Massage therapist Brooke Carrington believes in enhancing people’s happiness through massage, the power of kangatraining and trusting the process.
How many years have you owned your own business?
I started remedial massage in 2013, with a keen interest in sports, rehabilitation and injury prevention. I was even lucky enough to massage sporting teams internationally. I first registered my ABN in 2016 and Myo & Barn early 2017. It was with my first pregnancy my interests started to shift and I decided to specialise in pregnancy, postnatal, infant massage and organise health retreats to create opportunities for people to try wellness therapies, self care and learn something new.
What’s the best business advice you have been given?
Trust the process and celebrate wins! I would love all my ideas to come to fruition overnight, but that’s impossible. The time, effort and action you put in is reflected in the results you see – and in the middle, you have to trust the process. Then at the end, celebrate – no matter how big or small the win!
All small businesses have their challenges. What were some of yours and how did you persevere?
Having a young family and maternity leave was a challenge (a rewarding one, but a challenge nonetheless) – especially when a pandemic presents itself. My husband and I are both self-employed and the decision to take maternity leave took considerable thought. So much to consider – closing? Staff? returning to work and what would that look like? Then, of course, there was the question of how to handle life and the business once our new addition arrived, juggling return hours and daycare availability. I persevered by doing what felt right for myself and our family. We used this time to work out what we needed and wanted financially, while getting time at home with the kids. We created the hours that worked for us. I transitioned back, worked weekends and created new ways to connect online. Most importantly, I had the most amazing staff member who supported my every decision!
What do you love most about your job?
The authentic connections I make with people and the connections / friendships I see others make. It is truly special to be part of anyone’s health or parenthood journey. I respect and value what people share and how they show up. It is rewarding to provide relief to people’s aches, pains and stress and I also enjoy collaborating and working with other health professionals. At the end of the day it’s simple – I love helping you lead healthier, happier and more connected lives!
Who inspires you and why?
I am inspired by all those around me, I love meeting people. I truly believe all people have a story and I love hearing them. There is a lesson to learn from everyone. I am inspired by people’s courage, generosity, strength, wisdom and ability to keep showing up… which in turn gives me all of those things. Sometimes the most simple conversation will leave me thinking: “Wow, that person is amazing, I wish I could be or do that!”
How do you balance work and life responsibilities?
Ha! I have to giggle at this one a little. This is something I am very mindful of but, in all honesty, it’s a constant challenge! There are always jobs to be done both at home and work, it’s really never-ending. I try and practice what I encourage – take time out for myself, spend quality time with family and friends. Even if that means asking for help (why is this so hard?!), because without my support network, I couldn’t do what I do. It is very true – when our cups are full, we have more to give. I have to remind myself of this often – mum guilt and responsibility is a real thing, doing your best every day is enough!
What’s on the horizon for Myo & Barn?
The future of Myo & Barn will look a little different. My family and I are excited to pack up shop and travel around our beautiful country in 2023. I believe in chasing your dreams and this is one of ours. I am lucky my business can take me anywhere, so mobile massage around Australia in some picturesque locations is on the cards. Providing our other services to remote communities would also be amazing and something I would love to do and learn from. Meanwhile, this year’s calendar is full of more study and courses to further grow my skill set – I’m always looking for ways I can improve my offering to better serve the community. And, of course, we have another incredible Press Pause and Play Retreat, which I am very excited about!
location: Tamworth, NSW
instagram & facebook: @myobarn