Trinidad and Tobago: Founder of Soothing Touch Reset Massage Therapy, certified masseuse Shivon Mejias in Tobago, has been practicing her craft since 2005 and entered the world of full-time entrepreneurship in 2017, offering clients her unique ‘reset’ massages.
Massage therapy has been shown to produce many benefits such as improving the body’s circulation, releasing endorphins, and fostering a sense of wellness for the receiver.
The term “self-care” continues to garner attention as people prioritize their health and well-being. Mejias business continues to grow through word of mouth and promotions, and clients have included cricketer Dwayne Bravo and ministers of government.
1.What can be done to improve the entrepreneurial landscape in Tobago?
More networking and more exposure when international personnel visit their shores. Entrepreneurs, especially in the service industry, should be given a chance to showcase the service or product, complimentary, in exchange for recognition from the international personnel and celebrities,which would bring awareness of the brand, and by extension, our tourism-related offerings.
2. Why did they start their business and who does it serve?
She started my business to make a holistic difference in the lives of people. She wanted people to have a safe place to release unwanted mental stress, and physical aches and tensions, in an environment that’s confidential and safe to do so, without judgments.
Her niche serves persons who have suffered in some way, whether emotionally, physically or otherwise, who need to have a reset to feel loved, valued, and relaxed, through the unique reset experience, where she oils the table directly and use the client’s body weight to reset the body and by extension their mind.
3. What are five traits an entrepreneur must have to succeed?
Five traits are confidence or a belief in self, discipline, tenacity, ambition, and an overcoming mindset.
4. What’s one mistake they made in their business and what did they learn from it?
One mistake was charging according to what others charged for many years. She learned that they have to know the cost of their service or product, and charge based on what they offer, and the value they provide.
5. What advice would they give someone considering entrepreneurship?
It’s a very rewarding career path, but it must be your gift as energies are exchanged through touch, and they must have a genuine love and compassion for others to see healing manifested through their touch.