We had the good fortune of connecting with Kristi Daskam and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kristi, what do you attribute your success to?
As a child I grew up thinking massage therapy was a necessity. That it was a “normal” way to help heal someone.
My mom was in a car accident when I was 4 or 5. One of our family friend’s owned a Victorian house in Colorado Springs that she had converted to a chiropractic office. There was also a Massage therapist, Acupuncturist, and a MD who specialized in pain management. My mom was unable to take pain medication so figuring out how to deal with her pain took a more holistic path. As a little kid I went with her to all of her treatments bc often my parents couldn’t afford a sitter. I was so interested and would just watch the whole time. Within a few years I started giving shoulder & neck rubs to family. During this time I started gymnastics, cheerleading, martial arts & soccer. My mom would often massage my legs or shoulders when I had muscle cramps. I ended up going to college on a cheerleading scholarship. After so many injuries from a young age, massage has saved me.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As a massage therapist I can say it’s sometimes hard to find a therapist who can deal with all my issues and my sensitive skin.
I know what pain feels like, both mental and physical pain. I like to joke with my clients that I’ve been given the gift of pain so I can help other be free of it. I was a pretty good cheerleader but oh man I was a terrible gymnast. I was the girl that hit the floor with her face falling at full speed. I’d always try to jump up and walk it off but those injuries like to hangout. .
Working for high end luxury spas and day spas across the country made me realize just how sensitive my skin is. I really started reading every ingredient just trying to figure out which things were driving my skin mad. A few years ago my mother in law visited a cocoa farm in El Salvador. She brought me back a small lotion bar as a gift. I fell in love and before I ran out of it I started trying to figure out how to make it at home. I slowly started working on my formulation, making little lotion bars to give friends and family. Then the Covid pandemic hit. While quarantined at home, not doing any body work, my brain decided to focus on something positive. Thus my produce line was born. It’s still small but I love it. I make bath teas, shower shakers, lotion bars, scrub bars, soap, beard oil, mask sprays, linen sprays and more in my mind.
My journey has been crazy and is an ever evolving path. I went to high school at Manitou Springs high school in Manitou springs Colorado. I have a Bachelors of fine arts from the University of North Texas with a minor in American history. I went to Parker University in Dallas Texas for massage therapy after I had been bartending for many years. I always had friends and family tell me how great I was at massaging their shoulders and I should be a massage therapist. After a few years of looking into it I finally bit the bullet and with my husband’s support went back to school in my late 20’s. It was the best idea ever. I had found my path, my way in life, something I was meant to do and someone I was meant to be.
When I first became a massage therapist I became an Aqua therapist, subcontracted through the state of Texas. I worked with special needs Children incorporating Watsu, water stretch therapy that includes massage therapy, stretching, and trigger point. I worked with amazing children that ranged from verbal on the spectrum to completely non-verbal with Cerebral palsy. Everyday I felt amazed by these children’s spirit & joy. It was also shocking to see how massage therapy helped these kids to function better. Unfortunately the housing market crashed and I was the newest person on the team. I started at a day spa and really felt at home. It was a place to relax, reset and a place to heal.
Now my journey really began. My husband works in management in the hotel industry and our first transfer was in 2013 to Sarasota Florida. I was now working at a luxury high end hotel spa with therapist who’ve been doing this for 30 years. My mind was now being exposed to so many new techniques and different modalities. Soon another move to Boston, in a new luxury hotel spa. Learning and growing with every move and state. It’s here that I get to experience making fresh body treatments from fruits, vegetables, milk products, honey and essential oils. I truly grew into myself as a massage therapist. Then I became a mom. I gave birth to my daughter after a high risk pregnancy at Tufts Hospital. I have a rare auto immune blood disorder that we found out while trying to start our family. It affects me everyday and has became a daily part of my life. I try not to let it affects things but some days my body just doesn’t work. It’s also broadens my horizons on medical knowledge and issues. It helps my be able to understand pressure. Deep tissue isn’t always the pressure needed to fix an issue. From Boston to Indianapolis, another move and new people to meet and help. It’s here in Indiana I did the one thing I swore I would never do: I opened my own studio space, just one day a week. But it was my ideas, my room and my business. Tranquility Wellness was born in 2018 in Fishers Indiana.
Indiana was a crazy point in my life and my career. I had a new born, I was working more than my body or mind could or would. I suffered my first possible career ending injury. My left AC joint popped during a massage dislocating 2 ribs along with it. I had to take time off. I had to change what I was doing. After I went back to work I realized I wanted to be full time at my own place. I was able to help people and not deal with the spa politics or drama. I was in the motions of doing everything to open full time at my place, then a sudden transfer that we had not planned on. A move to my home state, home to Colorado.
We arrived August 2019 and I started with a high end luxury hotel spa in downtown Denver. I was excited to be home but my soul was wilting working at a large spa again. The team and the clients were lovely but I felt I needed to do my own thing.
I had decide I was opening my own place in Colorado. Everyday creating my studio, planning my spa menu, deciding what body treatments I want to make. I was finally starting my dream. Having a dream also means you need to figure out what makes you you. Colorado has always been my tranquility. The aspens in the spring and fall have always held a place in my heart. My logo is a beautiful golden aspen leaf, with my favorite color of blue as the wording. One of my best friends, bridesmaid and fellow art student Krista is now my graphic designer. My cards, my menu, my face in that menu. I found an amazing location, another side job at a country club, massage therapist love to have multiple gigs sometimes. more plans and then pandemic hits. We try to just breath, pray and hope.
Positivity ,my husband and daughter, family and friends kept me going. My doors opened May 2020 at my Colorado studio. I had begun working on my own artisan product line of lotion bars and bath teas over this tome as well. Things I had put together from years of doing bath and body treatments in spas. Taking out the bad, like cleaning up all the stuff in you tub. Keeping all the good in….a bag. Literally, my bath teas come with large tea bag to hold the botanicals and mineral salts. Throw them in to steep, take a bath and use the cloth to wash with. Then throw away. No mess, no stress.
My product line is now available in limited quantity’s as they are made by hand. Available at my studio, online and at the country club I work at. They will soon be available at a spa in Indiana. Another therapist who’s opened her own place and one of my many best friends.
I can now stay I have stepped into my life as a healer, massage therapist, and artisanal maker. Tranquility Wellness is where I an meant to gown. My mission is to help others be free of pain. I have had so much pain, pain that I feel I needed experience to understand to help others. I don’t care who comes into my studio, I want to help them on their journey of being pain free.
I want to listen to people about their pain. I want to help them. I also encourage my clients to get into a relaxation and stretch routine. Most of all I encourage them to be consistent with massage. After the past 2 years, who isn’t stressed?
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There are so many fun places in Colorado that I would definitely take them on a little exploration.
First I would have to take them to my hometown, the place where my heart is always held, the west side of Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs. We would start with our morning coffee from a great coffee shop in downtown Manitou Springs, Red Dog Coffee. Amazing coffee, breakfast all day and local paintings and art all throughout the coffee shop. Next a walk through downtown historic Manitou is a must. From there we would head off to the Garden of the Gods. The joys of myself and my family growing up around the Garden of the Gods are amazing. We know where some of the hidden gems are. Going up Rampart Range Road is always fun for me to take friends on. Four-wheel-drive is definitely required for this road. The view is unimaginable and a treat to someone visiting. Wandering all throughout the garden of the gods seen the kissing camels, the balance rock, and the old trading post is an adventure. It is just amazing, you could spend days just there. After a little hike we had back into Manitou springs and cool off at Manitou Brewing Company for some great food and beer made in the mountains. Maybe a little after dinner drink at Swirl the wine bar, owned by one of my friends, Andrew, from high school. Driving through Manitou you’ll notice they have a lot of motels that have individual lodges. Almost like a rustic version of current tiny houses. The El Colorado is one of the spots that we love to stay at. I could spend a lifetime in Manitou Springs exploring.
From Manitou Spring we’re off to Idaho Springs. However, we’ll be taking a different path than I-25. Taking the drive up to Woodland park thru Deckers, Conifer & Evergreen. A truly amazing and beautiful drive to appreciate the mountains.
Idaho Springs is a quaint cute mountain town that is great for a day trip. To wander through the streets is like a step back in time. Edelweiss pastry shop is a great place to stop and get a yummy treat or breakfast. Tommy knockers brewery has a variety of beers and a great menu. Clear Creek Cidery and eatery is also a wonderful place just to stop in and have a really great Colorado cider. Idaho Springs is great because it’s really just 45 minutes to an hour from downtown Denver or surrounding suburbs.
Next we had to Denver for a night on the town. My husband and I have access to the RTD, it’s within walking distance of our house. We love to take friends on the train and head into downtown at union station. From there we’re off to the Oxford hotel to go to the Cruise room. A 1930s bar that still has all the original decor, great cocktails and a fun environment. From there we head to the Bao Brewhouse for some amazing Asian cuisine and great atmosphere. Larimer Square is a great area to find lots of speakeasy like pubs in downtown Denver.
Colorado has so many amazing places, its an adventure to live here.
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Everything that I am is because of my family and friends. My husband my biggest fan and my rock. My parents, whom always taught me massage therapy was a legitimate form of pain management and a way to heal. Parker University in Dallas Texas for my education and the amazing foundation in Anatomy & Physiology. Knowing how the body moves, what muscle is moving and how that muscle is moving is imperative to my work. All of the amazing massage therapist and body workers whom I’ve work with in Texas, Florida, Massachusetts, Indiana, and Colorado.
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