The name of Becky Rubright’s holistic health business is more than a handle or suggestion. Finding the perfect spot in Seminole Heights for her home and business means that she has achieved her own living harmony.
It’s easy to miss , tucked away behind Rubright’s cozy 1938 house.
“I bought that property specifically for that building,” Rubright says of the 1,188 square foot converted back yard apartment that now serves as her office. “When I first formulated my idea, I always wanted to have my business like that.”
Rubright, a native of Washington D.C., studied at the University of Colorado Boulder before earning a masters of traditional Oriental medicine from the Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in Santa Monica, Calif., in 2002. That year she moved to Apollo Beach, where he mother and brother also live, to open Living Harmony in a storefront space. In 2006 she moved to her current location.
Living Harmony Healing Center
4203 N. Central Ave.
Tampa, FL 33603
Owner: Becky Rubright
On the menu: Living Harmony offers acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and various forms of massage including structural energetic therapy, neuromuscular therapy, deep tissue, pregnancy, hot stone and reflexology. Massage therapist Marlene Hudson is also on the staff.
Why the Chinese way? “I was raised in a very scientifically-oriented family,” said Rubright. “It’s the closest thing based on where I am coming from. It’s a nature-based, phenomenon-based philosophy that’s about observing patterns in the world. It is a really practical application of really esoteric ideas.”
Why Seminole Heights? “All the friends I had made in Tampa were in this area. It has a reputation for being sort of an alternative-minded area.”
Staying despite drawbacks: “I never get any walk-in traffic any more,” Rubright said about foregoing a storefront office for a home office. Nonetheless, “I’m not going anywhere,” Rubright said. “I love it here. It’s kind of like (Washington) D.C. in that it’s urban, but it’s small. And I love the weather. I love being near the beach.”
Her take on a better way: “If you go to a general practitioner,” Rubright offered, “you have to wait maybe an hour, and you’re gonna spend maybe four minutes with the guy, or gal. I have people that have been coming to me for eight years, and I know what’s going in their lives. Every time they come in, we spend maybe 15 minutes talking, and then you get a treatment. It’s very intimate dealing with people one on one.” Rubright intentionally keeps her patient traffic flow low. “I don’t see more than six people a day,” she said. “I’m not trying to drive a BMW.”