Our Community - Lyn Graham - "Supplying a soothing service in San Pedro"

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 12, No. 41            October 24, 2002

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Lyn Graham

Imagine the rising sun slowly peeking into your bedroom window enticing you out of bed to experience a glorious day in paradise. Imagine a place where the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea are only a few steps away from your door. A place where the gentle breeze caresses your hair as you gaze at the breathtaking view on the horizon. Isn't this how tourists describe their ideal vacation spot? Indeed it is and "La Isla Bonita" considers itself "blessed" with these gifts. For the more adventurous travelers, Ambergris Caye businesses offer a variety of fun water sports and interesting tours to the mainland. The island has many valuable tour guides and businesspeople who work hard to provide visitors with all of these services. What better way to revitalize oneself after an active day, than by enjoying a soothing massage from one of San Pedro's many talented massage therapists. This week The San Pedro Sun is pleased to feature a lady whose magical touch has added pleasure to countless visitors and locals alike - Lyn Graham.  

    Lyn was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio where she fondly remembers her childhood days playing in the woods and picking lilies from a nearby pond. Prior to completing her secondary school education in Ohio, Lyn moved to California with her father and two brothers.

    The late 60s were a great time for young people, so after high school, Lyn just had fun for a couple of years. Her adventures included hitch hiking from California to attend the Woodstock Festival in New York, and living in Hollywood for a while distributing the Free Press (newspaper).

    On October 22nd, 1970, Lyn became the proud mother of a lovely baby girl, Celeste. Three years later she went to work assisting the developmentally disabled at Lanterman State Hospital in Pomona, California. During this time, she also enrolled in a one-year program at Valley Vocational Center in La Puente, California and became a licensed psychiatric technician. Following this, Lyn moved north from the Los Angeles area to San Luis Obispo, an area that had a great demand for someone with these skills.

    In 1980, she did a complete career turn and joined the California Department of Transportation working two years clearing interfering tree limbs from highways and electric/telephone lines. She also worked eight years with the stencil crew painting lines and instructional messages on state roadways. Lyn then accepted an opportunity to link up with a program for first time homeowners. As one in a group of 50 families, Lyn spent every weekend for the next ten months building her own house.

    In 1990, Lyn sold her house and used the money to attend massage school. She chose the Scherer Institute of Natural Healing in Santa Fe, New Mexico because it was a small, holistically-oriented school that stressed the quality of touch more than technique. After finishing her training, Lyn was first employed by a chiropractor and then worked at a resort where she also learned facials and body treatments.

    As fate would have it, Lyn read about a resort in Belize, and ready for a change in her life, decided to explore this part of the world. Nine years ago, she moved to Belize and immediately fell in love with the people. The beauty of the country and the simple lifestyle, not to mention being able to go barefoot, convinced her to move to Ambergris Caye. In San Pedro, Lyn offered out-call massage services to guests of the various island resorts, eventually establishing herself at the SunBreeze Hotel where she now has her business, Serenity Massage.

    In her spare time, Lyn attends yoga classes with other island residents, exchanges treatments and practices new techniques with other massage therapists. She also enjoys reading books on natural healing and metaphysics. 

    An established and recognized massage therapist on the island, Lyn Graham finds much satisfaction providing another luxury that ensures our visitors and residents relax after another busy day in "Our Community."

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