Name: Chasidy Criswell
Company: Gentle Haven Massage
Title: Owner, Licensed Massage Therapist (129685)
Instagram: @chasmassagesme @gentlehavenmassage
Location: 15203 Knoll Trail Drive Suite 125, Suite 201 Dallas, TX 75248 (Located in City Salon & Suites)
Favorite Quote: “Knowing your worth is more important than letting someone define your value.” – Karen Civil (Be You & Live Civil)
For those who may not know, tell us about your company Gentle Haven Massage.
Gentle Haven Massage is a mobile massage company that was created in 2015, in Jackson, Mississippi while I was in massage therapy school. I am licensed in Texas and Mississippi. I am currently working on a few other states to be licensed in. A lot of people ask why the name Gentle Haven? I came up with the name that describes my clients’ experience while being serviced. Gentle Haven Massage is where my clients can create their own “haven for relaxation”.
What made you want to become a massage therapist?
I was a track and field athlete majority of my life (age 9 thru age 20). I wanted a career that would allow me to be a part of sports and overall wellness.
What differentiates you from your competitors?
Every massage therapist is different in their own way. I cater to my client’s by allowing them to pick their own music that helps them relax best, and also provide their favorite snacks and non alcoholic beverages after their sessions. I also travel to the clients that do not want to leave their home. I know how hectic Dallas traffic can be, so I try to make it as easy as possible. I also believe everyone needs a touch of Gentle Haven Massage, so my rates are set up to fit anyone’s budget.
As much as we love success stories, can you tell us some of your pain points as an entrepreneur and how you overcame them?
I am a divorced mother of two and it is very challenging being an entrepreneur with no assistance. I just recently moved from Jackson, MS after losing my home and my business after 5 years of living there. I opened my location in North Dallas in October with donations from family and friends. I commute back and forth from Dallas to Louisiana to work and to see my babies. I overcome my pain points DAILY, by prayer, planning and perseverance. Knowing that I have two little humans that depend on their mother for everything, makes me go harder no matter the adversities that I am facing. Some weeks are really good and some are really bad, but I know that the outcome is always positive.
We believe the Power of a #COSIGN is real. Can you tell us how a #COSIGN has impacted your business. Whether it’s been through word of mouth? An influencer #COSIGN or celebrity #COSIGN?
I was #COSIGNed last year by Keara Stanley, Owner of @kmsglamstudio after just one massage service. That meant a lot to me and made me believe that people will really stand behind your brand. Another way a #COSIGN impacted my business was seeing my idol and mentor, Karen Civil on the cover of COSIGN Mag. Everything she stands for is AMAZING!
Where do you see your company a year from now?
I see my company being one of Dallas-Fort Worth’s Top Massage Therapy companies and also expanding while landing major contracts with professional sport teams and other major corporations.
Last but not least, who do you #COSIGN and why?
1. Imaj @realimaj
2. Chelsee Goins @iam_chelsee
3. Brittany Williams @beardsbyjosiebee
4. Stephan Conley @dr_conley
5. Roxie Reese @roxielashes
6. Shelsea @shelsealuxe
7. Bre McNabb @bremcnabb_hair
8. Bianca McCall @cheniquez
9. Jasmin Baylor @beautybyjaekole
10. Josh Hicks @3hunnid_fitness