About Your Therapist & Session
Writing a bio is difficult, because the work I do here isn't about me, it's about you and your wellness. But it's important for people to know who their therapist is, and why they chose to enter the healthcare profession.
My whole life I've wanted to ease pain, help people (and animals) heal, and to make a positive difference in the lives of those around me. I've been a farmhand, landscaper, office manager, warehouse manager, truck driver, retail clerk, musician, hockey coach, parent, and healthcare professional, so I understand the stress, anxiety, and the physical demands and injuries people from all walks of life endure. I've also lived with anxiety and panic disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, agoraphobia, back & neck injuries, weight/self-esteem issues, and other conditions. Facing those struggles inspired me to pursue a career in healthcare, so I could use my experiences to offer true understanding and support, ease suffering, and help people return to living healthy, happy lives.
In 1998 I graduated from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy, passed the state and national certification exams, and opened my own practice in Connecticut, where I worked full-time until relocating to Southern New Hampshire in 2016. In addition to my 19 years of experience, I have taken hundreds of hours of continued education to learn new techniques and further hone my skills. I am currently a fully-licensed Massage Therapist in the state of New Hampshire, and a Professional Member of the American Massage Therapy Association.
My goal entering every session is to give you my very best, and have you leave feeling better than when you walked in. Every person who walks through my door is unique, with their own needs, and I use my training, experience, skill, and array of therapeutic techniques to help you recover and feel good again.
If you have questions, or need help in any way, my door is always open. Call or email anytime.
Jamie also enjoys Music (listening, drumming, guitar, writing, recording, etc), photography, cars/racing, hockey, animals, nature, and owning a dog that refuses to stop eating socks and toilet paper. ;)
Your Visit To Healthy & Strong
Before your session
After you're welcomed to Healthy & Strong for the first time, you'll fill out a health intake form. This will provide the therapist with information such as medical history and areas of physical tension/pain so they can create a session that addresses your specific needs. In subsequent sessions your therapist will do a brief verbal check-in to update your file of any changes.
After reviewing your health information and wellness goals the massage therapist will leave the room, shut the door, and you’ll remove clothing to your level of comfort. The massage table will be draped with a sheet and blanket, which you'll lay beneath. The therapist will knock on the door and call out to check if you're ready before entering. You'll remain draped during the entire session except for the part of the body being massaged.
The therapist will create a relaxing atmosphere so you can get the most out of your session. The more your mind and body can relax, the more beneficial the work will be. You can bring your own music (MP3 player or phone) or choose what style is played (if you prefer no music, please tell your therapist). Also, aromatic candles and aroma therapy oils are available (free of charge) upon request.
Massage therapists use lotions or oils to perform gliding techniques over skin (if you have any allergies, please tell your massage therapist beforehand). Depending on the type of session you receive, the therapist will either work areas that have been injured or suffer from tension or soreness, or address overall muscle health with a full body session (except private areas). All you need to do is breathe easy, relax, and inform your therapist of anything they can do to make you more comfortable (more or less pressure, add/remove blanket, etc).
After your session, the therapist will leave the room, shut the door, and allow you to slowly get up and dress in privacy. You'll be given a bottle of spring water and allowed to sit and relax for as long as you need. During this time you and your therapist will handle payment and booking your next session. Much like exercise and dietary changes, the benefits of therapeutic massage are cumulative, so work with your therapist to create a plan that meets your health and wellness goals.