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Meet Trisha Huszka of OB Massage in Ocean Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Trisha Huszka.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I grew up in Connecticut. I had already been receiving massage therapy. I was a landscaper, waitress, and bartender while going to school to finish my bachelor’s degree in biology. In my last year of school, I contracted Lyme’s Disease. I was in bed 20 hours per day. My neurological symptoms were so bad I was exhausted, in extreme pain all the time and couldn’t function mentally. I wanted to see the massage therapist it was too painful. She suggested I come for Reiki (energy work). I had received it for injuries and noticed an immediate difference. After the first treatment I felt like a new person. I continued treatments until I finally decided to learn for myself. By 2001, I had received all 3 levels to become a Reiki Master. I was also practicing mixed martial arts and learning Qi Gong.

Before my 30th birthday, I had been thinking of moving but didn’t know where. My Martial Arts instructor was moving to Arizona so I thought I’d check it out and go there or move to NYC. I had been working at New York sports club in CT trying to build my personal training practice, assistant teaching Martial Arts and Qi Gong and bartending at a place called the Dive Bar in NYC. One of the bar clients said “you should go to San Diego. You would love it!” The following August 2002 I packed my car with 1 cat, 3 ferrets and a bunch of stuff and did the drive. Within a year, I felt compelled to go to massage therapy school.

No, I didn’t love to rub people, it actually made me really uncomfortable but I felt it was something I needed to do. I went to the International Professional School of Bodywork and received my Holistic Health Practitioner’s license in 2004. I began my practice working for chiropractors, med spas and private clients. In 2011, my father passed away and I decided it was time to be a full-time therapist. I quit bartending completely and opened this location.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I have chronic Lyme’s Disease and arthritis in my spine and shoulder. I’ve done a multitude of Fun possibly dumb stuff to cause more injuries such as mixed martial arts, rugby, surfing, skateboarding, and roller-skating. This is also what attracted me to this work. I had seen an amazing therapist, Catherine Lucia, since I was 17. She worked on me regularly and taught me my second level Reiki.

When I started the office, my father had just passed away. I got home from the funeral and thought NO Way!!! I’ll just keep working out of my apartment. I don’t need the added stress. As I looked through my mail I found a card from one of my clients. I had told her about looking at the office space before my father passed. In the card, she told me how thankful she was for being a massage therapist and she knew my father would be so proud of me for taking the jump and growing my practice. I started sobbing! It still makes me cry thinking of it every time. I knew then that regardless of having no money I needed to make this office happen. My father hated that I bartended (old school Catholic) and wanted me to stop. That moment I promised to give up bartending and put all my energy into my healing practice. I made a few phone calls and with the help of friends and family I got the money and the labor to build OB Massage. One year after opening I met a beautiful Brazilian man, Marcos, and got married 3 months later. Major challenges are learning to run a business while having a full-time healing practice and still having fun.

Practicing what I preach about balance, taking care of yourself and your responsibilities while still enjoying your life has probably been the biggest challenge.

OB Massage – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
OB Massage is a massage therapy practice owned and operated by therapists. We strive to give people quality care at a reasonable price.

Most of my clients are local, some of which have been with me since 2003. I try to teach new therapist how to do what I do. Be professional, consider the client’s needs always and cater their sessions to that. I guarantee the massages given at the office. If someone isn’t happy I want to know. We are all learning no matter how long we’ve been practicing.

The most important thing to me is making sure people feel heard and help them receive the care they are looking for as well as what will help. Sometimes people learn ways of doing things that could be making their conditions worse. Each therapist uses their experience and the experience of the other therapist to help find the best course of action for each person at each visit.

I also offer different styles of energy work for healing your body and mind as well as your existence. Reiki, Qi Gong, Aromatherapy and meditation classes are offered. House clearings and blessings may be performed by me personally or I will teach clients how to do that for themselves. This is used in cases of trauma, transition, or unwanted influences or energies in a building.

We strive to heal and educate. Helping people to find different avenues to heal themselves.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
This year, we passed our 6 year anniversary of the office, 15years as a massage therapist and my 16th anniversary as a Reiki Master. With the help of my husband Marcos Vilasboas and Michael Bearden (one of the top therapists), I have been able to see my family and enjoy my home life more. I’m extremely blessed to be able to be practicing for this long. Most therapists stop after a few years.

Pricing:

  • Our prices run between $70 -$95/hour depending upon the service.

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Image Credit:
Michael Bearden Photography
Elka Yoga
Marcos Vilasboas

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