Client Spotlight, May 2017

Wade Trammell

*Retired Firefighter

*Golfer

*Camper

*CrossFitter

Wade makes retirement look amazing.  He is a retired firefighter and now spends his time golfing, camping, and doing CrossFit.  He is wonderful to work with and if feels great to be apart of his health care team!  

Q: How often do you come in for massage sessions?

A:  Not often enough. I'm pretty good at waiting until I'm in some sort of pain that inflicts itself on me somewhere, ormuscle tightness that won't go away. That's when you get a text from me pleading for an open slot for that day. (Sorry about that, my bad I know ;-)) but I always leave wondering why I don't I get massages more often! You're getting so popular now I might be forced to schedule you in advance like a normal pro-active organized adult human should.

Q: How do you feel massage helps you?

A: Your massages get me back on track with my life in general, workouts, and especially golf. Tension kills a golf swing, so any compensations in my swing due to aches/pains or muscle tightness can wreak havoc on my game. Besides that, I always love the way I feel after I leave your office, especially the days that follow right after a session. Its a huge benefit in many ways. Just feeling like everything is working properly and in sync with my body is amazing, and you get me back to that baseline every time I get a massage. 

Q: What would you tell someone about massage that has never received one before?

A:  I wonder who hasn't ever had a a massage? Those poor souls! 

I think its a great way to keep you in a position to feel better about anything you do physically no matter what that may be. If your body is feeling the way it should, and moving correctly without compensating, the whole day is better and more efficient. Massage with Jessica can do that. I would suggest to anyone/everyone to try a true therapeutic massage once. Those spa feel good massages are nice too, and Jessica could do those as well I'm sure, but I go to her to get back to feeling more functional. She's got a gift of finding where my real tension hides, which is usually a surprise to me too, until Jessica finds it. She's really good at that. So, if even if you have never had a massage, or you have and you didn't think it was worth the money, you didn't go to Jessica. In my opinion, she is every bit as important to my physical well being as my doctor and chiropractor, and way more relaxing. The results are undeniable.

Client Spotlight, February 2017

Morgan Newman Dodson

AKA Master Newman

Vice President of East West Kung Fu

When I first met Morgan, she was kicking butt at CrossFit Danville.  So fast and so strong!  I had no idea that she was a Kung Fu Master.  Here is some of Morgan's Kung Fu accomplishments. When she is not doing either of those, she is busy being an amazing mom!! Morgan has been a client and a friend for a few years now and I always look forward to seeing her.  I asked her a few questions about how she uses massage to keep moving...

Q: How often do you come in for massage sessions?

A:  I try to come in once a month for massages, but it really depends on my crazy schedule. If I could, I would come in weekly though. I’m always reminded how good i feel after I walk out of Jessica’s office, and each time I’m done I swear to myself that I’m going to get in more. Then life gets in the way! :)

Q: How do you feel massage helps you?

A: Massage allows me to do what I love! I teach and train at East West Kung Fu 6 days a week and workout at Crossfit Danville 4 days, so my body definitely needs the help that Jessica provides. Between kung fu, CrossFit and running after our two year old, I am always on the go, so I love my massage time to just unwind and take care of myself. It has also helped to repair lots of different issues I’ve had, including recovery from my ruptured bicep tendon about a year and a half ago. I couldn’t believe the difference in my mobility after Jessica’s massage sessions post surgery.

Q: What would you tell someone about massage that has never received one before?

A:  I would say, don’t walk, RUN, and get one! Once you try it, you’ll be hooked. It’s so important for physical maintenance, especially if you are an active person. But regardless, everyone can really benefit from great massage work, and Jessica definitely provides that! 

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Price increase starting October 1st

To My Amazing Clients,

It has been 3 years since I launched this business.  I have had the opportunity to work with an amazing bunch of people, from office workers, to CrossFitters, to professional athletes. I have learned so much and gained valuable experience. I have also continued my education through courses in RockTape application, CrossFit Mobility, and XPECORE Myofascial training.  

After three years, it is time for that first price increase.  Beginning October 1st, I will be raising my prices.  Details can be found on the Services page on my website.  If you are interested, you can still buy packages and gift cards on the Shop page at current prices until October 1st. 

I want to thank you all for what has been an amazing experience so far.  I look forward to continuing to work with you in the years to come.

-Jessica

XPE CORE Myofascial Therapy Certification

I just returned home from Baca Raton, FL.  I have been looking for a sports massage class for awhile now and boy did I find it!  It was such a great experience!  I worked with professional athletes, had an amazing teacher, and was in class with some great massage therapists.  I can't wait to get back to work and share what I learned with my clients.

About the class...

Our mornings were spent in class.  We learned new techniques from the amazing George Kousaleos.  Then we would pack up the tables and head over to XPE Sports.  We set up our 9 tables and would wait for the athletes to finish up their training and get on the table.  We worked with lots of athletes from NFL, NHL, MMA, tennis, as well as retired athletes that just wanted some time on the table.  I mean who can pass up a free massage?  I had a few professional athletes on my table and it felt great to be a part of their recovery.

Tables are ready!

Tables are ready!

Part of the fun of being at XPE was watching the athletes train.  Agility and speed training as well as some sport specific movements are just fun to watch.  So in any down time, I just sat and watched the athletes do their thing.  Tony Villani (the owner and trainer of XPE) was amazing. Not just telling his athletes what to do, but doing the workout alongside the NFL players.  He is quick and very creative with all of their drills. 

Tony Villani, me, and George Kousaleos

Tony Villani, me, and George Kousaleos

The afternoons we were back in the classroom for more learning.  We traded work with our fellow classmates and got to experience the work.  I have to say it was always a treat to be the one on the table!  Again.....free massage!

Our group at XPE Sports with Ryan (our teacher/tour guide)

Our group at XPE Sports with Ryan (our teacher/tour guide)

Our evenings were open for us to do what we wanted.  I made it to CrossFit twice.  My intention was to go 4 days, but after hanging out with my classmates, I wanted to spend the nights with them as well.  We went to the beach, we hung out in the hotel, and we even made it out to a movie.  It was great to spend time with other massage therapists!

A group of us at the beach in beautiful Del Rey, Florida

A group of us at the beach in beautiful Del Rey, Florida

New to me...

Since my first day of massage school, I have been affecting fascia.  I have been working with the intention of warming, stretching, and improving the health of the fascia.  The big thing I see now is the benefit to working with the fascia of the entire body in a single session.  Having a method of working on this connective tissue in a way that increases ease of movement can be beneficial to everybody.  We learned how to increase openness through the torso which can increase rotation and decrease stiffness and can even help increase space for inhalation.  I learned new ways to help with hips, shoulders, neck, head, face, feet, glutes, pecs, sub scap, and some great psoas work. I look forward to incorporating what I learned into sessions, as well as doing sessions that are all structural bodywork.

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