We had the good fortune of connecting with Tracie Graves and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Tracie, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk has been an integral part of my success throughout my life! I feel taking risks helps expand personal boundaries in amazing ways and helps build both experience and adaptability. I believe these two attributes makes you stronger and able to achieve more in life. Every risk move I have made has expanded both my brand and my career in phenomenal new ways. A couple of memorable leaps I have taken are, revamping my technique from hands on bodywork only to a unique blend of bodywork (somatic integration) and tantric/spiritual coaching. Anther leap for me was choosing to leave a comfortable job/contract space due to lack of personal growth. These leaps keep my life and work from feeling stifled and stuck and help life feel more exciting and fresh, I love working with my clients to help them lean more into taking such risks and expand their own horizons. It makes my heart soar to see myself and others take off in new expansive directions. You never know what awaits unless you are brave enough to forge new horizons.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My business is a heartfelt blended practice of massage/bodywork and coaching. It is designed to support my clients to learn and release in many different ways on their paths to balance and wellness. We work together to facilitate many different types of change. Chronic pain patterns, anxiety and emotional imbalances, feeling ungrounded or disconnected from life, relationship issues, or just the desire to get to know your body better and create more self intimacy are some of the aspects I work with. My journey to where I am now has not been easy. I have made many changes and leaps of faith over the years to create and expand into the work I do today. One of my deepest values is education. I consider myself a lifelong student and continue my learning process today to keep my work fresh and dynamic. The more I can learn about the body, mind and spirit, the more I can help others go deeper on their own paths. My biggest lesson has been in learning how to be an unbiased/non judgmental witness to the stories of others. When I work with you I am a facilitator not a director. I am here to listen, observe and reflect and then guide when needed. It is in this way that I can better educate and empower others to create their own healing and change.

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.
First thing I would bring my friend to Fort Worth and go to Restore and Revive Wellness Center (where I currently office) to have a day of wellness. We would get facials, foot soaks, infrared saunas and IVs, I would then treat them to a session with me. Next would be lunch at Belenty’s Love vegan restaurant for some delicious stuffed avocados or vegan tacos. Then off to the Botanic and Japanese Gardens to take in the beauty of nature and go for a nice walk. Next it would be off to the Artful Bead to shop for jewelry making supplies-jewelry making is one of the things I do for creative offering and expresion and I LOVE IT! After having our fill in Fort Worth, we would head to Granbury (where I live). Some of my favorite things to do here are go to the Acton Nature Center for a long hike and nature photography. I love the Granbury Square to sit and have a locally brewed coffee and people watch, maybe do a little shopping at a vintage store or antique mall. I also love to sit by the lake and have lunch as we watch all the boats go by and maybe feed the ducks. And last, maybe stop by the City Beach area because it is a place to go, take off our shoes, and get to squish our toes in some sand-maybe do some QiGong by the water to get our energy moving!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
In humble gratitude for my family who offers continual support for my endeavors. My clients who fearlessly embrace the work. Kendal Williams for being a bad a*s personal mentor and teacher. Dharma Gaines for being an amazing friend who consistently holds a mirror to help me see myself in deeper ways.

Website: https://www.traciegravestherapy.com/

Other: Etsy site: Tracie Graves Jewelry to shop my handmade jewelry collection.

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