Today we’d like to introduce you to Laura Fontana.
Laura, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My story, well, like most, my whole story doesn’t fit in this little box, but I have become an expert at summing things up. I am nobody and everybody. I have the honor and privilege of touching people every day and I get to hear their stories and ease their stresses. I get to know and love humans in an intimate way that most people don’t, and that thought is full filling and saddens me.
My title at this point in my life is Massage Therapist or Holistic Health Practitioner, but we all wear many hats don’t we? Through much struggle and heartache, I’ve also been called a teacher, I am forever a student. I train traditional Kung Fu and Qigong under Master Chan Yong Fa. I love singing, even dabble in a professional realm. I’ve been running my own business for almost 10 years, I’m finally starting to feel like an Entrepreneur.
My educational path: Grant Elementary, Saint Vincent de Paul, Point Loma High, UC Santa Barbara Meuller College of Holistic Studies. Experiential milestones: I taught English in Taiwan, worked for the San Diego Unified School District Special Education and the San Diego Center for Children. Began training with Chan Family Choy Lee Fut.
I’ve had and still have wonderful teachers, and the underlying principle that has gotten me where I am today, through the rough patches, and will continue to pave my future, is that I’ve always followed my heart.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Some might disagree with me on this, but nothing extraordinary ever happens on a smooth road. An exclusively smooth road is a rare thing in this life! I’m currently on a smooth part of the road, it’s greatly appreciated! It is always through the struggles that we grow and find ourselves. Mine include but are not limited to, the physical pain of significant injury from bicycle accidents on the streets of San Diego. I was born and raised here… it’s not exactly bicycle rider friendly.
A few years ago I got too close to death with a rare blood clot condition and emergency surgery, hospitalization changes you. Or should I say, gives you the option to change your perspective? I learned that to become a good healer I would have to heal myself.
Family troubles, relationship troubles, money… non-existent at times. Through the pain and suffering can we emerge, grateful? Gratitude is the key to self-healing. And respect for ourselves and each other’s struggles. I love my lessons, and I am especially grateful to my teachers and friends who have supported me to become stronger in helping others.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Healing Hearts Massage and Wellness – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
My business is growing, but fluctuating as I develop as a practitioner and areas I focus my energy, largely influenced on my clients needs as well. As a sole proprietor, massage therapy, basic Swedish, deep tissue/trigger point therapy is foundational.
My continued study in massage applications of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Kung Fu and Qigong breathing and energy work is what keeps things interesting. I’m trained in Tui Na, Chi Nei Tsang, and other eastern therapy modalities, but most importantly, I’ve experienced profound healing in using aromatherapy and emotional release techniques with essential oils, personally and with my clientele.
I tend to combine several aspects into the sessions, customized per customer to the best of my ability. I like to think that my job is to help the helpers, help better and from the heart center. I am a self-heal advocate. Universally speaking, nothing can set me apart from others, I just tend to ask different questions and focus on my own heart work too.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I plan to continue growing and building with my partner, Sifu Thomas Fuhr, our school and healing clinic. I will continue to do bodywork but my future focus, for the preservation of my hands, is to teach more classes and host events for holistic health.
The facility where I currently run my massage practice also provides studio space where we teach Qi Gong classes. And our organization hosts and participates in international seminars, I plan to continue training and traveling more. I’ve been fortunate to attend seminars in Montreal and Sydney, next heading to China.
Also, I am excited for the part of my business that is growing as an Executive with Young Living Essential Oils. I’m part of a great team of health advocates, the Aroma Tribe, whose work sharing the healing potential of plant-based lifestyle allows for growth and awareness toward healing the planet and humanitarian projects. I plan to continue on this purpose-driven course, and I am excited for all of what that includes.
- Massage sessions $80/hr or $65 with a commitment to package or monthly membership
- Qi Gong classes $25/ or $85 monthly
- Website: https://www.massagebook.com/SAN_DIEGO~Massage~healing-hearts-massage-and-wellness
- Phone: 6199942330
- Email: email@example.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/laurashealingtouch/