We had the good fortune of connecting with Leslie Meis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Leslie, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
To be honest, I never thought I wanted to run my own business. At the last place I was employed before striking out on my own I spent a lot of time fixing other people’s mistakes. A client would come for a massage and tell me while on the table that they were having this or that problem with their membership, billing, or scheduling and had been unable to resolve it with the receptionist. I wanted my clients to have a good experience, so if I knew how to fix the issue (and I usually did) I would cut out the middle man and just take care of it for them. Eventually I theorized that all this extra energy could be better spent running my own show. The time I spent fixing the mistakes of my coworkers, or giving my boss opinions on running HIS business could be spent doing my own marketing and booking.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
The term “Massage Therapist” really doesn’t encapsulate what I do for my clients. As a Master Bodyworker specializing in rehabilitative work, the results I get with clients are usually more comparable to the benefit they might get working with a Physical Therapist. I often see people who are in chronic pain and have tried numerous other routes only to have gotten no where. These clients have usually tried physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, western medicine including surgery, and sometimes even other massage! My most rewarding work is a client like this whos condition I can usually improve dramatically in just their first session. My clients are frequently surprised at how much of their pain can be eliminated!
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.
My office is above The Denver Central Market in RiNo and the neighborhood has easily become one of my favorites. Besides all the restaurants, shops, and entertainment in the area, a walking tour of the murals is always an incredible way to spend an afternoon.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
So much of my business growth came from The Denver Boss Babe Collective. I was one of their founding members and then volunteered on their management team for a few years. The incredible women leading that group taught me so much and was so paramount to my confidence as an entrepreneur.