With nearly 20 years of experience under her belt, massage therapist Veronica Galinda-Rios will be providing Alive + Well guests and clients health and healing through her work in massage and energy modalities. Her approach to her work aligns magnificently with our mission to provide an integrative, whole health wellness experience to the community we serve. We couldn't be more excited to have Veronica as part of our team!
Tell us about your background as a massage therapist & areas of focus.
As a child, my whole family always used the healing power of touch when one of us was not feeling well. When I entered the workforce as a respiratory therapist, I would massage co-workers, most of whom worked 12-hour shifts and cared for so many that were ill. Their feedback about my massage was encouraging, and when I became pregnant, I decided, for various reasons, to pursue massage as a career. I enrolled in massage therapy school and graduated when I was eight months pregnant. In 2003, I was hired by the same hospital where I previously practiced respiratory therapy to provide all new moms a complimentary 15-minute massage in their hospital bed, a gesture to show appreciation for choosing our hospital.
While at a convention in 2010, I was introduced to Ashiatsu barefoot massage. I was so taken by the depth of massage and its therapeutic power that I attended every class level that was offered. I absolutely fell in love with the work. When we moved to Austin two years later, I worked at a world-renowned spa, which allowed me to learn all about massage in the spa world. I also worked at a sports spa for Club Corp where my focus became sports / therapeutic massage.
My quest for knowledge has led me to become a Marconics Energy Practitioner, which creates an opportunity for you to merge with higher aspects of self. Marconic Energy is a full spectrum, multidimensional healing modality in which your etheric and physical bodies are being re-tuned, re-structured and re-calibrated to survive and thrive in higher dimensions. It is the human upgrade.
What are the common issues clients are wanting to address when they visit you?
Many of my clients are looking for relaxation, as well as relief from physical aches and pain and the mental overload from everyday life. Those that are searching, find me for energy work as well.
In your opinion, what role does massage therapy play in health and wellness?
As my life's work, I believe massage is of utmost importance in one's health and wellness. It can positively affect well-being, reduce pain, reduce stress and anxiety, influence movement of the lymphatic system, and nourish the skin. I have dedicated my career and passion for learning to expanding my knowledge of massage so I can have several tools in my belt to share with my clients.
What most excites you about being part of the team at Alive + Well, where practitioners from multiple disciplines are working together to contribute to a guest’s health & wellness?
I am so excited to join Alive + Well, where my clients can be helped with their issues by so many talented and diverse professionals. Although I wholeheartedly believe in the healing power of massage, it is only one aspect of a person's journey to health. The human body is truly a miracle, and with so many miracles occurring on so many levels, it is impossible for one health care provider to have all the answers. At Alive + Well, with our diverse and knowledgeable staff working together as your health care team, you can be assured you will be on the right path to your overall health and wellness.
Who/what inspires you?
I am inspired by philanthropists. I enjoy surrounding myself with those who are wiser than I am and have a passion for sharing that knowledge in ways that make people feel inspired to better themselves. Everyone has a unique gift that has been bestowed upon them, and it is our innate calling to share those gifts. By bettering ourselves and sharing our gifts, we better the experience for everyone here in this world.
What’s your favorite indulgence?
One of my favorite indulgences is fine dining. Give me some delicious, creative food and drink in a beautiful outdoor atmosphere with friends by my side and I am one happy camper.
Aside from massage, what’s your favorite self-care habit?
Besides receiving massage, one of my favorite self-care habits is unwinding in an essential oil bubble bath and salt soak with candles. I also enjoy journaling. Recently I began trying my luck at gardening. We shall see.