Leslie Whitten is a veteran therapist here at Elements. She has a large following and if you had a massage from her, you know why. Here is her interview:
At what point did you decide to become a massage therapist and why?
Six years ago I wanted to explore a new career. All my life I have been told I have a gift for touch and after 12 years of using massage therapy to ease nerve pain and work on muscular imbalances, I decided to pursue massage therapy as my next career. It was a great fit for my personality and desire to help others. Customer service has always been the most rewarding part of every position I have held. The engineer inside of me loves the challenge of the puzzle presented by each new client. I have found massage therapy to be extremely rewarding and stimulating; mentally, physically and emotionally.
What modality is your favorite?
I don’t have a favorite modality as each person responds differently to touch. I prefer to keep my mind and options open to what modality best suits the client.
Tell me about a situation in which you helped a client the most?
I have helped a client successfully train for a marathon without injury. He had been trying to run a full marathon for several years but was always hampered by injuries during training. He was able to complete his training, run the marathon and run it at a pace he never thought possible for him.
I have helped cyclists work through injuries and pains that were interfering with their love of the sport.
I have helped a truck driver get back on the road after a painful neck injury that limited his range of motion to the extent he was not comfortable driving. He came to see me the first time for an hour and a half. That session gave him enough range of motion he was able to go back to work the next day. The subsequent sessions removed all of his range barriers.
What do you like best about working at Elements?
What I have found to be the best aspect of working at Elements so far is the focus on helping people instead for sales. The flexibility they have in working with the therapists and clients is far superior to other “membership” based massage businesses. If I wanted a sales position and it were something I was good at I would be selling high end goods.
What are your hobbies?
I love reading books on psychology, philosophy and health & fitness. I also enjoy cycling, running and travel.