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Our Summer Theme is Fear!

Feel the ease in Fear

You might be thinking that it’s odd that I would choose fear for our summer theme. It’s the season of blue skies and sunshine! But life isn’t always sunny with rainbows and lollipops. So when times feel dark and a cloud is hanging over, face that fear and “you must do the thing you think you cannot do” as Eleanor Roosevelt says.

Start small, slow and build your way up. Practicing “facing your fears” on your own terms will not only help you overcome your known fears, but it will prepare you for when fear pops it’s ugly head when you least expect it. Practice feeling ease in the face of fear.

“Exposure is hands down the most successful way to deal with phobias, anxiety disorders, and everyday fears of any sort,” says neuroscientist Philippe Goldin. “Simply repeatedly exposing ourselves to the thing we’re afraid of — ideally in a positive way — gradually brings down the physiologic fear response until it’s gone, or at least manageable.”

When I first started writing these quarterly newsletters, it created a lot of anxiety and stress for me. Writing is not my forte! Even though I had the support of the TL team with their incredible write-ups, I would still question every new season why I intentionally put myself through these unpleasant feelings. I knew deep down, it was good for me, I still didn’t like it, but now I am glad I did and I feel I have really grown from this experience. I now look forward to each new season because my fear response to writing has greatly diminished. I hope you enjoy and learn from our newsletters as much as I do.

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Therapy Lounge’s founder and owner Megan Evans

The story of how Therapy Lounge got started began with fear..

Almost 14 years ago, I did the scariest thing I’ve ever done: I moved from a small town in Northern Ontario to the big city of Toronto. Luckly, I landed in the Beach. I’m so happy to have found an active, friendly community that made me feel at home.

After working as an RMT at another clinic for four years, I decided to open my own at the age of 26. With my husband’s support, I searched for the perfect space and found the home of Therapy Lounge. Taking on such a large space, with 4 treatment rooms, was scary at first, as I alone was the only practitioner! But over time I’ve hired many amazing practitioners and watched them grow and help the business grow in turn. This is our 10th year and we are looking forward to so many more!

The most rewarding aspect of running my own business is creating jobs for like-minded health practitioners and offering the community diverse, natural forms of healing. Sure it’s scary being responsible for the success of people other than yourself, but if I didn’t intentionally scare myself, face fear and take that chance, I wouldn’t be writing this today.

As an entrepreneur, it’s important that I always grow and learn, and I want Therapy Lounge to continue to grow and evolve healthily and happily. I believe in emphasizing quality care over quantity. Things are going so well, and I’m lucky to have such a loyal, dedicated team and YOU our clients that also helps me and Therapy Lounge grow.

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Walking by Fresh Collective and I caught my own eye!

My latest “face the fear” was just last month, when I was approached by Fresh Collective to feature in their Style Profile. A jeans and t-shirt kind of girl.. out of her comfort zone!

This is what they had to say..

Today’s #torontobeaches #FCStyleProfile features yet another #fitness rock star, Megan Evans!

Megan is a registered #massagetherapist, #reflexologist, #kickboxing instructor, and the proud owner of Therapy Lounge on Queen Street East in the Beaches! Her Therapy Lounge team specializes in a variety of skilled services that will relax and invigorate you, including #acupuncture, #thaimassage, #hotstonemassage, #craniosacral therapy, #reiki, and even nutritional counselling!

Being a “jeans and t-shirt kind of girl,” we were excited to dress Megan up and down in a variety of cute and casual summer styles. She tried on a number of pieces by NadiaLloydTO, Lola Jeans, Desserts and Skirts, Cherry Bobin, It Fitz Me, Curious Oddities and others!

To learn more about Megan and to check out what else she has to offer you at Therapy Lounge, or to see what else she tried on at our FreshCollective boutique, visit our blog.

Shop local and check out Fresh Collective in the beach! The clothing is so soft and comfortable, and the best part is it’s Canadian designed and made. The clothing is so versatile, because you can dress up or down any outfit. Every outfit they chose was a perfect first time fit.

I wish you a happy, healthy summer filled with fear and growth. I dare you!