Today we’d like to introduce you to Wekina McMillan.
Hi Wekina, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I began my journey in 2008. I was a freshman at UCF majoring in: Early Childhood Education to become (so I thought) a Teacher. It was during a few service-learning experiences that I knew I was NOT equipped to deal with children lol. It takes a special individual to deal with all they are required to, and I’ll always have an understanding and special place in my heart for teachers based on that experience.
I’m thankful for the short experience and that I was able to realize it in my first semester, verses year two or three into it, thanks to how the program was structured. The credit for my path to becoming a Massage Therapist goes to my parents, though. They always instilled in my siblings and I to have a backup plan (Plan A, B, and C) in case the original plan didn’t work out. It was my mother that actually put “my plan b” into motion after a simple request to rub lotion on her back. She told me I had a good touch and there the seed was planted before I even knew I wouldn’t fulfill my “plan A.” I dropped out of UCF after my second semester and enrolled into the Massage Therapy program at Lake Technical Center in Eustis. The program was nine months long and extremely intense but very thorough, thanks to the two wonderful teachers I had, Joy Shepard and Shamaya Cha. Any student trained by them I can almost guarantee, will give you the best massage you’ve ever had and or they’re extremely knowledgeable about therapy and healing.
I graduated the program in 2009, failed my exam the first time around; completely torn but determined I took it a second time and passed! Thereafter for the next nine years, I worked on perfecting my skills: taking my biennial renewal courses on modalities I felt would benefit my clients, finding my way and molding into the therapist I would become., and the biggest of all, learning the ins and outs of the businesses I was employed with soaking up everything I could which lead to brainstorming the foundation of how I wanted to structure my own business someday. That someday came in 2018. I had outgrown the idea and the settled life of being an employee that I had so comfortably placed myself into for six years without even realizing it! I had let my dreams and talent take a backseat while I was giving my all for a company that wasn’t invested in me as I was them! I turned in my notice, took a leap of faith, pushed fear aside, and started my business. The ironic thing about it all though, is that it all goes back to the beginning of my journey in 2007-2008 at UCF. I was accepted through a program called SOAR that guided us with tutors and counselors for the summer to prepare us for the fall semester. They had us doing one of those tests that help you figure out your personality style to help you figure out your career path. I recall one of the questions asking:” where do you see yourself in ten years?” My answer was a business owner. Unbeknownst to me, I literally spoke the words into existence exactly ten years later when I opened the business in 2018! Talk about manifestations coming into fruition. Undoubtedly this path was aligned perfectly by God for me.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I would honestly say my biggest obstacle was myself. Allowing my fear to hold me back from achieving my greatest potential. Everything else after jumping that hurdle has been fairly smooth.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
I’ve been in business for three years; licensed Massage Therapist for 12. I am a bodywork therapist that specializes in customized sessions for each individual’s needs. I offer single customized sessions, package options, and a membership program. What sets me apart from others is that I combine all modalities (Swedish Therapeutic Deep Tissue And Sports) and make it flow into one to achieve a successful session that is relaxing and relieves any stress or tension. Most of the time, I am able to get rid of all if not most knots and tension my clients come in with by the end of their session.
I’m most proud of my brand because, unlike most places, I don’t believe in placing my clients in a category based on modality (you won’t even see it listed as such on my service menu) because every session is different. I’ve spent years practicing and perfecting my skill and continue to enhance my techniques. My clients (existing and new) will tell you I’m all about education and wellness. I consult and give tips and tools for therapy while in and outside of my care with them. I’m dedicated and passionate in making sure their session will be fulfilled to their expectations and mine and we are both active in a treatment plan that aids in the overall success of their best health and self. My brand and motto is: ‘You deserve to relax, rejuvenate, and reward yourself.’ While in my care, I guarantee you will feel and get just that every time!
My vision has ALWAYS been bigger. I’m currently excelling towards transitioning into a salon/spa setting. A one-stop-shop for all beauty and wellness needs.
- $69 Starting membership fee
- $85 Customized 1 hour session
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: awunique_massage
- Facebook: Aw’uniqueMassage