Style Profile – The Beaches Village: Megan Evans

Name: Megan Evans
Occupation: Owner and Founder of Therapy Lounge, Registered Massage Therapist and Reflexologist, Certified Kickboxing Instructor
Age: 35
Lifestyle: Happy and healthy

 

T.O. Racerback Tank Top in White w/Black Skyline (also available in Black w/White Skyline) by Toronto designer Nadia Lloyd; Kristine Jeans – Mid Rise Straight by Montreal’s Lola Jeans; Handcrafted necklace by Curious Oddities

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

My favourite part of the morning is pressing the “snooze” button twice to snuggle with my husband and my rescue dog Nala. We like to get outside in nature, so every morning rain or shine we go for a walk, run, or play fetch in the park.

 

Foxes Print Rosie Dress (also available in Owls Print and Bunnies Print) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts

 

Then I put my healing hands to work at Therapy Lounge by treating clients naturally from head to toe to help them feel happy and healthy, along with running the business. Next, I pick up Nala from my husband’s martial arts studio Horizon Martial Arts and we go for a walk on the beach to meet up with her furry friends.

 

Habana Tunic by St-Sévère’s Rien Ne Se Perd; Summer Legging in Black by Montreal’s Cameleon

 

For my own fitness, I love kickboxing, yoga and trail running. We end our evenings by enjoying my husbands amazing, home-cooked meals and spending quality, relaxing time together. Then before bed, I like to sweat the stresses of the day away by meditating in our sauna with a big glass of water and my favorite essential oils.

 

Gabriella Denim Jacket in Destroyed Blue by Montreal label Lola Jeans; Nikki Dress in Black Wave Stripe by Toronto label It Fitz Me

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

My family, my friends, the inspirational and knowledgeable Therapy Lounge team and my wonderful loyal clients, are very important in my life. Along with being happy and healthy on the inside and out by eating well, being active, growing my own garden and being out in nature is also important.

 

Basic Wax Pants in Military Green (also available in Bijoux Blue and Black) by I Love Tyler Madison; Azores Cami in Black w/White Feather (also available in White w/Black Feather) by Montreal designer Cherry Bobin; Handcrafted necklace by Dundas-based designer Curious Oddities

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

That I loved, lived, learned, and healed!

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

Function over fashion has always been important to me because of my active lifestyle. But fashion can help you feel confident and comfortable. I’m a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl, so it’s exciting to see athletic wear, like yoga pants and tank tops, have become fashionable and stylish.

 

T.O. Racerback Tank Top in White w/Black Skyline (also available in Black w/White Skyline) by Toronto designer Nadia Lloyd; Kristine Jeans – Mid Rise Straight by Montreal’s Lola Jeans; Handcrafted necklace by Curious Oddities

 

I’ve adapted a quotation from Dion Sanders, the NFL football player: If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good… you do good. If you do good, others will also feel good!

 

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What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

The clothing is so soft and comfortable, and the best part is it’s Canadian designed and made! The clothing is so versatile, because you can dress up or dress down any outfit. Everything I tried on was a perfect fit!

 

Foxes Print Rosie Dress (also available in Owls Print and Bunnies Print) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts

 

What do you have that you want to promote?  

 

I want to promote my business Therapy Lounge and my kickboxing class, “Kick. Punch. Stretch.” class at Horizon Martial Arts, which are both aimed at bringing overall health, happiness, and balanced lifestyles to our Beach community.

 

Since 2007, Therapy Lounge holistic health clinic has been healing the Beach. We are a team of 12 diverse and passionate health practitioners working together to create a holistic and effective treatment plan while giving helpful self-care advice to keep you happy, healthy and feeling your best.

 

Habana Tunic by St-Sévère’s Rien Ne Se Perd; Summer Legging in Black by Montreal’s Cameleon

 

We provide Registered Massage Therapy, Hot Stone Massage, Reflexology (Foot, Facial & Thai), Reiki, Craniosacral Therapy, Thai Massage, Lymphatic Drainage Massage, Fascial Stretch Therapy, SpiderTech™ Kinesiology Taping, Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture, Cosmetic Acupuncture, Cupping, Mindfulness Meditation, Registered Holistic Nutrition Counselling and Osteopathy.

 

Gabriella Denim Jacket in Destroyed Blue by Montreal label Lola Jeans; Nikki Dress in Black Wave Stripe by Toronto label It Fitz Me

 

Our treatment rooms offer their own natural comforting atmosphere. We are located in the heart of the beach above the hustle and bustle of Queen Street East, on the 2nd floor. We offer flexible (morning, afternoon and evening) hours, 7 days a week. Therapy Lounge also  offers the convenience of online booking. Request an appointment anytime, day or night!

 

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The calm beach boardwalk is just 2 blocks south. Let the TL team get to the root of the problem and take care of you naturally head to toe.

 

After kickboxing at Horizon Martial Arts for over 13 years, I designed K.P.S. (Kick. Punch. Stretch.) class to help you improve your fitness, build confidence, and maintain a healthy body. You will build stability, strength, cardio and core to help you become in-tuned with a balanced body.

 

Basic Wax Pants in Military Green (also available in Bijoux Blue and Black) by I Love Tyler Madison; Azores Cami in Black w/White Feather (also available in White w/Black Feather) by Montreal designer Cherry Bobin; Handcrafted necklace by Dundas-based designer Curious Oddities

 

In K.P.S., you will learn basic to advanced KickBoxing Techniques and a stretching regimen to relax and lengthen your muscles after a tough workout and to maintain healthy muscles everyday. This is one workout that appeals to people of all ages and fitness levels. If you’re looking for a workout that’s going to get your mind and body pumped this is the program for you! 

 

What is the story of how you got started?

 

Growing up in a small town in Northern Ontario, I have always had a passion for nature and my interest in the healthcare field began early. As a child, I was always active outdoors and played many types of sports. After I began to develop musculoskeletal discomfort, I was referred to a Massage Therapist for treatment. I was deeply impressed with the power of the healing hands and interested in the anatomy of the human body.

 

Foxes Print Rosie Dress (also available in Owls Print and Bunnies Print) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts

 

The ability to heal the whole body naturally was when I realized I wanted to aide people in their physical, mental, and emotional wellness. In 2003, I graduated from the Massage Therapy program at Sault College and moved immediately to Toronto to have greater opportunities for my career.

 

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I’m so happy to have found an active, friendly community that made me feel at home. After working at another clinic for over four years, I decided to open my own. With my husband’s support, I searched for the perfect space and found the home of Therapy Lounge.

 

Azores Cami in Black w/White Feather (also available in White w/Black Feather) by Montreal designer Cherry Bobin

 

Taking on such a large space, with 4 treatment rooms, was scary at first, as I alone was the only practitioner! But over time I’ve hired many amazing therapists and watched them grow and help the business grow in turn. This is our 10th year and we are looking forward to many more!

 

What has been the most rewarding aspect of running your own business?

 

The most rewarding aspect of running my own business is creating jobs for like-minded health practitioners and offering the community diverse, natural forms of healing.

 

Where do you envision yourself and Therapy Lounge within the next 5-10 years?

 

I always want to grow at Therapy Lounge, but sometimes it’s okay to let things just be. Things are going so well, and I’m lucky to have such a loyal, dedicated team and clientele. I believe in emphasizing quality care over quantity.

 

T.O. Racerback Tank Top in White w/Black Skyline (also available in Black w/White Skyline) by Toronto designer Nadia Lloyd; Kristine Jeans – Mid Rise Straight by Montreal’s Lola Jeans; Handcrafted necklace by Curious Oddities

 

Do you have any advice for those out there who are eager to start up their own business but feel they lack the entrepreneurial know-how?

 

My advice would be if you feel something deeply in your heart, you should jump in with both feet, spread your wings and go for it. It will be scary, but it’s okay to feel like you’re flying by the seat of your pants.

 

In other words, rely on your instinct rather than your entrepreneurial know-how. You’ll have good days, bad days and learn as you go, but everything will work out in the end if you have passion, drive and love what you do.

 

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Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

My 103-year-old Great Auntie Kay has given me some of my favourite advice on life and health. She says “the very best thing you can have in your life is spelled L-O-V-E, love. If you have love in your heart and your life, you can be a help to people, you can put yourself in a good position… if you didn’t love yourself you can’t care for other people. Love yourself first, then love others… keep yourself in good health so you can help other people.”

 

In Kay’s words, putting yourself first isn’t selfish – it’s the best way to help others!

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

TL website: therapylounge.ca
Facebook: therapyloungebeach
Twitter: @t_lounge_team
Instagram: @therapyloungebeach

 

HMA website: horizonkempo.com
Facebook: Horizon-Martial-Arts
Twitter: @Horizon_Kempo
My Instagram: @meganannevans

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