When April Besey comes home from a day spent relieving the stress of others as a massage therapist, she finds peace amidst the columbines and lavender in her garden.
"I miss the acre of grass I used to mow when we lived in Omaha," she said quite seriously, as she learns to garden in a dry climate.
"I love big, luscious roses. They can be red or yellow or orange and pink -- but maybe I am partial to red," she said. "Anywhere I have lived, I have always tried to plant a white rose; they were my grandmother's favorites."
Besey will plant roses again, but her next project is building gardening boxes in which she will grow vegetables.
The affinity for roses and green growing plants is something Besey absorbed from her mother, growing up in California.
Besey's mother encouraged her to return to college as an adult and make a career of her own.
She considered forestry but did not want to spend that many years in college, so she opened up the phone book to see what schools were available in Nebraska and what career programs they offered.
The yellow pages fell open to the Omaha School of Massage.
Her business, Travel'n Hands, was born four years ago.
"I like helping people and making them feel better," Besey said.
She practices Swedish massage with a bit of reflexology.
"Massage increases the circulation of nourishing blood to the skin and so, encourages healing," she said. "If people can be de-stressed and detox their bodies they can heal.
"I am a level II Reiki master, so healing energy goes into my massages as well."
Rock ‘n' Rain massage is the newest form she has studied.
"It is a very gentle rocking of the body and I use essential old and healing energy in the massage," she said.
Besey can be reached by calling (928) 978-2414.
Hometown: Omaha, Neb.
Occupation: Massage therapist
When did you move to Payson and what brought you here? We moved here three years ago. My husband grew up in Phoenix and we wanted to get out of Nebraska and it seemed like a good time to spend more time with his parents.
What's the best advice you have ever been given? My mother told me, "You can't pull somebody else's wagon."
Three things you want people to know about you: I'm compassionate, caring and a hard worker.
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A photographer or an architect.
Books: Spiritual ones
Song: "Sea of Love" by the Honey Drippers
Food: Italian or Mexican
Sport to watch: Gymnastics
Vacation spot: The beach -- any beach