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Exploring Life & Business with Britney Franklin of Awaken Massage and Reiki

Today we’d like to introduce you to Britney Franklin. 

Britney, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I have always had an interest in the human body and how to heal with a natural approach. I moved to Charleston in 2010 and was trying to figure out how to make a living doing something I believed in. I attended the Trident Tech Massage Program and instantly fell in love with the practice. I have worked for different clinics/spas over the past ten years which has allowed me to really dive into my passions and my place in the world of healing. I started my Reiki training in 2018 and have been on a personal and professional journey ever since. I opened Awaken Massage and Reiki in March 2021! The feeling of creating a business I am so passionate about is a feeling of pride I’ve never felt before. There is still so much I want to explore and learn; this is only the beginning for Awaken! 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Not at all! I have worked in environments that didn’t help me thrive/learn and that is always hard for me. I don’t like to be stagnant. I also had to struggle with finances when I first started, which had me working two, sometimes three, jobs at a time. 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
I am a Licensed Massage Therapist and a Reiki Master Practitioner. I specialize in therapeutic massage, lymphatic drainage, cupping/Gua Sha, and energy work. I believe in the power of touch, and I’ve seen so many amazing things happen when we dive into our own bodies. I believe in my work and I find that when I allow my intuition to be the guide, I can really help people. The relationships I have created over the years is what I’m most proud of. My clients are like family to me, I trust them and they trust me and that has created a connection that is rooted in the true power of healing. I often think my clients help me just as much as I help them. 

Awaken is a safe place. That means something different to each person that walks through my door, and each session is its own. It is a place to heal, release, talk, rest, breathe, ground, and sometimes even laugh. I offer a wide variety of techniques within my treatments, and I listen to the clients’ needs as we talk before the service begins. I listen to the tone of their voice, their body language, and their words to determine my approach that day. I offer therapeutic massage, prenatal massage, Reiki sessions, and cupping/Gua Sha. My favorite service is the massage and Reiki Combo which is a 90-minute service and is so relaxing for body and mind. 

How do you define success?
I think success is being proud of the work you do. With that comes the desire to learn, grow and be passionate. 

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Aaron Utterback
Kate Fischer

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