Massage Therapist Looking For Roots

PAYSON PEOPLE

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Carol Pearcy wants to be grounded. The problem is, the new Rim Country resident can't seem to find a permanent home.

Currently, the massage therapist has been living in a rental home in Pine since she moved to the area in December.

"I just can't find a home," she joked. "I've been looking forever."

After living in the Valley since 1980 and most recently working at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa as a licensed massage therapist working with oncology patients, Pearcy said she wanted to relocate to a less hectic spot.

"The traffic and people and heat were wearing me out," she said.

She decided on the Rim Country because she had spent time visiting a close friend here over the last two decades.

"I decided it was time to just move up here," she said.

Pearcy currently works as a massage therapist at Lemon Tree Hair Design and wants to move into Payson to be closer to her work.

"I'm looking to establish myself here," she said.

Born and raised in Indiana, Pearcy was also a health teacher for 12 years, before she decided to switch to massage therapy. She admits that her strong fascination with the human body and its function has driven her to choose her careers accordingly.

Pearcy is a yoga instructor in addition to her massage skills. She said she may pursue her yoga expertise again someday.

Finding a place to live, however, is her major focus right now.

Profile

Age: 55

Hometown: Martinsville, Ind.

Occupation: Massage therapist

When did you move to Payson and what brought you here? I moved to Payson in December to get out of the heat and commotion in the Valley.

What's the biggest risk you've taken recently? Moving to the Rim Country and trying to find a place to live.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given? Pay attention to what you're doing.

Three things you want people to know about you: I really believe in the environmental movement and taking care of Mother Earth; I'm a very experienced massage therapist; I appreciate the structure and function of the human body.

When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up? A veterinarian.

Favorites

Book: "The Mitford Series" by Jan Karon

Song: Music by Celine Dion

Food: Mexican

Movie: "Erin Brockovich"

Vacation spot: Gulf Shores, Ala.

Sport to watch: Tennis

Recreational activity: Hiking

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