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Pizza shop manager to massage therapist and business owner is quite the switch, but it is one Brandilyn Jobe never second-guessed.
“Before I went to school for massage therapy, I managed the Domino’s for several years. And if you’ve ever worked in foodservice, you know it is very busy and very stressful,” Jobe said. “It was very hectic and one day I decided I didn’t want to do it anymore. I thought what could I do that was the exact opposite of what I was doing and I came up with massage therapy.”
The 25-year-old Bailey native attended a massage therapy workshop in Raleigh and was hooked. She enrolled in Miller-Motte College in Greenville, surpassing the state requirement of 500 hours of class time by 450 hours plus another 140 hours of clinical training before graduating with a 4.0 GPA.
She started working at Skin Sense, a Raleigh day spa, before opting to branch out on her own. She leased space inside Southern Roots Salon in June, but recently moved to Cato Family Chiropractic at 2000 Nash St. N., Suite E. for a more relaxing atmosphere for her clients.
“I decided the best way to be where I wanted to be in life was to work for myself,” she said. “I really want to have that personal relationship with my clients and a lot of the clients who come into the spa are there more for a birthday gift or a special treat.
“I really want to focus on people who come in regularly, who want to better balance their lifestyle and get help with stress relief.”
Jobe works two days a week at Skin Sense and sees clients on Nash Street from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, 2 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays as well as by special appointment.
“I like to focus on the areas that are caused by stress,” she said. “Whether it is just everyday craziness or people who are at a computer or in traffic all the time, stress can cause neck aches and headaches and other pain that can be helped with massage therapy.”
Appointments can be scheduled by calling Jobe at 252-469-4282, visiting facebook.com/BrandilynJobeLMBT/ or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I love to read and it sounds weird, but doing so introduces you to different characters from different walks of life,” she said. “It also allows me to feel more compassion and empathy for people. Anyone can do a massage, but not everyone can really feel where their clients are coming from, but I can, and I think that is what sets me apart.”
Christmas is 10 weeks away, so many local businesses and national retailers are working to bolster their staffing.
One such retailer is Dunham’s Sports, which recently announced a push to hire part-time seasonal associates at more than 230 stores across 22 states. Visit qhire.net/dunhamsholiday to apply.
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