…happiness is something you create. NO matter what you do, it might not make you happy. Happiness is something that you work on, it does not come from winning (although it might help).
Beret Loncar is a licensed massage therapist and IAYT certified yoga therapist. She is the owner of the Manhattan-based clinic, Body Mechanics Orthopedic Massage Therapy, which specializes in massage therapy for medical problems. She runs wellness programs for sports, medical, intra-oral massage, lymphatic massage, and post-mastectomy care. She lives in Harlem NY, with her human and dog family.
Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Our readers would love to “get to know you” better. Can you share your “backstory” with us?
I am a mother of 2 children and 2 dogs :). I am not sure how that happened but here I am! I have been an athlete my whole life and was riding the show jumping circuit as a young adult with my trainer who rode for the Irish Olympic team. It was a huge sacrifice for my mom who was a single parent to get me involved in riding, which is both expensive and time-consuming. I now run, am a yoga therapist, I cycle to work…and have dabbled in most athletic things I have had access to. I originally had a degree in design which has been valuable as all of the businesses I have opened have been heavy on the ‘feel’ part of the business. When I was in my early 20’s, I was working on Broadway doing costumes for theater, and I met a young man I liked and moved to Canada where I stayed to study massage therapy. Canada has that nifty universal health care, and as part of that massage is a full medical profession.
I am now a massage therapist and yoga therapist who specializes in orthopedic injury and pain management. It would be easy to say that is who I am, in fact years ago that would have been where I stopped. We often carry our identities with our titles. It can actually be quite hard to know yourself based on who you think you are. I went…