Valerie Kelso is known as the woman with a big heart. From a young girl, she knew she was born to make a difference. Her mother and father taught her the art of selflessness and loving others unconditionally. Her Parents are from the Island of Jamaica. Valerie and her 11 siblings were born in England. In 2011 she moved from England to Fort Worth, Texas. Valerie who had severe lower back and shoulder pain realized that if physical pain could be healed, then emotional pain through love and touch can also be healed. Valerie’s passion stems from her own demons of domestic violence, bullying, teen pregnancy, and low self-esteem issues. Her goal is to reach out to hurting women and teen girls. Valerie realized that if you have had any trauma in your life and you do not get the healing the body requires, it breaks down the immune system and cancer cells can be ignited.

Starting at the age of 15 years old, Valerie began a domestic violence journey. At the age of 16, Valerie became pregnant and gave birth to a baby girl. One evening her child’s father was hiding under their daughter’s bed planning to kill her but by the grace of God, Valerie’s father found him and kept that from happening. Valerie allowed her child’s father to remain in her life. At the age of 17, she became pregnant again but lost her daughter due to him beating her non-stop causing her water to break at 7 1/2 months. 

Valerie was not only left with emotional scars but with wounds from being stabbed with a knife after the loss of her daughter. Tired of being beaten, she attempted to take her own life. Valerie continued to ask God why? Why did she have to push out a stillborn baby? Why did he not love her enough to stop the pain and hurt she felt from the hands of her abusers? Despite all this, she knew and felt God must be getting ready to use her in a big way. Valerie decided to move to the US and begin a new life.

After arriving in Fort Worth TX, Valerie graduated from Massage School. That is when she found another way to help people become a better version of themselves. She realized through love the body can repair itself. Her new found career was slowly turning into a ministry. Valerie’s clientele grew quickly and people in the community begin to spread the word about this woman with “healing hands”. Valerie was happy with her business success, however while working as a massage therapist she felt something was missing and lacking. She noticed her client’s needs weren’t being completely filled as they began to release toxins, emotions and old hurts while being massaged. Her female client’s didn’t feel totally comfortable and free to cry or even yell because her employment establishment was unisex.

In September 2015, a still voice from within spoke to her heart to open her own massage center. She prayed and knew she needed to open a place for women and young girls only. In December 2015 the doors to Purple Light Touch Foundation were opened. Purple Light Touch started with three rooms, a room of Hope for cancer sufferers, a Freedom room for women of domestic violence or abuse, and a prayer room. Valerie decided that women and young girls needed their own space and through much prayer opened a Dream room for young girls. She believes that no women or young girl should need to pay to get therapy, massages or healing so the services that we provide are free. These services are not a luxury, but a necessity that allows women and young girls to realize that appropriate touch can help release stored up anger. It gives them the opportunity to release and let go.

When Valerie thought she had finished and achieved her goal she heard Gods voice tell her to keep going. In 2017 she opened up PLT Massage and Wellness LLC. Now she has a 10 room facility, allowing her to offer medical and relaxation massages to both men and women to handle bodies wrapped in pain. If there are days Valerie and her team aren’t massaging at Purple Light Touch it’s because, they are partnering with other non-profits who assist women and teen girls recovering from domestic violence and, or cancer. This new and separate ministry is all about teaching women that not every touch is harmful, and will be erasing pain filled scars in the muscles and nerve ending.

She along with many volunteers work closely with the Women’s Shelter’s, Churches, Counseling Centers, and other advocates for recovering women and teen girls. Showing women and teen girls there is a touch that changes lives in a good and sometimes great way.

Once a month Valerie and the Purple Light Touch volunteer team will host motivational guest speakers, self-help and empowering classes, makeovers, and prayer sessions for their client’s in hopes that it will help spread the word to solidify the bond of sisterhood. We will mentor, teach, and share the power of healing and restoration. If you feel better, you do better that is the Purple Light Touch, and Valerie Kelso way.

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