Sherry Weldon is the owner and massage therapist of My 360 Massage.
Interview by Shoutout LA – April 2021
How did you start your own business?
I have always wanted to be an entrepreneur. I feel I was built for it in every way and had the tenacity and grit to build a successful business. Early on, I didn’t have a clear picture where this journey would take me, however after many years of working in many therapeutic practices, such as chiropractors, medical spas, salons, private gyms and day spas, to name a few, I always fell back on my own mobile private practice in the beginning. When my own clients gained in numbers, I was able to completely 100% mobilize m business and offer massage therapy in Orange County, CA. I was a mobile therapist for almost 20 years, until about 2015. I noticed a shift. Most of my clients were moving on, retiring out of state, or moved due to a job loss/gain, so my client base was slowly diminishing. After working in the industry for a couple of decades, it was time to “plant some roots” and I finally settled in and , what felt like starting from scratch at a new brick and mortar in Lake Forest, California. I have been at this location for about 5 years and look forward to working in a place of serenity, and being of service to others.
For those in the Orange County area, please familiarize us with your business and tell us more!
Each day I wake up, I have the opportunity to serve God and be the person He wants me to be. I honestly give Him all the glory for placing this career on my heart. To some, this might sound cliché’ but it is the honest truth. I live with abundance and the ability to give to others. I am so fortunate to have the best “job” in the world, although when you love what you do, it’s not really a job, right? My most important accomplishment is passing the National Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork exam. This was a culmination of Eastern and Western ideologies. This certification is recognized by most licensing agencies in the U.S. My 360 Massage provides the care you need, at reasonable prices and strives to exceed expectations, not just once, but on a regular basis. Each massage is customized and there are no upcharges for hot stones, Gua Sha treatments, Cupping therapy, or essential oils. I believe each client should have the care they need and offer discounts as a thank you for their business and support. I believe I have to earn my clients’ trust as well as their business. My clients continue to use my services, on average, for 8 years. I been in business for 25, so turnover is minimal and the massage therapy I provide is consistent and therapeutic.
Who else helped you with your entrepreneurial journey?
As my second career, I do hold much of what I learned, in my corporate career in high regard. My initial thoughts were to study medicine and make a living after graduating from UCI Medical. But God had other plans for me. While I have an extreme fascination with the human body, I also recognize my gift to help others, and that is when I discovered Massage Therapy. My corporate career allowed me to understand computer tech and financial programs, and I was able to approach my business with the same earnestness and strategies to be a successful entrepreneur. My “calling” was clear after progressing through my first 100 hours of massage education at the California College of Physical Arts (CAL COPA), and I’ve never looked back.
Massage Therapy continues to grow being the third most requested Complementary and Alternative Practice only after Chiropractic and relaxation techniques according to the American Massage Therapy Association, California Chapter (AMTA-CA), and the fifth largest health related profession in California according to the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP).
Sherry is wonderful and regularly massages my daughter and I. I’m in the spa business, and have many massages. She is not only a great therapist but highly professional. Will never go back to random places with questionable quality therapists. Ellen C.
Swedish Massage Technician Certification
Foot Reflexology Certification
Advanced Pre-Perinatal Massage Therapy
Sports Massage including Deep Tissue Massage and Trigger Point Therapy Certification
Medical Massage Certification
Orthopedic Massage Certification
Lymphatic Drainage Certification
Craniosacral Therapy Certification
Thai Table Massage Certification
Nationally Board Certified Massage Therapist
CAMTC State Certified Massage Therapist
doTERRA Consumer Wellness Advocate