Today we’d like to introduce you to Keyonda Valiant.
Hi Keyonda, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I was intrigued to do massage after I became a teen mom. I originally wanted to be a Physical Therapist, due to my background as a young person in track and field as well as volleyball. Massage became more popular and advertised as a trade when my son became school-age. I began with touch as a young child. I took care of my grandmother before she was diagnosed with cancer and while she was in hospice. The main thing I did for her other than cook was touched her. I didn’t know then how healing it was I just sat at her feet and absorbed the knowledge she gave me. So after I completed school, “2004”, which I completed the same year my son started kindergarten.
I was off to create a business. I worked first on gaining experience. I was already employed with SLU Billing in the outpatient PT/OT/SP clinic. I started working for a Chiropractor 4 months after I left school and learned even more about pain relief. I started taking on my own clients by home visit. And I started to take off. I start my LLC in 2007 and Rented my first commercial space in Maple wood MO. I advertised doing vending events. I reached out and offered free massages to Chiropractors willing to help me build my business. I then positioned myself at Spa to learn how to perform all Spa services (2007-2013. After a time I created a successful business.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Just like life, the journey of entrepreneurship was not easy at all. there was not as much help in the process of running a business legally and successfully. A lot of what has happened for me is through trial and error. Not being able to get a business credit or not knowing how to obtain business credit was the biggest downfall. I have been supporting my own business and expenses on my own with my husband.
Finding a reasonable place to rent would be the next hardest. The massage industry is so unsteady since it is not a necessity for most. The last thing is client retention. Due to the ability to franchise a professional profession like massage… it is hard for most therapists to build due to the competition.
As you know, we’re big fans of Vital Touch Massage, LLC. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
My business is a sole proprietor. I have been practicing massage for over 20 years. I have a keen eye for energy, balance, and touch. When scheduling a Massage at Vital Touch Massage, LLC you get to experience as well as care. I have knowledge that a younger inexperienced therapist would not. I focus on your needs and plan an action plan for success and pain relief. Pre and post-op surgery as well as pre and post-sports activities. I keep notes so that I keep up with your progress. I am willing to refer out when things or out of my scope of practice.
I keep packages and specials available to new and existing clients to keep massage affordable. I accept FSA/HSA saving cards for massage. I offer pain relief products from CBD, Biofreeze, tiger balm, etc. All these pain relief options are able to be purchased ad added to your massage session. I also of all-natural essential oils which are healing to the body in all seasons. I specialize in deep tissue massage. However, I offer a variety of other services,(pre-natal, Hot-stone, trigger-point, deep-tissue, cupping, essential oils, Lymphatic Massage, hand and foot scrubs, etc.
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Most don’t know that I also do natural hair. I was raised in part by my father and sister. My mom was ill when I was a child. So in being raised with m aunt I grew to love hair. I have my braiders license to perform on natural hair. I also love children and plan to become a doula someday.
- $85 60m. Swedish Massage
- $95 60m. Deep Tissue Massage
- $120 60m. Face and Body Package
- $95 60m. Lymphatic Massage
- $85 60m Pre-natal Massage
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