificate or qualification” or “I have to be at the right place and time to start a business”. Honestly, the best lessons you’ll learn is to actually go through the process and grow from the discomfort of the unknown. Of course, be prepared with as much tools and experience you have already obtained to work towards your goals. Like Seneca once said, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity”.
What’s been the best source of new clients for you?
Even though social media is a great tool to reach out and connect with potential clients, but the good ol’ word of mouth referrals has been the main source of how my business has grown.
- Website: https://www.massagebook.com/biz/harmonize-the-physique
- Instagram: harmonize.the.physique
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/harmonize.the.physique