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Check Out Erin Binney’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Erin Binney.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I started out working for my family’s business. My great grandfather started Harriman Lumber which eventually turned into Cash Bargain Builder’s Surplus located on Truman Road In the Old Northeast section of Kansas City. I worked there throughout my life up until they closed in 2010. It was there watching my father and my aunt continue the legacy of the generations before them that I decided no matter what, I would forge my own path. My brother, cousin and I were shown the ropes on what it took to be a business owner and leader. After the housing market crash, we could no longer keep the business going so my dad and aunt decided to do what was best and after 76 years they decided to close down. After that, not really sure what I wanted to do, I went to work at different part-time jobs for a number or years but everything felt lackluster and a deeper calling pulled me. My grandmother had a stroke in 2013 and a little before she passed, she told me to go back to school and find something that I loved to do because she could see I was lost and I was just wandering aimlessly. Massage had always been in the back of my mind, at nineteen, I had taken some massage courses but at the time while they held my fascination, I was young and unsure of my life’s path.

Throughout the years, it always stuck in the back of my mind and was something that just felt right when learning about it or researching it. After my grandmother had told me to do what I loved, it just made sense to start down that path again. A month after she passed, I was enrolled in Heritage College and I was going to become a licensed Massage Therapist. After graduating, I began working at Haywood Health and Wellness where I perfected my craft and found a passion for medical massage and also for energy work. I worked there until right before the pandemic and went on to work at Zen Massage in Lee’s summit through the pandemic, it was there that the opportunity arose from a lady in Englewood Independence who had a space and was looking for someone to rent the other half. It was my big moment, and as I so often do, leapt blindly into the faith of the universe and became my own boss and business owner. It has been the best decision of my life, no longer am I building someone else’s dreams but I am building my own. I have become the master of my destiny and the captain of my ship. Through many years of hardship, and toil I finally entered the brass ring. Thanks to the support of my fiance, family, and close friends who never stopped supporting me.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
No great journey has a smooth path, I certainly had reservations about myself. Looking at all my friends as they went to four years universities, graduated and had their lives all planned out and functioning at a young age. I was a wanderer, a dreamer, a lost soul. I loved the safety of the family business, but my father and I often butted heads, I think I quit there as often as he would fire me. Such is the joy of working closely with family, especially when you and your parent are the same personality. After the housing crash and the downturn of the economy finding a full-time job that didn’t require a degree I didn’t possess was tough. Part-time at Sherwin Williams, Home Depot, and then Spectrum paint was not enough to pay the bills, let alone keep food on a plate. I was lucky that I didn’t have children or have to worry about feeding or fending for anyone but myself. There were some foodless nights and also some nights in a dark apartment wondering how to get the power back on. Nevertheless, we forge ahead and in that struggle, it made me who I am today, it made the hustle to sustain this business that much stronger. I think that the greatest leaders are the ones that have tasted the struggle, who’ve slept on a couch or in a car and who wondered where their next meal would come from. To come from that to watching this business become its own energy and sustain itself with the constant effort and work has been stressful but truly amazing,

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a massage therapist, I have been a therapist for five years. I specialize in deep tissue and therapeutic massage. I also specialize in energy healing. I enjoy chakra balancing and clearing along with aura readings and aura paintings. Along with massage, I am also an Artist. I love to incorporate art into my work which is where the aura paintings come into play along with hand-drawn Mandala artwork. My shop In Englewood Independence offers Massage and an Art Gallery displaying my artwork along with local artists from the metro area. I have recently started making candles, bath bombs, and body/ room sprays. All candles and bath bombs are hand-made and hand-poured by me using all-natural ingredients and essential oils. I envision my shop to be a one-stop shop for health and home needs. I am excited to offer artwork and massage in one space. I love that the shop is located in the up-and-coming arts district in Englewood. Here I can offer a space with artwork that entrances the mind and massages to relax the body and soul. Massage by Erin offers many different massage services and appointment times from Swedish, Deep Tissue, therapeutic Trigger point therapy, Reflexology, facial cupping, chakra clearing and balancing, Reiki, and more. all services are offered in 30, 60, or 90-minute sessions

What makes you happy?
There is a passion in helping other people heal. That is what makes me happy is to help transform people who need healing on a physical and energetic level. It is true what they say if you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life and for me that is the God’s honest truth. Outside of massage and energy healing, I absolutely love to be creative. I enjoy hours behind my drafting table working on large mandala artworks, writing short stories. Over the Lockdown, I began refinishing and restoring antique and vintage pieces of furniture that I sell online. There is also something so calming and satisfying about making candles and bath bombs, most weekends are spent in a creative capacity. To create is to leave a piece of you for future generations, a legacy only you can leave. To me, that is the greatest happiness, to leave a piece of yourself for others to get joy out of.

Pricing:

  • 30 minute session 40.00
  • 60 Swedish massage 70,00
  • 60 deep tissue massage 80.00
  • 90 Swedish 105
  • 90 deep tissue 120

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