We had the good fortune of connecting with Courtney Besser and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Courtney, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I have always been drawn to the arts even as a child. I thank my mom for supporting me and guiding me in that direction because I was for sure a “last picked for sports in PE class” kind of gal all through school. I grew up taking dance classes, playing the piano and flute, and was involved in all the musicals in high school and college. I was also a dance major in college and danced professionally and taught dance in Chicago, so I. just always felt that going the non traditional route was how I thrived. Fast forward to me going to massage school in Chicago because I was always drawn to anatomy and kinesiology from dancing. And now 15yrs later, I still love it because I get to work with people in a unique way and also help them to feel better, My background has really helped me become an entrepreneur and start my business because you take risks, rely on your flexibility of going with the flow when issues come up, and you need to be adaptable and think out of the box to make yourself stand out and attract clients. I love to still learn new things and like to pursue multiple interests. I enjoy that I can still be creative and inspired by teaching Reiki infused yoga with sound healing and offer integrative massage with Reiki and intuitive guidance. My business Intune Wellness offers massage, Reiki, and yoga, Even now with the pandemic, there is this adaptability factor of how to create offerings that resonate with what you do online. I’m drawing on my background again to get creative in developing new offerings online for next year.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Intune Wellness provides integrative massage, Reiki energy work, and yoga instruction. What sets me apart? Well living in Denver, I am one of the few Black, women owned wellness businesses that offers what I do. My background in dance and being artistic and creative as well as my longevity in my massage career sets me apart. I learned a lot with my experience of working at Four Seasons Denver Spa for 9yrs. Working with high end guests at the spa encouraged my confidence and leadership in my craft, but also customer service and all the back of house information in running a spa. I am most proud of taking the leap of faith and investing my energy in Intune Wellness during a pandemic! Entrepreneurship is bold and risky especially during these times, but I believe it is the right next step for me. Most important lesson I’m learning is to ask for help. I’m great at multitasking, but no one person can do everything by themselves without stretching themselves too thin. If there is something that is not your strong suit, then ask for help or hire someone to do that part of your business. (marketing, social media) My mission that is ingrained in all of my offerings (yoga, massage, Reiki, future online offerings) is to empower my client or student to learn how to connect to their intuition. By getting intune and connected to their body physically, mentally, and spiritually they can discover and learn the tools to thrive out in the world.
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 we were not in a pandemic, I would definitely have them check out a concert or yoga at Red Rocks during the summer. For restaurants, the Edge at Four Seasons Hotel Denver for a great steak, Mimosas in Five Points for brunch, Angelo’s for happy hour and oysters. El Chapultapec (which closed this week which is so sad) for live music and shenanigans.
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?
Most definitely my mom, Carolyn Smith, .for supporting and nurturing her unique oddball kid and all my grand ideas, My husband for pushing me to be an entrepreneur for many, many years now and for always believing in me. And I have to shout out my all time favorite book The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. I usually reread it once a year to remind myself of all the great insight but simple advice it holds.
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