Welcome Our Latest Advertiser:Shining Star Massage!
Reason #1: We are welcoming our fourth new advertiser in just the last two weeks.
Reason #2: Our latest Advertiser just happens to be Shining Star Massage Therapy and its intrepid proprietor, Tracy LeMoine, a Licensed Massage Practitioner and resident of B-Town.
We first met Tracy a few weeks back at the Farmers Market in Olde Burien. She ambled up to our B-Town Blog table to inquire as to this neighborhood website of ours.
â€œIâ€™m actually here to find some fresh Blueberries and Marionberries,â€ Tracy said. â€œIâ€™m going to make cheesecake tonight.â€
We got to talking. Not only does she bake, but she hula dances and climbs stairs for health and charity fundraising. And sheâ€™s a Mom and a successful self-employed entrepreneur.
Her slogan for Shining Star is:
â€œYou donâ€™t have to feel bad to feel better.â€
The long story short:
Tracyâ€™s parents were stationed overseas, where her Dad served in the US Army.
â€œI was made in Germany,â€ she says. â€œAnd born in Southern California.â€
They settled in Malibu. â€œI absolutely loved it there.â€
After high school she waited tables for a number of years.
â€œI could talk for hours about the number of celebrities I saw and served food to.â€ Tracy promised the details of all that for a future B-Town Blog column.
One experience stands out:
â€œOne day, this guy with scraggly hair has his driver pull over in their Rolls Royce. The scraggly guy asks if I want a ride,â€ Tracy recalled. â€œI said, uh, thanks, but no thanks.â€
Later that night, with some friends, she happened to stop by the Crazy Horse Saloon, on the Pacific Coast Highway. The scraggly guy from the Rolls was there, too. Only he had a guitar and was onstage to do a show.
Mr. Scraggly was Neil Young.
â€œWhat do youÂ know?â€
Tracy moved from Malibu to Cleveland (long story, kind of; weâ€™ll save it for that Column For Another Day.)
Did Cleveland really deserve to be the butt of so many standup comicsâ€™ jokes over the years?
â€œYes, of course!â€ she insists. â€œTheir river caught on fire for Peteâ€™s sake!â€
Tracy worked as a legal secretary in a law office while in Ohio.
â€œJust about everyone there was stressed out. The lawyers. The clients. And my coworkers,â€ she said. Sheâ€™d give massages, informally, to those who really seemed to need them.
â€œPretty soon, everyone was saying â€˜Youâ€™re really good at this. You should pursue it professionallyâ€™.â€
Tracy made her way to the Pacific Northwest and dove into massage.
She says that one reason for her success as a massage practitioner is that she chose an excellent place of learning.
â€œI attended an outstanding school, Brenneke School of Massage,â€ Tracy said. Brenneke is now known as Cortiva Institute.
â€œBrenneke, now Cortiva, is healthfully discriminatory. They accept only people with real potential who show authentic desire to excel in massage.â€
In our interview Tracy referenced another school, which she is happy she passed on.
That school â€œwould accept just about anyone who walked in the door. Word is, they had a very high dropout rate.â€
Thereâ€™s another reason sheâ€™s very good at massage. Tracy says: â€œItâ€™s my passion for massage and satisfaction at excelling at it. I truly want to help my clients.â€
Oh, by the way, how did Tracyâ€™s Blueberry and and Marionberry cheesecake turn out?
So please take a deep breath, roll your shoulders, then click your mouse on Shining Star Massage Therapy’s Ad on the lower right Sidebar.
Or give Tracy a call at (206) 226-3681.
You’ll feel better because of it.