We had the good fortune of connecting with La Bronaca Bradley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi La Bronaca, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Originally, I considered massage therapy as a side hustle when I was still working in corporate. I hadn’t really considered starting my own business at that time. I ended up losing my job June of 2015 and I knew that I didn’t want to continue working in corporate America. I was burned out, dissatisfied, and depressed. I went through a spiritual awakening during this time, I knew I had to do something different, something more aligned to my purpose. I knew I wanted to help people, my background and undergraduate degree has always been healthcare related. With wanting to help others, apply my background, and incorporate my spirituality, I chose massage therapy as my career choice.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
As a massage therapist/bodyworker my goal is to help people feel better in their bodies, physically, emotionally and mentally. Massage is often looked at as a luxury, but in fact it is vital to your health and well being. A lot more people are becoming more in tune with self care. Self care is an important part of your healthcare. Sometimes our society can push us to believe that we have to keep working past our limitations even when overwhelmed. I am an advocate for self care, I strive to educate and help heal my clients. I am an intuitive healer, I am also an empath, being empathic has assisted in the care I provide to my clients.
I educate my clients not only through knowledge I’ve learned in school and continuing education, but also through experience. I implement massage therapy into my own self care. I also often feel what my clients feel, my clients are often stunned how I can pinpoint pain and address it without their direction.
I am most proud of how far I’ve come and grown in the last 6 years. I finished massage school in early 2016 and obtained my license that March. To have built my clientele and brand in that time as well as surviving the pandemic, I know that I am blessed but the success I have experienced also speaks to my tenacity and work ethic. It wasn’t easy switching from corporate to being self employed, I had to unlearn certain things and open my mind to new, foreign ideas and overcome fear. Lessons I’ve learned is to not shy away from being myself and authentic and to put faith in myself. What may work for others hasn’t always worked for me and what has worked for me may not work for the next person, and that’s okay. I am able to establish meaningful relationships by being my authentic self. I didn’t choose massage therapy to be rich, I feel that I was somehow guided to my passion, because I truly love helping others. In corporate I felt stifled and now I help people the way they need to be helped.
What I want the world to know about my brand and story is that we often don’t know what our purpose is but the universe is guiding us on the path we are suppose to be on. You have to believe in yourself, take care of your mental, physical and emotional as well as spiritual health. Ten years ago I would have never thought I’d be self employed and self managed. The last few years spent building my brand has taught me a lot about myself. I’ve grown the most in the time that it has taken me to create and run my business. Massage therapy has taught me the importance of self care and personal maintenance as it pertains to managing stress and physically feeling well in my body. I am here to listen, heal and educate. I hope to inspire and motivate if nothing else.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend were visiting, I’d show them the Arboretum. The arboretum is beautiful and a great place to picnic or just walk and enjoy the scenery. I also like the Grandscape in The Colony, lots of fun and entertainment. I also like Cidercade as a fun option. I like to take guests to Old West Cafe for a delicious breakfast. Another spot I like is Legacy West in Plano there’s different restaurants and entertainment there as well. Everything is so spread out in Texas, unlike a lot of major cities, that it’s nice to have restaurants and entertainment in the same area.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to give recognize my brother De Anwar Bradlely, and his wife Kari, for the support they showed me while going through my career change and starting my business. Starting a business and going the route of self employment can be immensely scary. I think it took them by surprise but they never discouraged me, they were generous to let me move in with them during the time that I was starting my business and this support was essential to me getting up and running.