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Meet Claire Johnson and Rosie Martins of The Body Remedy in Kearny Mesa

Today we’d like to introduce you to Claire Johnson and Rosie Martins.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Claire and Rosie. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Rosie started the business in spring (April) of 2017 as a complete mobile operation. With a background as a Certified Athletic Trainer working with collegiate track/cross country and aquatic athletes (University of the Pacific, University of Kansas, Pennsylvania State University); San Diego was a natural place for organic growth as it is a Mecca of health and wellness in Southern California. Even though marketing was only by word of mouth, business grew quickly and it didn’t take long to need some backup. I had previously worked with Claire, and we remained good friends doing many continuing education courses together. Claire also has a background in sports medicine as a massage therapist as well as a collegiate athlete (Rowing @ Kansas State University). We had talked many times about the possibility of doing something together but it was always more of a “someday” that we jokingly tossed around. But in the fall of 2018, we decided to take the plunge, partner up, and get a brick and mortar set up so we could “divide and conquer”. October 2018 we hit the ground running and its been great. We have been able to partner up with other people in the community for events – Coeur Triathlon camp, Challenged Athletes Foundation’s Million Dollar Challenge Ride (Organized by Cyclists Massage), and Amgen Tour of California (Organized by Carmichael Training Systems) and continue to grow with some exciting opportunities coming this summer and fall.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Yes and no. Our growth has felt very organic. We didn’t rush into anything or force it, we wanted it to be very natural. That being said, the business side of things has been somewhat challenging, but having great communication has made a world of difference. Rosie takes on more of the administrative duties while Claire runs the day to day in the office. We both have a lot of education, however, I don’t think we were highly focused in any business classes so that was slightly daunting to get set up. Even just picking a name! Then finding an office space, the management of scheduling, supplies, who to call when the power goes out… A lot of things you take for granted when you are not in charge. What we have learned however is that the toughest part is just starting a task, after you get the ball rolling momentum takes over and it is not as intimidating.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about The Body Remedy – what should we know?
The Body Remedy is a massage therapy and wellness company. We are definitely more sports-focused as we both have a passion for anatomy/physiology/kinesiology. We believe that everybody is different; therefore every massage should be different and tailored for the needs of the individual. Being that massage is such a personal experience we both make our best effort to develop a connection with our clients so that we can best help them. Many times what people hold on to mentally and emotionally will manifest itself in a physical way. Make no mistake we are not in any way trained or licensed psychologists and do not claim to be. But we make a point to get to know our clients so that we can help them in the best way possible. We feel this is what helps to set us apart, approaching massage as a true therapeutic treatment.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
We are constantly humbled by the trust our clients put in us, Their loyalty in following us wherever we go speaks volumes, along with their nonstop encouragement as we navigate our way through the twists and turns of business ownership. Especially our athletes who depend on their bodies to be in peak performance. Through great organizations like Cyclist Massage, KSU and CTS we have been able to work with many professional and Olympic level athletes who inspire us to up our standards and quality to match theirs. Also the partnerships we have developed in the community, personal trainers like Markus at “Defined by Markus” and Jeff at “Rise Athletics”, physical therapists like Dave at “One Nine Physical Therapy” as well as all of the other fantastic bodyworkers we have had the pleasure to learn alongside and work with; Kristi at “San Diego Athlete Massage”, Keoni at “Keoni Massage”, Calvin at “Catalyst Physical Therapy”

Contact Info:

  • Address: 8334 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Suite 201
    San Diego, CA 92111
  • Website: www.thebodyremedysd.com
  • Phone: 858-900-4240
  • Email: info@thebodyremedysd.com

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