We had the good fortune of connecting with Stacey Owens and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stacey, is there something you believe many others might not?
I’ve never been a fan of the phrase “ There’s nothing to fear but fear itself” That just makes no sense to me. There is a friggin plethora of things to fear in this world, but it’s your reaction to the fearful thing that matters.
Say you’re scared of sharks, do you avoid the ocean completely? Do you watch shark week to learn what you can about the safest time and place to swim? Or do you say ‘nah, I got this’ and get in a shark cage? The fear of sharks is still there, but you determine what to do with that fear.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
About 5 or so years ago, I decided to get healthy so I overhauled my diet and started working out pretty hard core. Hard core work outs can lead to hard core aches and pains so I really started thinking about body work and recovery, mainly just massages. Then I was like, you know what, I think I want to do this too! So after 20 years in the service industry, I went to massage therapy school. And let me tell you there was so much more to that program than I expected. I figured I’d go and they’d show me different ways to rub some muscles but oh no, we studied anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, pathology, health and hygiene and a few other subjects I just was not expecting. There’s so much more to massage than most people realize, so many ways that massage can help but also quite a few ways you can do more harm than good. And let me tell you, going back to school after 19 years was a little intimidating, I had to learn to be a student again, learn how to study and take notes and all that, it was definitely a challenge but I knew I could do it!
I meet my business partner, Billy, in school. We had very similar goals and the more we talked about them, the more we realized we had the making for a great time. We started 33 Sports massage in December. But we are much more than just massage, we do cupping and assisted stretching and focus on improving body performance, range of motion and helping with pain management.
Billy is very involved in the jui jitsu/fighting community in this area and we have been fortunate to work with several local mma/ jui jitsu guys. Helping them with recovery and addressing issues to improve their fight game. Like improving range of motion in the shoulders for throwing those knock out punches or increasing flexibility in the hips for monster kicks!
How absolutely amazing is it that I get to have a career, which I love, that is helping people improve to chase their dreams?.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m not going to lie, that past few years, I’ve been so focused on school and starting this new career that I’ve almost forgotten where all the good spots to go have fun are!! Which I realize is so incredibly sad, I definitely don’t have that work life balance going on right now. I doubt I could fill up a whole week! But one thing I would 100% make sure we did was go to Fort Worth Float Company. Because, wow, a float tank is the best relaxation, get your mind right, just reset your battery thing I’ve ever done. Seriously, your stress levels drop just by walking into that place.
We’d go eat at Boo-Rays Of New Orleans off Boat Club Road. Their Shrimp & Crawfish Fondue is so good! And definitely have to hit up Fireside Pies, because pizza is a massively important part of life. Also, Maria Cuca’s in Keller for their shrimp tacos.
And there’d have be a day at the Fort Worth Zoo, that place is amazing, especially the Museum of Living Art.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My Mom, because I know that 100%, she supports and believes in me. She has my back no what matter, all the time. Whatever my goals are, or what path I choose, she’s there. And I know how lucky I am to have that.
My business partner, Billy Akins, has made such a huge impact on my life. We met in Massage school and our personalities and long term goals just matched perfectly. He’s a fantastic other side of my coin, our strengths and weaknesses balance each other so well. He’s definitely been a driving force to starting this new career path I’m on. We both know how important body work is and absolutely love that we get to make helping people feel and perform better our jobs.
Also, Nicole Green and Mike Cruz, they are both amazing teachers and amazing massage therapists. I learned so much from them. And I can only hope that one day I will be on their level.
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