Lansing woman starts a nonprofit to help people pay for regular massages – FOX 47 News Lansing – Jackson
LANSING, Mich. — Serendipity is the occurrence of events by chance that have a beneficial outcome.
This week’s Good Neighbors story is all about serendipity and how two people, who both suffered a tremendous amount of pain, found a common relief and now want to share it with the world.
Thirty-one-year-old Springport resident Anthony Warner says he is happy to get his monthly massage to help him manage his pain.
“I was in the U.S. Army infantry, and we got after it hard,” Warner said. “It was not easy on my body!”
Warner’s massage therapist, Bilky Joda-Miller, knows all about pain. She is a breast cancer survivor.
Joda-Miller says cancer caused her a lot of discomfort.
“I was on 800 milligrams of Motrin a few times a day because I was having a lot of pain from the surgery and my arm lymphedema, those kinds of things,” Joda-Miller said.
Joda-Miller says when she discovered how much a massage helped her manage her pain, she decided to change careers. She was studying to be a doctor but decided to go to school to become a massage therapist.
“I feel like I’m getting more from my clients than they might be getting from me. You know, there’s a trust factor there,” she said. “I talk with Anthony like my he is my son. I check on his life because he’s had some hardships.”
Warner says visiting Joda-Miller for a massage gives him not only relaxation but an outlet to talk.
“I was battling anger and depression. I was going through a lot. It’s so important to have just a moment to relax,” Warner said. “I didn’t realize how important mental health was until I started taking care of it. Coming here for these massages was the start of it.”
Joda-Miller says she noticed many of her clients, like Warner, benefited from massages but didn’t necessarily get them as regularly as they should.
So she started the nonprofit Mid-Michigan Massage Therapy Institute.
“A lot of people can’t afford massage, and our nonprofit is based on need. Not on the ability to pay,” she said.
Mid-Michigan Massage Therapy Institute helps fund regular professional massages for those who may have a medical condition …….