We’re pleased to introduce you to Tina Lepeksa, LMT. Tina comes to us with experience in both treatment and spa settings. She’s been working for about seven years, which makes her one of our more experienced therapists. Her particular strength is in sports-style massage and treatment sessions. Bring your pain and you’ll walk out relieved! As of this posting, she’s only been on our schedule for a few weeks and is already building a loyal following of clients, not to mention some soaring 5-star reviews. We sat down with Tina to get to know her better.
Tell us a little something about your personal life: hobbies, interests, family, friends, etc.
I’ve always loved dance. I’ve danced since I was really young, probably about four or five years old–since I could walk, really–and I’ve done it ever since. I’ve done ballet, jazz, modern, tap, you name it. It’s just been one of those hobbies I’ve loved my whole life. Recently I started up belly dancing, which is a completely different type of dance, but I love it so much. It’s a really cool culture and I’ve enjoyed it thoroughly. I’ve also done, on the opposite side of the spectrum, krav maga and self defense training, which is pretty fun. It keeps me pretty fit, pretty active, and gets the sweat going, and I’ve enjoyed that immensely as well. I’m kind of a big nerd. I love games: online games, PC games, board games, anything like that.
Tell us about your career in massage. How did you get started? What events led to you working here?
I knew I wanted to work in the health field somewhere. I always enjoyed the healing aspect of the job. So I thought about maybe being a nurse. I volunteered in the ER. I kinda got into that field a little bit. But I decided I kinda don’t like hospitals very much! They kinda creep me out a little bit. So I stepped back from that and I thought maybe paramedic, EMT maybe, but then I find out they also spend a lot of time in the hospital! So at the time, my neighbor, he had been a massage therapist, and he told me about it. And the college was right down the street, so I met with a counselor, got to see the room, got some experience with what massage therapy is like, and I haven’t looked back since then. I’ve loved it.
What’s your favorite part of this job? What gets you excited to come to work?
I love helping people. I love the after effects of helping them, from being in pain to feeling so much better. You can do no wrong with massage therapy. I mean, they’re happy to see you. You’re happy to help them. It’s a really rewarding career and it’s just–there’s no stress in it. And that’s–I love that about it.
What is it about your massage that keeps your clients coming back? What makes you stand out from the other GLM therapists?
They would say I have this knack for homing in on knots. I tend to find them, y’know, right away, and they don’t even know that they have them. They always joke about that with me, so I guess my palpation–my intuition to find where the people are stressed and where they’re feeling it, even if they’re not aware of it.
Pick a superpower: flying or turning invisible. Explain your answer.
Just those two options?! Out of all the superpowers out there in the world? Okay. I think we have all been in that situation where you’re stuck in traffic and you wish you could just fly over everybody and not be stuck. That would be great.
We’re all about wellness here. What’s your favorite health habit? This can be something that you’re working on, have mastered, or just feel like our clients should be doing.
As well as doing dance as well as self defense to keep me fit, I really love stretching. That’s kind of my go-to for just recovery, and just kinda keeping myself limber. It helps myself as well, because after a long day of massage, I have to make sure that I’m taken care of, so stretching for me has been huge, and it’s also great for clients as well. So I kinda want to continue to learn more stretches and figure out more techniques and things like that.
Is there a client who stands out to you? Don’t name names, but can you tell us a story about how massage helped someone you worked on?
She had a return injury in her rotator cuff and it was really bothering her. She couldn’t move her arm very well at all, not very high, and we had been working several sessions, probably four or five sessions. She had been going to physical therapy as well to try and fix it, and I was stretching it out, within her comfort level of course, and it made this horrible popping, crunching noise. I was terrified at first. I was like “Are you okay?! Did I just break you?” And she was like “Yes! That was amazing!” It really broke up the scar tissue and she could move a little bit better, and it was just that eureka moment that we weren’t expecting, but it was great and we laughed about it a lot. It was that moment when it finally kinda comes together–all that work and trying to just get it to let go, and it’s a really rewarding moment.
Finish this statement: I wish my clients knew …
I wish my clients knew how much wear and tear they put on their body day-in, day-out without even realizing it. And I think sometimes clients can become desensitized to it as well. They have that nagging pain or ache in their body and they’re just used to it every day, and they don’t even realized it’s there anymore. It’s just part of their everyday life. Really, checking in with yourself every day and seeing how your body’s doing and feeling is really important, so I wish they knew just how much they need to take care of themselves.
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