Supporting Local St. Louis Black-Owned Businesses: Equilibrium + Beats
This month, in particular, Healing Spaces is highlighting Black professionals, healers, and Black-owned businesses in the St. Louis area! Today, we are learning more about Equilibrium + Beats | Massage Studio. Please see below regarding an interview with Avaleesha Hamilton, LMT, co-founder of this unique and elevated massage studio.
Tell me a little bit about your business and how you promote mental wellness.
Equilibrium + Beats promotes health and wellness by encouraging the community to incorporate music, massage, and meditation into their self-care routine. Massage therapy helps to increase blood flow, relieve stress, and remove toxins and trauma that have built up in the body over time. Music is highly vibrational and impacts us on all emotional levels. It can soothe mental stress, and ease emotional pain. Meditation helps to give us space in between our thoughts, increase our everyday focus, and cope with anxiety in a healthier way. Combing these 3 concepts makes Equilibrium + Beats an elevated experience to add to your regime.
Why did you start Equilibrium + Beats?
I started Equilibrium + Beats as a way to express my creativity within the massage community, and to be more active and involved with my clients on a deeper level compared to the rushed experiences you tend to get in a corporate massage chain setting. I wanted to create a safe environment for my clients to not only address their physical pain, but also any underlying emotional trauma, or mental blocks that could also contribute to tension, anxiety, insomnia, and everyday life stressors. This is my unique stamp and way to provide a new yet effective way to combat overall health and wellness.
What services do you offer?
At Equilibrium + Beats, the services range from Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Couples massage, Stretch and meditation sessions, energy work, and breath-work sessions. All of these services are provided to help you decompress, which provides the room to rest, reset, and get to know yourself on deeper levels.
What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of what I do is seeing people walk in one way, with one particular attitude, and then leaving refreshed and pretty much like a different person after their sessions. Stress has a way of weighing us down. I love seeing the results and joy after each session for my clients!
What should clients expect during the first session?
During the first session clients fill out an initial health intake form which gives me an idea of what areas to focus on physically, what areas to avoid, and I give a consultation to get to know the client better. I like to find out what kind of music they like so that I can pick a playlist based on their preference or curate a playlist just for them in the future. I figure out what kind of pressure is preferred, and generally just inform the client that they are in a safe space to rest and heal. The session continues based on answers provided by the client and I use my 3 M’s of self-care (Music, Massage, and Meditation) to complete the session based on my findings in the consultation.
What is a fun fact about you?
A fun fact about me, I collect vinyls, and part of my collection is in my studio on display. I sing, and create my own Lofi beats!