This post was contributed by Accunect Connect Instructor Laura Freix
When Heather Rizzo, co-founder of the Joyful Healing Playground in Monona, Wisconsin, was trying to decide how she wanted to earn her massage CEs, she decided on Accunect.
After having an Accunect session with me, and learning a little bit more about it, she was really intrigued. “When you told me the course had gotten certified for CEs, it was a no-brainer for me.” she shared. “Accunect has exceeded my expectations and it’s only been six months.” Heather, continued enthusiastically.
You can watch an interview with Laura and Heather on YouTube here.
Heather’s thriving waiting list practice, known as Return to Balance, includes a laundry list of modalities that she pulls out of her toolbox when working with clients. She is a licensed massage therapist, Access Bars™ practitioner, as well as a HeartIQ™ Coach, and most recently added Accunect® to her list of credentials.
She could only take on a handful of new clients each year and was physically maxed out, so when Accunect came along it fit the bill. She integrates it into her practice by doing a single balance at the beginning of each massage.
“It’s part of the session now because it just creates a really beautiful foundation for the other work … so we’re not dealing with so much of the surface tension and stress they carry with them when they first walk through the door.”
“People are wanting to know more and schedule sessions, so I’m just over the moon right now!” This has also enabled her to maximize her time as she finds that she has the energy to see more clients doing Accunect. “I feel like my income cap and contribution has been released.” She added.
Another thing that was surprising to her was how quickly that she would be using Accunect in her practice. Heather offered Accunect sessions to a client who had broken her hip the first week after the class. Her client loved it, and the client’s physical therapist was amazed by the swift recovery. Another client, who recently moved out of the area, is so grateful that they can continue to work together with distance Accunect sessions.
What Heather did not anticipate was the impact that Accunect would have on her personal life. She uses the SelfCare balance daily, and finds it supports her in staying grounded, which allows her to better serve her clients.
Using the KISS routine for emergencies, she helped her husband recover from a nasty bike crash; and her 6-year-old daughter survive a bee sting and multiple other bumps and bruises.
She recounts the beautiful relationship that her daughter now has with the “magic tapping”:
“We got her a big girl bike a couple of months ago and she had some pretty gnarly crashes. …I did some balances on her, and she just got back up on her bike. When she’s feeling off, she’ll come up to me and say: “Do the magic tapping on me … It helps me feel more calm.”"
“I just want to say one more thing…” Heather piped in as the interview was coming to a close. “As a mom, I feel like I have this tool in my toolbox that is always with me. And, there’s just something that really brings me peace of mind and is empowering about that.”
“I agree,” I responded. “My kids are grown and I still get calls … Mom, can you do a session?” And I’ve been a mom at heart my whole life, so I love being able to still “be the mom” even from far away … It feels really good.”
Flash forward ahead seven months after taking the Connect class. At an event, Heather decided to offer 10 minute mini-balancing sessions, where she previously offered chair massages. Individuals who received the sessions offered generous tips, because they found the experience to be deeply moving, accessing something deep inside of them. The organizers were so pleased with the outcome that they asked her to send them an invoice for $200 and have requested that she come back again for the rest of the year in a new paid position.
I am looking forward to hearing many more stories like this one.