We had the good fortune of connecting with Javona “Jovi” Bee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Javona “Jovi”, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
There was a gap, almost like a disconnect, with clients between sessions. I wanted to build relationships and communities. I wanted to provide clients with self-care between their sessions. The companies I worked for did not align with the vision I had for the type of massage therapy I wanted to do, so I started my own business. Also, I wanted to be able to connect with clients on a deeper level. I wanted to be able to sit and talk with them before and after the session to better understand who they are, what their physical kneads are, and their stressors.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Not to sounds cliche, but what set me apart from others is there’s no other person like me. There’s no other Jovi. It was not easy to reach this part of my professional journey. I had to overcome imposter syndrome, outside critique, and “fear”. However, I am proud that I have overcame that. Also, feeling like I was alone, like no one understood my vision was challenging. Then I came to realize they did not understand it because it was not for them to get! I am grateful that they supported me when needed.
I want the world to know that A Kneaded Touch, LLC was created to be an osais for individuals to unplug and recharge. A Kneaded Touch, LLC provides customized massage therapy and yoga sessions to help clients move pain-free and achieve optimal mobility.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
A Kneaded Touch, LLC wouldn’t exist if not for my momma. Thank you, mom, for encouraging me to give massage therapy school a chance. Thank you to my brother and sister for allowing me to test new products and techniques on you. Thank you, Gramps for teaching me the importance of education and being my true self. I am grateful for my support system-family, friends, and clients- they had all uplifted me when I kneaded it the most. “Who heals the healer?” is a rhetorical question I started asking myself after realizing I was closed off to allowing others to help me.
It’s essential to have a tribe/community that uplifts you.
Michelle Robertson @ShotsbyMimi