by Melissa LaScaleia
Introduce me to your family.
I live with my brother Noah, and my two new puppies Jack and Billy. My parents bred them. They are eight months old and a lot of work.
Where are all the places you came from? Where do you live now?
I was born and raised on Long Island, NY. Then I lived in Virginia for fourteen years. Now I live in Myrtle Beach in Socastee.
Why did you move to Myrtle Beach?
It was the right combination of affordability and beach and I thought I would do well professionally here, as I’m a massage therapist. This is a big retiree and vacation community, and retirees want to take care of themselves well, while the vacationers like to pamper themselves well.
What is your favorite place in Myrtle Beach?
I like to visit Grand Park at the Market Common. I walk by myself or with my dogs, and watch teams playing sports, or spend time near the big lake.
What do you like the most about living here?
I like that the dynamic of Myrtle Beach is always changing. There’s a big influx of people who move here in the summer, and a lot of activity, then in the winter, there’s a lot more quiet. No matter the season, it’s never the same.
How has your lifestyle changed since moving here?
I spend a lot more time outside in nature, at the beach and the state parks. I have more freedom and inspiration and motivation since I’ve moved here. And I love the weather. I also started my own business, Sage Wellness, which offers yoga and massage therapy. I teach weekly group yoga classes at my studio. Classes are a custom blend of my own style based on traditional hatha sequencing. For massage, I specialize in traditional Thai massage, which helps people attain a wider range of motion with assisted stretching. I also offer deep tissue and hot stone massages.
What new activities have you taken up since moving here?
Walking. The pups love it and the weather is great.
Do you find people friendlier or more at ease?
I do. People are either retired or on vacation. Both things make them happy. I always get a friendly hello from strangers.
What is one thing that your neighbors don’t know about you?
If they don’t know, it’s because I don’t want them too…
What are your favorite things to do here?
My favorite things to do are go to the beach, take baths, and read.