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Emerging entrepreneur: Angela Thomas

by Paula Anderson

Shifting from the banking industry to massage therapy was a way to help Angela Thomas, licensed massage therapist, focus on personal stress relief and the desire to help others.

"Having spent over a decade as a banking branch manager, managing multiple employees and balancing the responsibilities of a being a wife and a mom, I often found myself in need of effective ways to de-stress and clear my mind," said Thomas.

"The transition from a branch manager to a licensed massage therapist allowed me to combine my managerial skills with a genuine passion for promoting health and wellness. "Through Oasis Massage Studio, I aim to create a haven where individuals can escape the stresses of everyday life and experience the rejuvenating power of massage therapy."

Leaving a full-time job does require some risk when you no longer have a steady paycheck.

Angela Thomas/Courtesy Photo

"Talking the leap from a secure and well-paying job in corporate America to pursue my entrepreneurial dream of creating Oasis Massage Studio has undoubtedly been a journey. The decision to step out on faith and build my own business came with its own set of challenges, but it has been a greatly rewarding experience," said Thomas.

Although the entrepreneurial journey has not been easy, Thomas said that she has a mentor to help with learning the day-to-day challenges.

"First and foremost, having a mentor has been an invaluable resource. Learning from someone with experience in the field has provided me with insights, guidance, and practical advice that goes beyond what textbooks or formal education can offer. My mentor has played a crucial role in shaping my approach to business, client relationships and self-improvement," said Thomas.

As a practicing licensed massage therapist, Thomas continues to refresh her knowledge with the core fundamentals.

Courtesy photo of Oasis Massage Studio

"Revisiting notes from my time in massage school is another foundational aspect of my ongoing development. It allows me to refresh my understanding of fundamental techniques, anatomy, and physiology, ensuring that I maintain a strong foundation in the principles of massage therapy," she said.

Learning to manage the day-to-day challenges comes from a source of motivation, according to Thomas.

"My daily inspiration stems from a combination of profound moments with my clients, a spiritual connection, and the desire to set an example for my family. I find that witnessing the immediate and transformative effects of massage therapy on my clients is a powerful source of motivation," said Thomas.

"Seeing them step off of the massage table with a sense of relief, relaxation and improved well-being is a constant reminder of the positive impact I can make in their lives. Over time, observing how massage contributes to their physical, mental and emotional improvement reinforces my passion for the work I do."

To learn more about Oasis Massage Studio, call 901-674-8643.

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You've accomplished something so amazing. You should be so proud of yourself for all the hard work you put in to reach your goal. I am super proud of you. Your achievement is a testament to your talent, passion, and dedication. Congratulations on reaching such a milestone. Wishing you many blessings with continued success. I love you Sis ❤️ @#1FamilySupport...

Oh yes it's the environment and hands for me ...


You are an inspiration to many with your incredible accomplishment. Congratulations, keep on reaching for the stars. ❤️ 🙏


I am so proud of you. May god continue to bless you and family.


Angela herself is a beautiful person inside in out! She stepped out on faith and built Oasis Massage Studio! Oasis Massage Studio is a beautiful and very peaceful place!


Angela is such an amazing person and a great massage therapist I mean Great 😊!!! God bless the Thomas family.

Wonderful article!!

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