Army National Guard Veteran & Published Children’s Book Writer Domonica Covington

Domonica CovingtonMy name is Domonica Covington and I am from Bennettsville, South Carolina and currently in the Massage Therapy program at LaJames College in Mason City, Iowa.

My background consist a variety of goals and life lessons. I am the 2nd oldest out of five children coming from a single parent home. Unfortunately, my father passed away in June 1995 due to a hit and run.

I am a 2007-2013 Veteran of the Army National Guard with the military job/MOS of being an Automated Logistics Specialist. I had written and illustrated two children books which are named “I Love U” and “The Roots of Acceptance” which focuses on bringing self esteem to the youth.

As of July 2015, I became certified in being a Mastery of Yoga/Meditation Instructor under the original instructor name Anmol Mehta.

The reason I wanted to be a Massage Therapist is because I believe that life consist of balance which is formulated around the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects. As society increases as far as the work load, it creates a level of stress in our daily lives. It allows us to be so focused on trying to maintain a form of financial stability that we tend to FORGET that we are still spiritual beings at the end of the day.

Massage allows the client to come back in to the level of relaxation and a peace of mind which is needed to maintain the homeostasis (mental, emotional, physical, spiritual) in the person. When I was at home, I use to massage people as a level of passion and I realized how the reactions made my family/friends feel at peace.

The typical massage time is one hour but it is an amazing how one hour can make a person very happy. Massage brings healing to the mind, the heart, and the soul and we all deserve that feeling of peace. I always wanted to do massage therapy from a few years ago but I allowed fear and doubt to keep me from pursuing Massage Therapy.

Fear created me to stay in my comfort zone and doubt created the “what if” curiosity. I always felt like my mission on earth is to heal and pursuing careers that consist of making a person smile is what always made me feel good to obtain. One day I had to tell myself that I need to take a chance than to regret not ever taking the chance. I am currently in the program but I’m trying to pay off the remainder of this tuition so I can feel at ease when I graduate.

The top three factors of my decision is the fact that I want to create balance and restoration, I wanted to combine my future yoga business with massage therapy, and I want to be able to have my own business with a sense of freedom and being happy with a career I love to do.

My main concerns is trying to understand the contraindications and the different health issues that some people will have that I need to understand in order to ease the person going through pain. Another concern which is the last one is basically about owning a business trying to operate massage therapy.

I can see myself pursuing massage for maybe 30-40 years depending on my health. I will try to maintain my health so that I will be able to still move around so that I may be able to maintain a secure financial future.

After my massage career, I see myself continuing writing children books, creating and selling hair, body jewelry, and being able to be home and enjoy my family time with husband, future children, grandchildren and a cat.

I want to be able to travel the world before I leave off of this earth. I want to be able to relax and be more into my art and hopefully to pass down my massage techniques to my children so that they may have and create new levels of relaxation within the home

Neal Lyons is a founding member and volunteer contributor at the MTSI Institute, an information based portal dedicated to guiding and assisting aspiring massage therapists establish a successful career in massage. Neal is a published author and has collaborated on several mobile applications that serve the massage profession. You can view his published work on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Sony and Kobo. You can connect with him on Facebook, Twitter and on Google+

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