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Community Highlights: Meet Candace Blanchette of Helotes Therapeutic Massage & Movement

Today we’d like to introduce you to Candace Blanchette.

Hi Candace, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
In 2010, I transitioned from my career in Culinary Management to the massage industry to achieve a better work-life balance. After a serious whiplash injury, I began studying various clinical modalities to learn how to heal my chronic headaches, neck, and shoulder pain. I learned as much as I could about healing and the body, incorporating it into my practice, all while maintaining an active yoga practice.

In 2016, I became a single mom of two preschoolers. Within a year, I received my license as a Massage Instructor, my 200-hour Pilates Instructor certification, and was extensively trained in Thai massage (over 60 hours of hands-on time). I began working with myself and others to rehabilitate chronic pain resulting from improper movement patterns and injury.

In 2018, I was diagnosed with an aggressive type of breast cancer at stage 3.  I underwent chemotherapy, radiation, and targeted immunotherapy, followed by a total bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction. I utilize this incredible experience in my practice to help others who have been affected by a cancer diagnosis, either themselves or with a loved one, to heal through compassionate therapeutic touch and rehabilitation techniques.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Bouncing back in my private practice after breast cancer, covid shutdown, and other personal struggles have been challenging but definitely worthwhile. I’ve become quite flexible and good at rolling with the punches in both my personal and professional lives.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
With over a decade of experience in the health and wellness industry, Helotes Therapeutic Massage & Movement specializes in injury recovery and chronic pain relief for active lifestyles. Utilizing both hands-on and barefoot massage techniques as well as Pilates-based functional movement training, we address musculoskeletal pain from both a treatment and prevention standpoint. We offer Ashiatsu barefoot massage, barefoot Yomassage, Integrative Mat (Thai) massage, and Therapeutic Swedish-style massage, as well as Pilates private lessons and virtual classes.

What matters most to you? Why?
My children and having the ability as a single mom to provide for them, set a good example for them, and spend quality time with them. They’re the reason for everything I do!

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