We had the good fortune of connecting with Candace Machado and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Candace, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My thought process for starting my own business started with my experience in the mental health field. I have been in the mental health field for the last 16 years and it had come to my attention that mental health is a whole body system and if we are going to assist people we have to start looking at the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual sides of people. When I started to observe the shift in my thought process I envisioned what was needed to support others along their journey and that is how Theraexpressions Meditation was built. We have four pillars in Thera that define the areas that we address: Meditation, Mental Health, Yoga, and Ayurveda. With these pillars we target the whole person through compassion, support, patience, and understanding. Our focus is to deconstruct the root causes and help the individual person commit to themselves.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Theraexpressions Meditation started in a small orange corner of the world. I started out on my own personal journey 7 years ago when I had signed up for a retreat. It was the first time I had truly considered taking care of myself. I knew I was missing something in my life at that moment. I was a woman searching for something that I didn’t fully understand at the time. I was at a crossroads in my life professionally and personally. That crossroads led me to a retreat where I needed to figure out who I was and what I wanted. That retreat changed my life and opened up the doorway for Thera to be born. Thera was born out of a sheer understanding that “talk therapy” is not enough and if we are going to impact lives I would need to build the experience that I felt at my own retreat. In the beginning, it was difficult to navigate my vision of what I wanted Thera to be and it took several years of mistakes, challenges, and attempts at everything to figure out what Thera really needed to be. It needed to be a place of safety, security, support and most of all commitment to self. Through all of the lessons that I learned the biggest lesson for Thera was building the community up while surrounding yourself with a team of people that love the company as much as I do. My relationships with others is what makes the community stronger and healthier.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend was visiting we would be going to the mountains and embracing mother nature. We would be camping, meditating, doing yoga, and sharing space with one another. The best gift you can give yourself is the art of doing nothing with those you love.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There have been many people along the way that have supported the journey with Thera. To my husband Herver, my photographer, videographer, soul mate, and best friend. You have always supported my love of helping others and have followed me on this wild ride. To my mom who has always cheered me on with everything I pursue. To Miranda and Keisha my right hand ladies of Thera, you both keep Thera and our community supported. To my Theracommunity, without your support Thera would not exist. I am forever greatful for the countless people that have graced my presence and have allowed me to follow my dreams.
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