I decided to connect with interesting people who exemplify and embody gratitude. To learn more about their gratitude habits. And to allow their stories to show how mindful gratitude can heal, inspire, energize and connect us.

Over the last couple of years, I’ve had the opportunity to experience the amazing therapeutic massage work of Kaegan Taft, CEO of Natural Rituals Spa in Denver, CO. I connected with her because she truly walks the talk and exemplifies service from a place of gratitude.

Kaegan makes you feel appreciated and important from the moment you meet her, helping you begin to relax before her work even starts. She knows what a difference it makes when we feel appreciated and welcomed. She shared with me that gratitude inspires the quality of service she provides because she is genuinely grateful for each and every client. Her soft and caring spoken words bring voice to the sincere gratitude and passion she has for her craft.

Finding an amazing service provider is absolutely something to appreciate, and I’d also argue that the connection between massage therapy and gratitude is more than just the enjoyment of luxurious pampering. Massage is a widely valued integrative tool and treatment for mental and physical health with many benefits to be grateful for: decreased muscle tension and less pain, improved circulation and flexibility, lower stress levels and even decreased anxiety, just to name a few additional benefits to appreciate.

For me, massage helps with all of the above and it reconnects me to my body, to find gratitude for the sacred vessel that holds my soul. Most of us lose touch with our bodies. We get stuck in our heads with our minds trying to process the overwhelming amounts of incoming stimuli in today’s 24/7 world. Massage is a beautiful way to reground, recenter and reconnect with our wholeness – a way to calm our nervous system and relax tense muscles and feel gratitude for what our bodies can do.

I love that Kaegan has created business and service offerings to help individuals relax, renew and recharge so we can pay that grateful energy forward and make a difference in the lives we each touch. She understands and articulated that gratitude breeds loyalty and is a great business strategy. Receiving gratitude from her clients feels amazing too and motivates her to be her best and keep making a difference.

We all have this human desire to feel noticed and appreciated. So let’s continue to share these gifts of gratitude for each other whenever and wherever we can. Thank you Kaegan and keep up the amazing work!

What are you grateful for today?

Take a couple minutes out of your day to create/reinforce the habit of gratitude. Even and especially if it's a hard day. Where can you notice something beautiful or meaningful? Who can you thank? What might be a lesson or blessing in disguise? Take a deep breath. Become present and choose gratitude. ♥