We had the good fortune of connecting with Tyenesha Sloan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tyenesha, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
As a newbie to the massage therapy industry, I mainly wanted to focus on educating people on the benefits of massage therapy. I knew the best way to do that was to create the avenue that allowed me to do that in the way I wanted, on my own schedule. From the beginning, I never wanted to work for anyone else, even though circumstances at times forced me into it. I’ve had some really great experiences working for spas and massage facilities, but I’ve always wanted to have my own place.
What should our readers know about your business?
What makes me different is my natural gift of touch and being in tune with the clients needs. Many therapists are educated but aren’t very gifted in doing a massage. I’m proud to have both. I am most proud of my longevity in the business. Many therapists don’t survive because of poor body mechanics or the inability to build and maintain a clientele. So to have nearly 20 years in the business is a major achievement that I proudly proclaim. The road has not always been smooth, as any entrepreneur will tell you. But the love of helping people is what keeps bringing me back. Any business is a constant learning experience. And with massage therapy, the things that happen behind the desk are the most important and vital to the survival of a business. They can also be the most challenging. So continuous marketing and promotions are just as crucial as performing the massage itself. But the rapport a massage therapist builds with each client is the difference between unlocking the door daily or locking the door permanently. I want people to know that Sole Clinique is more than just massage. It’s therapy!
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 have the benefit of being in one of the most entertaining areas in the Dallas/Fort Worth area! We are minutes from AT&T Stadium, home of the world renowned Dallas Cowboys, and Choctaw Stadium, which is the new home of the Texas Rangers. Nearby is also Six Flags Over Texas and Hurricane Harbor Waterpark. Grand Prairie is a growing suburb with several major companies such as Ikea, Walmart, Epic Waters (indoor water park), Texas Trust CU Theater (concert venue), Lone Star Park (horse racing), Main Event (gaming venue), and tons of eateries. And 15 minutes in either direction are two of the fastest growing cities in the country: Dallas and Fort Worth. So planning a single day’s activities would definitely take some serious planning with all the options available.
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?
If it wasn’t for my dear friend Reggie, I would have never become a massage therapist. I was unaware that a career as a massage therapist was a thing. But I would give him massages after his workouts as a gym enthusiast. Unbeknownst to me, I was naturally inclined to the basic strokes of massage. So the art of touch is second nature for me and I’m eternally grateful for Reggie’s encouragement to pursue this career. Thanks Reggie!