Foxborough resident Trish Matthies first began practicing reiki because she wanted to help people and has turned that devotion into a unique small business venture in town.
“I recognized I had a sensitivity to emotions and was able to feel people's hurts, anger or stress,” Matthies said. “However, being able to sense these emotions or imbalances was not enough. I wanted to help people live healthier, happier lives with peace and balance. I truly wanted to make a difference.”
So Matthies created The Healing Moon, which offers reiki, meditation, massage therapy, Thai yoga massage, yoga, workshops, spiritual counseling and readings for “those who wish to replenish their energy and restore balance to their lives.”
Matthies, a lifelong resident of Norwood until two years ago, began The Healing Room in her then Norwood home healing studio 12 years ago. After eight years of practicing in her home, she relocated to a larger space in Norwood Center before moving to Foxborough this past November, which means The Healing Moon Wellness Center on 34 School St. is approaching its one-year anniversary in town.
“I love what I do and I feel blessed to be able to do my work,” Matthies said. “I enjoy connecting with my clients and watching the changes that occur in them as they begin their healing. I am grateful that my clients trust me and allow me to be a part of their experience. And I am also so fortunate to work at The Healing Moon with some of the most caring and gifted healers I know.”
Matthies says while the move from Norwood to Foxborough was initially difficult, she relied on her strong connections to the town, which has made for a successful transition.
“It was a very difficult decision to relocate my business,” Matthies said. “I knew it would affect my coworkers and my clients. I had moved my residence from Norwood to Foxborough the year before. And although I lived in Norwood all my life, I began to feel Foxborough is where I was meant to be with my business as well. There is something so nice about being a part of the town you live in and connecting with the community.”
There are also family ties, which only strengthen her recent connection to Foxborough.
“I moved to Foxborough to live next to my sister, Bobbie Jenkins, who is also a Reiki Practitioner at The Healing Moon,” Matthies said. “She has lived in town for nearly 20 years. My husband grew up in Foxborough and was very happy to make it his hometown again.”
Matthies recently participated in a Q&A session with Foxborough Patch. We asked about her business and what it’s like to be a small business owner in Foxborough. Here’s what she had to say:
Patch: What is one thing people might not know about The Healing Moon?
Matthies: People may not know that we offer a variety of classes and workshops at THM in our "Meditation Room." We have weekly classes of yoga and guided meditation, as well as various specialty workshops such as Crystal Grid Healing, Chakra Balancing, Reiki Training, Moon Magic Classes and lots more. The Healing Moon Wellness Center is a place where people can connect with other like-minded individuals, learn, grow, and make new friends.
Patch: What is your business best known for in the community?
Matthies: THM is most known for Reiki sincr I was focused on my Reiki Practice and workshops for the first eight years of my business. I have since invited other practitioners to join me at THM to offer their services of Reiki, Massage, IET, Cranial Sacral, Tarot Readings, Angel Readings, Mediumship, Yoga, and Meditation. We also have a small gift shop open to our clients and students when they are in for private sessions and classes. The gift shop is also open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through the fall months.
Patch: What is your busiest time of year?
Matthies: I have always been the busiest in the fall, and the beginning of the new year. People start to settle in for the colder months and it is the perfect time for them to focus on their health and wellness goals.
Patch: What do you feel is a benefit about being a small business in Foxborough?
Matthies: I really feel the Town of Foxborough has been welcoming to The Healing Moon. We have found everyone who has come into the center to be friendly and open to our work.
Patch: What challenges do you face as a small business owner in Foxborough?
Matthies: It has been a challenge to get the word out that we are new in town. We have limited signage so it is hard to be seen. We rely on word of mouth referrals from our clients and students.
Patch: How has the economy affected your business in the last year?
Matthies: Due to the recession, more people feel the financial strain and may become more stressed or depressed, which can also lead to health issues. Since our center helps people reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, we have been even busier with new clients. They understand the benefit of keeping themselves healthy and balanced with holistic care such as Reiki, IET, Massage, and Yoga. We can also offer a sliding scale to our clients who have lost their jobs, or are out of work due to disability.
Patch: What can be done to revive downtown Foxborough to better serve small businesses?
Matthies: Being able to have more signage would be helpful, as well as additional parking.
Patch: Anything else about your business you would like the community to know about?
Matthies: All of us practitioners care about our clients and want the best for them in their path towards healing and wellness. However, THM is not just a place to visit when you are stressed or not feeling well. It is also a place to come learn how to continue to be well and find your optimum peace and balance from the stress of the daily world.
The Healing Moon will be holding a Holiday Open House on Nov. 24th on "Small Business Saturday." More information to come later this month.