How Under The Elder Tree came to be
When the universe has a plan to unfold,
it does whatever it must to make it happen.
Under The Elder Tree opened it's doors in the Spring of 2014,
but this Tree's seed had been planted many years before.
I’m Carrie Eller, Owner of Under The Elder Tree.
When I was a child, I loved to spend time at my Grandmother Barbara’s house. She was a teacher & collector of knowledge and loved sharing it all with me.
I’m a voracious reader, so I would spend hours upon hours going through her bookshelves. She was such an open minded, independent woman and her collection reflected this. I devoured books on Herbalism, Eastern Philosophy, Woman’s Health, Native Flora & Fauna, Folk Medicine, and
other odd and mind expanding subjects.
She was also a bit of a hypochondriac, so a good many
of her books were health and medically based. (sorry Grandma!)
I also poured through my father's EMT certification manuals.
The detailed anatomy drawings fascinated me greatly.
While sitting on my Father’s Mother’s floor at a very young age,
the seed was planted.
Fast forward some years later. My brother, Chad, was such an explorer and naturalist. He spent every waking hour in the woods identifying and collecting plants. I can distinctly remember the pungent smell of Sassafras tea bubbling on the kitchen stove. He eventually became so proficient at plant identification that he started hunting and harvesting wild Ginseng for a profit as a teenager. While I too spent a good bit of time in the woods, it was usually with a book in hand and my nose buried in it.
What he would bring home, I would then look up and figure out it’s usages. I had no inkling of actually doing anything special with my knowledge, I just had the compulsive need to acquire it and squirrel it away in my brain somewhere.
The seed was being nurtured.
As I grew a bit older, I floundered in College. I didn’t have a real direction
I wanted to go in, and truthfully, I put more effort
into having a good time, rather than my required studies.
As a result, at 21, I had my eldest son, Liam.
The magnitude of my duty kicked in, and I strongly felt it was important to be home with him while he was young,. So I put my education on hold until
he himself was ready to start school.
During my time home, I still continued to endlessly consume books on every subject that piqued my interest. Thankfully, the Paradox bookstore, right here in Centre Market, kept this struggling single mother stocked with stacks of cheap books to keep this reading junkie satisfied.
When my son was about 4, I had some major health issues that landed me in the hospital. I was young and had no insurance.
So out of necessity,
I had to figure out how to heal my own self.
This is where all my collection of knowledge was first tested.
I applied my know-how and rebuilt my body the way it needed.
My formulation was so effective for me
that it’s still the basis of the Liver Strengthening Tea
that is one of the best sellers in the shop to this day.
This was my first realization of the true power of my self education.
But, at this stage, I never thought beyond applying this information to anything other than my own health concerns.
It was creeping up on time for kindergarten registration. I was in a bit of a panic because I still hadn’t figured out what I wanted to go back to school for.
Nothing offered locally really seemed like something I wanted to do
for the rest of my life.
For Christmas that year, someone scheduled me a spa package. I never had been to a spa before, so I was a bit apprehensive at what to expect. I had a pedicure and massage set up, and truthfully I was scared to death to have a stranger touch my undressed body! I nearly cancelled I was so nervous about it.
But I stepped out of my comfort zone and went...
10 minutes into my massage session, I literally had an Epiphany-
It struck me like a bolt of lightning - I knew without a single doubt
what I was supposed to be doing in life!
I was so sure of this fact, that within 2 weeks of that session, I was enrolled in Massage Therapy school in Pittsburgh!
It was the best feeling in the world to have such a
concrete direction of my life path.
I started school in 2001 and finished my 900 hours of education and started practicing. I've built my skills up over the years in numerous different settings- everywhere from high end spas to mom & pop salons, wellness businesses, contracting in professional athletic venues,
to providing medical therapy in a Chiropractic office.
Each locale provided me with more varied skills to add to my professional tool belt to better serve you.
And while I practiced, all the continuing education I was required to have, I took as many alternative health and healing courses I could find.
It's just such a fascinating subject!
At this point, I was contemplating how to market this knowledge, but had
serious doubts that the Valley was ready for such "progressive" ideas.
(Side note- my other 2 children, Maddox & Samara, want me to make sure
that they get mentioned in my story too.
They both arrived between 3-6 years after starting my Massage Career.
Many of you have seem them around the shop. And Samara has become quite the shop helper! I trying to instill a love for helping in her with the hopes that she follows in my footsteps and keeps the Tree of Healing
alive and well for many years to come.)
When I was ready to set up shop on my own, I chose a name that already had a significant meaning in my life.
My last name, Eller, is German. And in German, it means,
“Under The Elder Tree”.
And in Spring of 2014, The Elder Tree sprouted.
I was just planning for it to be Massage Therapy business, and offer a few natural relaxation selections for my clients to purchase if wanted.
(As a clean, healthy alternative to Bath & Body Works,
whose products give me terrible headaches)
But everyone who walked in my door saw my few herbs and oils asked if I had any for their various complaints. So, each time, I said, that I could order it in.
I had oodles of knowledge and education, so why not?
So Under The Elder Tree has grown completely by the
request of the people of the Valley. You ask for it, I get it!
Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought
this is what I would be doing in life.
But the Universe knew and was guiding me every step of the way.
Looking back, I can totally see exactly how every seemingly random event in my life was like a pin ball machine lever propelling me in the direction
of where I’m at today.
Three years after opening, I was bursting at the seams and needed to branch out even more. I gave as much as I could in my little inception space and had no choice but to expand. So to Centre Market I went.
And, Oh My! - What an expansion it has been! With this new space,
I’ve brought in 7 new healing practitioners, and expanded
my retail health and wellness options significantly.
And still you want more!
So I am brainstorming endlessly on how to make things better, deepen my knowledge, and how to give you all what you are wanting and needing to help you on your personal Health & Wellness journey.
Under The Elder Tree is growing , thriving and branching out in so many ways.
It’s a living organism that has been nurtured and fertilized by the support the people of Wheeling and the surrounding Ohio Valley.
I feel so honored and humbled to be doing what I am called to do, and cultivating a space where others can answer their own healing calling as well.
We, at Under The Elder Tree are here to help You
on your personal Healing journey.
Health and Wellness care tailored to You!
~*~ How can we help you today? ~*~