GMA Member Uses Rubber Ducks to Overcome Pandemic-Related Depression and Anxiety


Depression and anxiety brought on by the pandemic have become familiar to many across the Triad including Felicia Brown, owner of A to Zen Massage in Greensboro. To get through the shutdown stress, Brown and her husband began holding “impromptu” rubber duck races in their backyard in April. Her short story - Quacking Up - shares her struggle as well as lessons learned along the path of laughter she used to recover. Brown is one of eight authors featured in Break Through: Wisdom of the Soul. “What started out as an afternoon mood booster has become a hilarious hobby. I had no idea how much joy and creativity the Impromptu Rubber Duck Regatta and Dream Team (the ducks featured in the story) would bring to my life! Quacking Up offers a peek into my experience and explores some of what I did to move past a dark time. It’s exciting to share a positive story, especially since it’s about something good that came out of the pandemic.” An author of seven other books, Brown’s first local book signing is planned at A to Zen later in the fall. She also has several speaking engagements scheduled in which she’ll share The Dream Team’s Tips for Quacking Up. Brown is already at work on a “lone duck” book project featuring more life lessons and laughter with the flock. Like many other business owners, Brown closed her business in March 2020 due to COVID-10. Though the award-winning spa was closed for nearly 6 months, A to Zen reopened on September 11th with limited services and hours.

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1) The Dream Team poolside 2) Felicia Brown with the Dream Team 3) Anticipation 4) Yoga Ducks

Contact Information: Felicia Brown 336.508.0790 Direct A to Zen Massage 523 State Street Greensboro, NC 27405 336.508.0790

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About Felicia Brown

Felicia Brown is a massage therapist and the owner of A to Zen Massage, a wellness spa in Greensboro, NC. Felicia is also the author of Free & Easy Ways to Promote Your Massage, Spa & Wellness Business: Volume 1; Reflections of My Heart: A Poetic Journey of Love, Life, Heartbreak and Healing; The Sunflower Princess: A Healing Fairy Tale and several other books. Felicia is a contributing author for numerous books and has written for many trade publications including Les Nouvelles Esthetique & Spa, DAYSPA, Spa Magazine, Skin, Inc., Massage Therapy Journal, Massage Magazine, Massage & Bodywork, Spa Management Journal, Spa Business and Dermascope. Brown has won numerous awards for her business skills and accomplishments including 2009 Spa Person of the Year (Day Spa Association), Top Entrepreneurs of 2009 and Top 25 Movers & Shakers of 2008 by Business Leader Magazine. Other awards include 2007 Volunteer of the Year (American Massage Therapy Association) 2005 Small Business Person of the Year (Greensboro Chamber of Commerce), 2004 Women in Business (The Business Journal), and 2003 Forty Leaders Under Forty