We had the good fortune of connecting with Shelly Hipp and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Shelly, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I have always loved being a massage therapist. Over the past two years, I noticed barriers to accessing massage. Starting a mobile massage business has allowed me to remove some of those barriers. For busy parents, I am able to work around their kids’ school schedules and come when they are available. Some of my clients do not drive and my mobile service means that they do not have to worry about getting to their appointment. Other folks may still be working from home, allowing me to show up between meetings and as soon as the massage is done, they can get back to the next task. I love to help people feel their best and owning my own business has allowed me to fulfill this calling.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Out of the Box Massage is mobile massage therapy for everyone. We are so fortunate to live in Colorado and my mission is to help folks be able to continue to enjoy everything that they love about Colorado. Out of the Box is partially aimed at recognizing the gift of the outdoors that we have here. It is also meant to say that I am not a massive franchise and your treatment will always be personalized to you. The final thing that Out of the Box Massage means is that I come to you, wherever you may be, home, office, cabin in the mountains, farm in Black Forest or a studio downtown. I love the outdoors and I love to try new things. Often this allows me to be able to put myself in the clients shoes. If I haven’t had exactly their experience, my decade of massage gives me insights into some of their probable pain patterns. One of the most frequent phrases that I hear from clients is, “I didn’t even know that hurt.”

Opening my business this year has been a learning experience. The two biggest things I had to learn are to make a plan and show up with consistency. In the beginning, I was trying to do two jobs and not fully dedicating myself to the business. I found that my best successes come when I make a plan and commit to it. This may include showing up to a networking event, even when it seems scary, or joining a Zoom call to learn social media for your business. If you make the plan and show up consistently, you will see the results.

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.
I love playing hostess and showing folks around our city. We have so much to offer. Usually on the first or second day of the visit, I like to take folks up to Cheyenne Canyon for a test hike with great views. It’s an easy trail that allows you to test your friend’s altitude tolerance. Afterwards, I would probably take them to a brewery, Cerberus or Red Leg are great intros to Colorado Springs breweries. I really enjoy walking around Old Colorado City, especially during the farmers markets, with a quick stop at Slice 420 for the Springs best pizza by the slice. During the summer, we would probably drive out to Rampart Reservoir for some paddle boarding, I also just love the drive out to Woodland Park. We’d probably have to stop by the Bear Creek Dog Park to let my dogs run and show off the best dog park. For a fancy dinner, I am keen on The Rabbit Hole, I love the atmosphere and the food is always great. At some point, I’d have to drive down Austin Bluffs towards Nevada, because it is one of my favorite views of the city with our mountain backdrop. There really are so many things that I love about this city, but this would be a good starter itinerary.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?

One of the biggest keys to my success is lucking into a really great massage program. I went to school for massage therapy at a time when a lot of folks were going back to school. I just happened to call the director when another student dropped and was able to fill the empty spot. I frequently recall tidbits that I learned during my time at Pensacola State College and any time I need help with licensing questions they still show up, ten years later. I know that I would not still be practicing massage, if it were not for the continued support I have received from them.

I also have to Shoutout to Brene Brown. Her books, Ted Talks, and Netflix special have taught me a lot about emotion and really being present for folks. As a massage therapist, it is really important to listen to your clients needs, especially the unspoken ones. I am currently reading her latest book, Atlas of the Heart. I love that she continues to teach us to be more vulnerable by understanding our own emotions, so that we may better receive others’ emotions.

Finally, I have to Shoutout to my wife. Without her support, I would not have been confident enough to make the leap into being a business owner. It is a scary leap and having her support has made all the difference.

Website: www.OutoftheBoxMassage.com

Instagram: @OutoftheBoxMassage

Facebook: @OutoftheBoxMassage

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