In 2002, at age 30, Elizabeth McCarthy experienced what she calls a mid-life crisis. “I wanted to be in control of my own success or failure,” she said. This Alabama native thought of herself as a “natural-born entrepreneur” and decided to take time off from her corporate life to consider all her possibilities.
At that time, she had a few friends who were working as massage therapists. She thought that her self-described Zen personality might be a good fit for massage therapy so she decided to give it a try and enrolled in the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in Westport, CT.
After becoming certified in 2003, Elizabeth gravitated toward working at the newly opened Aetheria Relaxation Spa in New Canaan, CT, early in 2004—she liked Aetheria’s mission “to deliver exceptional service and promote a healthy, balanced lifestyle through the use of organic skin and body care products,” as initiated by the spa’s founder, Katy Ingulli.
“Our philosophies were... Read More