Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael Hatter.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Michael. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started out from high school wanting to avoid college by way of pursuing my interests as career choices. I started out building custom cars and show cars, my second profession was a full-time musician. I had a fun time as a musician and an impressive minor-league level career. One day on tour in the back of a smelly van, I had an epiphany that all my professional skills require the full functionality of all my limbs. I also thought about the concept that I would like to have a comfortable retirement. With these reality-checking thoughts in mind, I decided to pursue a more passion driven career path.
Massage therapy and psychology have both been very staple passions of mine throughout my developmental years. I decided to transition from the hustle and grind of a full-time musician, and instead become a psychology student and a massage therapist. I have since then attained my undergraduate degree and currently use elements of somatic psychology within my sessions. I was a lead therapist for a chiropractor’s office for a short while. I also worked at a gym as a massage therapist with an integrative approach which utilized personal trainers, nutrition experts, and massage therapy as tools to help with balancing for a healthy lifestyle.
I ultimately went into business for myself with the help of my wife and business partner, Eden Hatter. Eden has a business degree and handles the more administration sector of the business while I handle the operations side. We have worked together successfully and happily for 2 years and counting. We plan to continue allowing our business relationship to grow alongside our marriage as we both pursue graduate degrees. Eden’s ultimate plan is to be a consultant. My ultimate plan is to be a college professor and conduct research in the field of psychology. We plan to work together in the future to build a holistic health resource center.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
One year ago, I was very excited and nervous because I had officially stepped into my own private work space. I was operating in a co-op and as a mobile therapist prior to the new office. My father came into town to help me renovate the new office. Many late nights were spent in that office putting the final touches on the new space. The day after freshly renovating the floors with tile, building a wall, and fully furnishing the new office, a flood put 4 feet of water in my office. The property manager had me back in my office in about a month.
The biggest obstacles were more mentally driven than anything else. It was the original fear of failure. It was the uncertainty of what will happen. It was not knowing how successful a business endeavor will be. I wouldn’t call it anxiety as much as it was a questioning of one’s actions.
Marketing money sink-holes were rampant. Every business needs marketing. Marketing is both expensive and not guaranteed to bring in clients. I believe this challenge is probably the same for any small business.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Michael Hatter LMT, Body Works & Massage Therapy LLC. – what should we know?
Michael Hatter LMT, Body Works & Massage Therapy specializes in clinical massage and sports massage. My massages are results driven. Most of my clients come to me with a particular goal in mind. The client receives a personalized session based on the individual’s needs, I ensure comfort by routinely checking in with the client throughout the session. After the session, the client receives personalized instructions on ways to maintain lasting results.
The elements that make me most proud of my business is the experience the client receives. Text and email confirmations remind the client of their appointment 3 days prior. The client has reserved parking, there is complimentary wine available, the office is very relaxing and has a full waterfront view.
I was always an active kid and an athlete growing up so I am very familiar with the physical demands of an athlete as well as the process of recovery and healing. Clinical massage is an umbrella term which embodies advanced massage techniques such as myofascial release, trigger point therapy, reciprocal inhibition, range of motion therapy and passive stretches are just a few techniques used to customize the massage experience.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role? My wife Eden is the biggest cheer leader as well as the biggest motivator behind the creation of Michael Hatter LMT. Body Works & Massage Therapy LLC. She is the brains behind the scenes. She makes sure things are automated, organized, and recorded. She also handles most of the day-to-day communications. She deserves a raise.
60 Min Introductory session – $40.00 (Code: Hatter)
60 Min Massage – $75.00
90 Min Massage – $95.00
120 Min Massage – $135.00
20/20 Deal – (20 min / $30)
Address: 2040 North loop West Suite 021, Houston TX 77018