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Are you ready to liberate your mind, body, and mother-lovin' soul?

Good, then let me tell you about Self Care Independence.

I really wanted to live a life that was healthier and more fulfilling, but I sucked at self care. 

At least, that's what I thought.

I tried a bunch of different exercise programs, supplements, and self-help products but...nothing. Nothing changed. Nothing stuck. I found my way back to my ol' self sabotage routines, and in search of the next golden goose. 

But, oddly enough, something shifted. I noticed I was gaining control of my physical and emotional wellbeing. I noticed a sense of freedom I'd never experienced before. 

I discovered Self Care Independence. 

Hi! I'm Crystal McLain, Licensed Clinical Massage Therapist and Self-Care Coach, and it's my mission to provide affordable and practical guidance that bridges the gap between thinking about self care, and actually practicing it.

So, what changed?

How did I go from a place of self destruction to a place of self empowerment? How did I go from wanting to sleep my life away to being stoked about each new day? How did I become a person who uses words like, 'stoked'? 

Excellent questions. 

Well, in 2008 I was going through some...times, and needed to make some drastic changes in my life. I was having a casual conversation with a friend about possibilities for my future when they asked me, "have you ever considered becoming a massage therapist?"

I had not. 

But the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. 

For starters, I'd experienced first hand, MULTIPLE times, how beneficial therapeutic massage can be. Massage was the key ingredient to reversing the damage after a neck injury. It helped me release some of the shame I held in my body.

Plus, I could be my own boss and work from home if I needed. 

This girl loves her independence. 

But, if I'm honest, I wasn't exactly the poster child for healthy living when I signed up for the massage gig. I had a long list of pretty unhealthy habits, low self esteem, zero boundaries, and a host of physical ailments. So in order to not feel like a total fraud (and manage my business successfully), I decided to clean up my lifestyle a little bit. If I was going to become a facilitator in people's healing, maybe I should make a few healing choices for myself... 

And that's kind of how this whole Self Care Independence thing started - with a few small changes that would support the life I wanted. 

Self-Care Independence isn't just a random list of personal grooming tips or affirmations. And it's not a weight-loss program, cleanse, or fitness challenge.

Self-Care Independence is a set of skills used to confidently manage your meat suit, wrangle your mind, and create balance in your life like a boss.

Self Care Independence is being able to show up and do life, despite what life throws at you. 

So, here's the thing.

All too often we try using self care tools or routines that appear to be working for other people. But what really matters are YOUR NEEDS, and what's going to fulfill them.

Biologically speaking, we’re basically all the same. So that means fundamentally our needs are similar. But our conditioning, personalities, and abilities are all quite different.

That means how we go about meeting our needs will vary. 

In order to create practical, productive, and long-lasting self care routines we first need to practice creating Self Care Independence.

When you have Self Care Independence you can: 

  • Prioritize your wellbeing
  • Recognize what's lacking in your life
  • Set practical + authentic self-care goals
  • Confidently navigate the wellness world
  • Love yourself unconditionally

And how you CREATE Self Care Independence is by:

  1. Cultivating a positive, growth mindset.
  2. Gaining self awareness, and body consciousness.
  3. Finding direction and purpose in life.
  4. Finding authentic motivators so you will take ACTION.
  5. And creating support systems so you can thrive. 

So, what about you? Are you ready to THRIVE? If so, great. Let me tell you more...

Alright, let's get real here. I have been on a personal wellness journey for a minute, so I know first hand how challenging this whole self care thing can be, especially when you're starting in a 'not-so-healthy' place. But, I also know how possible it is, and how REWARDING it is when you start investing in yourself.

I also know how lonely and overwhelming the whole process can feel. And that's why I created CMC. I wanted to offer a place where people could navigate their wellness curiously, confidently, and openly with a caring pro to guide them along the way.

I've been rocking it in the wellness field since 2009, and have worked with hundreds of folks facilitating their mind-body healing. And nothing brings me greater joy than sharing all the secrets I've learned personally and professionally - and witnessing the results.  

If any of this sounds like something you want in your life, I'd love to invite you to explore all that I have to offer. 

There's a few ways you can start creating Self Care Independence:

1. Sign up for the Newsletter

Subscribers will receive weekly updates that include journal prompts, product updates, giveaway alerts, and other inspiring tidbits.

And as a thank-you for signing up I'll send you my FREE Basic Mindset Makeover kit.  



2. Patreon Memberships

Since I believe self care should be affordable, memberships are based on a pay-what-you-can scale, starting at just $5/month! Folks who sign up for a membership at Patreon receive a bunch of perks including:

  • Regular Personal Check-ins
  • Weekly Journal Prompts
  • Mindfulness Exercises + Self Care Tutorials
  • Direct Blog/Podcast Updates with Member-Only Content
  • All of my Digital Guides, Ebooks, and Courses for FREE!
  • And other goodies created by a professional massage therapist and self care coach...which, btw, is me. :)

3. Sample the goods.

Not ready to commit? I totally get it. I'm cautious about what I sign up for, too. If you're curious, and want a sample of what I'm all about, check out these other goodies:

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PODCAST
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I love you. 
I appreciate you. 
Thank you so much for being here. 

I hope to see you soon!