Brown combines passions to help others in quest for wellness 

Monika Spaulding, Digital Editor

After running her business out of her home for the last several years, Trina Brown is excited about the opening of her new massage therapy office at 102 E.  Hackberry St. 

A job that started out as a part-time side has grown into a full-time job that she truly enjoys. 

When Brown’s aunt was diagnosed with cancer many years ago, she said that massages after her treatments made her feel better. Brown said that although her aunt had terminal cancer and the massage would not do anything for her disease, it did improve her quality of life.

“That’s when I decided I want to do that,” she said. “I want to make people feel better.”

At the time, Brown did editorial work in Louisville and was looking for something else to do on the side. Massage therapy seemed to be a good fit. The only catch was that Brown had never actually had a massage herself.

“I went to the Louisville School of Massage to have a massage and loved it!” she said. She asked her masseuse where she could learn to give massages herself and was told she could do it right there at the school.

“I love to learn!” said Brown, adding that she was excited to do something new. The students were told what to bring and how to be prepared for the first day of class. She said it was a three-hour class and she expected it to be a lot of book work and listening at first. She was surprised when they actually started doing massages that night.

“I was like, ‘Oh my gosh! I’m getting ready to touch a stranger’s bare leg!’” she jokingly remembers. “I thought, ‘What am I doing?’”

However, she quickly realized it wasn’t awkward at all and immediately got into it. “I loved it from the get-go!”

In 1998, Brown completed a program and became a massage therapist through the Louisville School of Massage.

Soon after, she met her husband, Wendall, and they married and she moved to Washington County. She continued doing her editorial work and then gave massages at a clinic in the Louisville area in the evenings.

Her days got to be too long and she eventually she quit working at the clinic and started making time in the evenings to do massages out of her home.

“It takes a lot of trust to go to someone’s house!” she said, adding that she is thankful for the clients that she has had for many years.

In 2014, her husband was in a bad accident on their farm and it was a long recovery. During that time, she started health coaching through the Health Coach Institute. 

“I wanted to learn about being healthy, how to eat better and feel better,” said Brown, adding that her husband’s accident was as real wake up call for both of them. “He had a full recovery, but it was a long process and it was very inspirational.”

Read the full story about this new business in The Salem Leader, on newsstands this evening.


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