Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Christie Szpyrka, Founder of Reaching Better Alternatives, located in Philadelphia, PA, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

I am a Holistic Health practitioner offering massage, holistic coaching, and various forms of energy work as well as Tarot and Astrology. I like working with people who experience chronic pain and helping them get to the bottom of where the pain is coming from, and teaching them how to alleviate their chronic pain.

Tell us about yourself

During massage school, I discovered my love of anatomy and became a self-dubbed "muscle nerd." The human body is like a puzzle, and every puzzle is different and unique. I love teaching people about their bodies. I wholeheartedly believe that once we understand what's going on with ourselves, our ability to tap into the body's ability to heal itself becomes much stronger. I love learning as much as possible about how to heal ourselves through yoga, breathwork, and understanding our psyche through personality tests like the Myers Briggs, the enneagram, and other tools like astrology and human design. As I continue along my own healing journey, I am able to bring that level of understanding and healing to my clients.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

My biggest accomplishment is the ability to teach people how to heal themselves. There is no greater sense of satisfaction than hearing someone tell me how much their life has changed as a result of what they have learned through working with me. Giving someone the gift of understanding which results in them deepening their own ability to heal themselves, is priceless.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

Learning how to market myself so that I can find the right clients. The work I offer is not for everyone, but everyone needs help in some form or fashion. It's very tempting to work with any person who comes my way, but that does not serve someone who isn't looking for what it is that I have to offer.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Stay true to yourself and what you believe in.
  2. Stay true to your personal boundaries.
  3. Don't give up if it doesn't work the first time.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

Modern medicine has saved countless lives and definitely has a place. But getting to know yourself and your body can be far more effective than most medications. When holistic healing can be combined with modern medical knowledge, amazing things can happen.

Where can people find you and your business?


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