When first asked for three words to describe herself, Diana immediately begins with a knee-jerk laugh, "I have no idea". After a momentary pause, she quickly adds "Competitive, caring, and fun".
Gradually, she began to realize that she loved relieving the tension and stress that her father was carrying. At 12 years old, Diana first began giving massages when her father suggested that she give him one after a long day at work. Gradually, she began to realize that she loved relieving the tension and stress that her father was carrying. As she read up on massage techniques, she enrolled in the International Holistic Institute and became a certified massage therapist.
"It's not just rubbing someone for an hour, you're helping someone to feel better."
We spoke with Diana about her observations on receiving massages.
What is the value that you see in massages?
Once you learn about the body, you can use the knowledge and techniques to help people. It's not just rubbing someone for an hour, you're helping someone to feel better.
What can massages help with?
Just about everything. If you don't have any pain, it's still a positive touch that you can receive, a positive energy that you're receiving from another person.
When a massage therapist is passionate about what they're doing, you can feel it. It transfers. For some massage therapists, it's a mechanical thing.
"People who work out regularly should be stretching and getting massages every two weeks."
What sort of long-term problems do you see?
People who work out regularly should be stretching and getting massages every two weeks. Like getting enough sleep, eating right, and working out, massages are important because they are a way of relaxing. All of those other things are active and this is about letting your body relax and flushing toxins out.
What would you say to people who have experienced a bad massage?
Don't give up! Don't let one bad massage ruin that experience. Not everyone is the right fit for each therapist. It's good to do your homework and ask questions.
How do you stay fit?
I work out, go the gym, do yoga and get massages when I can.
What advice do you have for people striving for physical wellness?
Drink water. I try to do it, but it's so hard for me. And sleep. Even if you can take a nap for 20 minutes, do it.
What is your morning routine?
Get up and go to work. I like getting the lash extensions with Meng because all I need to do is put clothes on, make coffee, and go to work.
How would you define 'wellness'?
A balance between work, exercise, time with friends and family, taking time off to relax. I think we forget to take care of ourselves.
What elements of 'wellness' do you feel that people often miss?
Self-care. In every way, just, you know, take care of your body. Give yourself a mental break because you can't just keep going and not crash at some point.