The Massage community is a community of healers. It is built entirely on the thoughts of helping others relieve pain, or manage stress. Compassion, caring, and empathy are all hallmarks of a remarkable healer, and are qualities held by so many in the field.
When ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition approached Massage Warehouse to take part in assisting Melissa Mattingly create a massage room in her home so she may attend more closely to her husband and family, we were absolutely on board.
Melissa, a former EMT was one of the first responders to her husband Steve’s accident; an accident that left him with many physical challenges preventing his return to the workplace. When daughter Alana was faced with health challenges as well, Melissa needed to be home more than ever to attend to her family, yet still find a way to earn a living. She quit her job, and became a massage therapist hoping it would free her schedule to assist and care for her family.
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Massage Warehouse was asked by the show’s producers to help provide all the trappings of a dream massage room. As with everything the wonderful people at Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Ty Pennington do, it had to be over the top. We were all too happy to accept this task, as we were all moved by this touching story and by Melissa’s unending drive to care for her family. We dropped everything and began developing the equipment and product needs list. Providing a space within the home where she could see client’s as well as tend to her family was something she had dreamed of, but could not achieve alone. We were only too happy to step up to the plate and help provide.
With her new workspace, she is now fully equipped to handle a daily load of clients offering a variety of modalities, provide for her family, and still be nearby to administer medications when needed.
It was a project we are honored to be a part of, and one we hope will be life changing for the Mattingly’s. We wish Two Doves Massage all the best in its newest incarnation; congratulate them on their ability to overcome extreme odds and to still find a way to reach out to others in need through touch. This is the true essence of a healer, and we applaud you!