Gretchen Gragg, LMT
Hi, I am Gretchen Gragg, LMT! I am the owner of Made Well Massage Therapy and sole practitioner for my business. I completed massage school in 2003 in my home state of California, where I had my own massage business until moving to Nashville, TN in 2008. After becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist in the state of Tennessee, I went to work at one of Nashville's finest day spas, Escape Day Spa & Salon. In 2011, my husband's work moved us to Knoxville, TN and then Asheville, NC. I returned to Nashville with my husband and two children in 2014 and we are here to stay! In the summer of 2014, I had the opportunity to once again start my own business and set up a space inside the beautiful Curvy Yoga Nashville studio. This was a wonderful experience and I could not be more thankful for my time there. Over the recent years I have transitioned to focusing on corporate massage, then added in work as a massage birth assistant/doula and have loved taking my work to such a personal level. While I am not currently offering birth services, I am currently focusing on women's wellness in the form of house calls for Swedish and deep tissue massage sessions.
Many people ask why I decided to become a massage therapist. There are a variety of experiences that led me to this career, but there are two factors that have played the largest roles. My mom has always loved massage and started paying me at a young age to massage her feet. My mom and I would watch Anne of Green Gables and I would sometimes massage her feet for the whole movie. Massage has been part of my life for as long as I can remember!
During my teenage years, I was given the opportunity to visit AidChild, an amazing home for orphaned children with AIDS in Uganda. This home was started by a friend of my family and has had a beautiful impact on so many lives. I was able to visit three times over the course of 5 years and left feeling especially impressed with the power of positive human touch on these kids. Not only were they given nutritious food, medication, shelter, and an education, but they were also hugged, hi-fived, patted on the back, and kissed on the cheek. It is easy to take such human interactions for granted and forget how important they are. Seeing this impact made me want to use it in my every day life. All of this naturally came together to bring me to massage school after my high school graduation. I have loved this career from the start and am so thankful for the honor of working on my wonderful clients!
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