What do you do?
Cynthia Maniscalco

Where do you work and what is your title?
       Azure Mind Body Therapeutic Massage. I am a registered massage therapist and the business owner.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
       I create a relaxing and tranquil environment while employing a variety of massage modalities that help people return function and mobility to bodies that have been overused or injured.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
       I have been doing massage therapy for almost two years and opened my business on the Westside in November 2011.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
       The best part of my work is when people come in with aching shoulders, hips, etc. and tell me how surprised they are to have their range of motion returned and to feel less pain after their treatment(s).
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
       To change the public perspective that massage therapy is nothing more than a “glorified back rub,” as an individual once told me who had never experienced its health benefits.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
       That would have to be the amount of care required for my own body to keep up with this type of physical work. Exercising/stretching, weight training, yoga, meditation and going for a massage on a regular basis to ease my hard-working muscles have made me stronger and healthier, and ultimately that helps with the quality of my work.
What makes working on the Westside special?
       Going to the office I have a view of the mountains being lit by the morning sun, large trees lining the streets, people enjoying walking, bike riding and seeing the other businesses opening for the day. All this makes me feel grateful and fortunate to work in such a beautiful area.

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