Monday, May 19, 2014

Do What?

Lots of people know I work at my family's wood manufacturing business and I am super happy there. I love my job and love it even more since Tanner and I now work together. I even plan on working when we have kids, because I don't think this job is something I can give up.

I also am a licensed massage therapist. I went to school in 2009, passed my boards in 2010 and practiced until a few months after Tanner and I married in 2011.  

Looking back, our first year of marriage was hard for me. Our marriage wasn't the hard part, that was actually a great time for "us". I was working (up to 6 clients a day), trying to run our household (grocery, cook, clean, laundry) and feeling awful. And I truly mean awful. I was so exhausted that I would lay on my massage table in between appointments and sleep for as long as I could, even if it was only minutes.  

Tanner started helping me with things around the house and I eventually quit massage because it was simply too hard on my body. I was a "stay at home Whitney" for a month or so before starting at B & K Wood Products. There was an open position in the office and my brother, Jordan asked me if I would fill in. And, obviously "fill in" means "stay forever". 

I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in early 2013 and that's when everything started making more sense to me. Aches, exhaustion, insomnia. Reading the definition of fibro was like reading the definition of Whitney Brown. I started to feel better and simply being mindful of my limits allowed me to do more. I have flair ups from time to time but for the most part I'm feeling good. 

Thankfully, I am now practicing massage again (part time) and being back in the calming environment of a spa makes me so happy. I have recently taken classes to become a Licensed Prenatal Massage Therapist and just passed my Massage Doula course! A doula is a labor coach present during the time of birth providing the mother emotional support, physical comfort and information. 

I am thrilled to have the opportunity of helping the soon-to-be mommy relax and soothe her achy muscles with massage and then be there for her during labor as a coach and a helping hand. Births with a doula show a substantial decrease in labor length, need for caesarian sections, epidurals and episiotomies. What a rewarding job!

Theses courses have rekindled my love for massage and opened a new door for my career. I have to complete 3 births as part of my internship, then I will be a certified labor coach! :) Yay for a new venture in life! 


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