Apr 27, 2021
Diane Matkowski, the Massage Mentor, has had many revelatory moments in her life: from getting her first massage, to studying under a hands-on mentor, to making the leap of faith to start her own business. She was terrified. But she took comfort in the phrase from one of her clients: “When you see a doorway, Diane, walk through it.” Diane embraces being uncomfortable and, as such, has been successful in her work—she hasn’t taken a paycheck from anything other than her independent massage business since 1996. We discuss her successes (and failures), her COVID protocols that will stick long after the pandemic is over, and what’s it like being audited by the IRS. What’s the art of massage, according to Diane? Patience, persistence, and perseverance.
Diane Matkowski was accredited by The Owens Institute of Massage and The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and has an associate’s degree in business administration. She has been practicing therapeutic massage for more than 25 years. Diane began her business, Freedom Massage, with only six clients. Presently, more than 12,000 clients have received therapeutic massage within the walls of her business. She moderates a closed group for massage therapists only on Facebook called The Massage Mentor Closed Group and is co-founder of the newly launched The Massage Mentor Institute. In 2010, she was the official massage practitioner for the women’s professional soccer team, the Philadelphia Independence. Diane is the author of The Massage Therapist’s Guidebook and The Body is Art. For more information, visit www.freedommassage.com and www.themassagementorinstitute.com.
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