I met Tara over a year ago at a Be Well Event to connect women in the wellness space in Portland, Maine. She was offering massages and energy work for the attendees. Tara was low key – not trying to be the center of attention, making her space cozy and comfortable, and simply sweet. There was a lot going on at the event, several women wanting to connect, share, learn more about social media and wellness. I was in a mental space of comsuming. Portland felt new to me, I had just landed my job at Athleta, and I distinctly remember feeling impressed with Tara.
Impressed meaning I could sense her authenticity and soft confidence. I could see her physical strength as a massage therapist and mental strength as a local business owner. And then I learned her age and was doubly impressed. Not that someone young can’t have the success she has, but it IS rare. She is a rare bird, and I love that.
She’s been paving her way and following her heart for a long time. When I asked her, during an outfitting at Athleta, “Why do you enjoy being a massage therapist?” she replied, “I love making people feel good.” She’s been following her passion since she was 10 and you can tell she is happy and in love with life. It’s a wonderful thing to be around someone like that.
Read more on Tara below!
Name: Tara Evelyn
Location: Portland, Maine
Occupation: Owner of Health Resonates, head massage therapist and aesthetician.
On her nightstand: Latest read, gua sha stone, facial oil and eye pillow.
Random item in your bag right now: All natural deodorant, too many journals, more facial oils.
What book do you always recommend to people: Anything by Ken Follett. I love history and the human condition.
What does your self care/love routine look like? Morning meditation, bi-weekly bodywork or energy work, regular baths with all the relaxing smells and products, and alone time. I do a lot of deep emotional and physical work on others most days, so when I’m not working I’m decompressing.
Describe your fitness/movement routine: I have to say most of my fitness is while giving Ashiatsu massage. With Ashiatsu I massage with my feet, holding myself up (doing lots of pull ups) by bars on the ceiling, above my massage table. between this and deep tissue massage I usually “work out” 15-20 hours a week. If I have a slow week or need something to offset the my work day I tend to jump into a yoga class or go to Dynamics for a HITT class.
How long have you been in the wellness business? I became a Polarity therapist and massage therapist in 2011, shortly followed by becoming licensed in Aesthetics. Growing up my mother managed a resort spa down the road, and I had the luxury of being a stand in every time a new employee needed training. I started receiving regular massage and energy work at the age of 10.