Get to Know Tiffany Jackson, LMT

Our photo of Tiffany's first day of massage school, in 2011. We were so proud of her!

Our photo of Tiffany posing outside of the “old spa” before her first day of massage school, in 2011.

Tiffany Jackson has been our longest-serving spa employee, starting as our front desk manager in February 2009 right after we opened, eventually attending massage school to become one of our popular Licensed Massage Therapists!  While our spa guests missed seeing Tiffany at the desk, they quickly determined that she was meant to be in the healing arts profession and fortunately, she can still fill in for occasional desk shifts.

How long have you been in the industry?

6 years total, 2.5 as a licensed massage therapist.

What are your licenses?

Massage Therapy and Reiki Master.  I’m currently studying Unlimited Body modality too.

Why did you go into this field?

I wanted to help people feel better and I’m fascinated by the mind/body connection.

What are your favorite spa services to give?

Prenatal massage and the Gong Fu Chai Scrub

What are your favorite spa services to receive?

Massage and Facials

What is your favorite spa retail product?

Kneipp bath salts, especially the arnica joint and muscle salt

What are your favorite ways to reduce stress?

Epsom salt bath with bergamot, vanilla, and tangerine essential oils

What are your favorite wellness resources?

Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom by Christiane Northrup and You Can Heal Your Body by Louise Hay

Why should clients visit YOU?

I can help them reach a deeper state of relaxation.

To schedule your massage with Tiffany, click here!

What is your favorite muscle to massage and why?

I took a little survey of our massage therapists to find out what muscle or muscle group they love working on and why.  The answers may surprise you!

Teresa Sage: Neck/cranial base release because it is such a nurturing area and because the tension ebbs and flows from the neck to the upper shoulders, almost always laden and heavy with tension on most people, especially females in my experience.

Teresa Sage demonstrates Craniosacral Massage techniques

Teresa Sage demonstrates Craniosacral Massage techniques

Allison Peterson: Erectors because of how they run the entire length of the spine and when they relax, we notice that surrounding larger muscle groups will open up with more ease.

Tiffany Jackson: The neck muscles because I think that is when people relax the most.

Jamee Koopman: The Psoas!  For more information about psoas massage, click here.

Many muscles in the abdominal area contribute to pain and tension, including the psoas and diaphragm.

Many muscles in the abdominal area contribute to pain and tension, including the psoas and diaphragm.

Clair McClintock: The Diaphragm!  It is often a place that gets left out of treatment for many different ailments.  For example: radiating pain across the ribs, breathing issues, trauma from an accident, and more.  It is not the most relaxing massage but I’ve had so much instant improvement in people’s back pain or some people that have come in with pain they’ve been dealing with for years.  It can be a huge emotional release spot for people.

Cassie Sampson: The Piriformis.  People who have severe pain from sciatic nerve issues can often find relief with massage to the piriformis and surrounding glut and hip muscles.  It wasn’t until I had injured myself and experienced the horrible pain caused by a sciatic nerve issues that I knew just how limiting and painful sciatic nerve issues could be and I liked knowing ways to help.

The piriformis and gluteal muscles can be accessed directly on the skin with proper draping, through sheets or clothing. Gluteal and piriformis massage is extremely beneficial.

The piriformis and gluteal muscles can be treated directly on the skin with proper draping, through sheets or clothing or via stretching. Gluteal and piriformis massage is extremely beneficial.

Justin Behanish: The quadratus lumborum (QL) muscle because it it is the cause (or partial cause) of pain in at least 1/4 of the people who have back-pain.  I think it is too often neglected by massage therapists.

The QL is a small muscle in the lower back that is the root of many peoples' back pain.

The QL is a small muscle in the lower back that is the root of many peoples’ back pain.

Kristiana Moore: The muscles in the feet because many of us stand all day and people find it the most relaxing.  When I get to the foot massage at the end of the session, so many people tend to fall asleep!

If any of our therapist’s responses are tempting you to book a massage to relax your sorest muscles, click here to schedule online!

Get to know Dawn Knutson, LMT!

EastVillageSpaDawnDawn Knutson has been a part of the East Village Spa team since 2011, seeing clients around her busy schedule as a mother to 3 great boys.  Dawn is a great fit for clients looking for a very relaxing and nurturing style of massage.  We are excited for you to get to know her better.  You an schedule an appointment with Dawn by clicking here!

 

How long have you been working in this field?

I have been a Licensed Massage Therapist for 15 years

Why did you go into this line of work?

My dad has always had headaches as long as I can remember, and always had me massage his neck while growing up.  After traveling for a while and not knowing my next step, my Dad checked out some massage schools, without me knowing, and he told me I had an interview with a massage school.  The next day I went to the interview and my gut told me to go with it.  I hadn’t even had a massage before starting school!

What is your favorite service to give?

60 and 80 minute EV Signature Massages and pregnancy massage.

What is your favorite service to receive?

Two Feet Deep and 75 minute Wellness Massages, plus the EV Signature Facial

What is your favorite spa retail product?

Our bath salts and Zoya nail polish.  I also love the Derma E Microdermabrasion scrub.

How do you get involved in your community?

I volunteer weekly at my children’s elementary school and am also on the PTA.

What are your favorite ways to reduce stress?

Get a massage every other week and take a bath with Kneipp bath salts.

What are your favorite suggestions or tips for clients?

Relaxing is a huge takeaway for guests.  Working out, taking a bath, stretching…these will all help your body feel better longer!

Do you have a special talent or unique hobby?

I like to hoop dance

Why should clients visit YOU?

I feel that I give my clients my entire attention. I listen to your needs and like to tailor my massage to fit with what you are seeking for your end result from your session. I like connecting with people and feel that I can help make a difference in helping others to relax.

 

 

Get to know Kristiana

kristiana_moore_east_village_spaKristiana Moore is a popular massage therapist at East Village Spa with clients who visit regularly for stress reduction and relaxation.  She is a quiet, calming presence among our team and we are so thankful she chose to join us!  Her passion for her work is obvious to all who visit her at the spa.

Why did you choose a career as a massage therapist?

Ever since I was a child I wanted to go into a field where I could help people.  Being a massage therapist is a perfect way to achieve this and is something I truly love doing.

How long have you been a massage therapist?

I graduated from massage school in 2007 and received my license in 2008.

What is your favorite treatment to give?

The Heavenly Hot Stone Massage because it is really a comforting massage to receive and you can relax the minute the warm stones touch your skin.

What is your favorite treatment to receive?

The Wellness Facial because I fall asleep within 5 minutes every time!

What are your favorite spa products?

The Farmhouse Fresh Hello Yellow Shea Butter lotion because it smells like summertime and the Clarisonic Cleansing brush because it makes your skin feel so clean and fresh!

What are your favorite ways to reduce stress?

Hiking, yoga, exercise, reading a good book or watching a TV show or movie with my husband at the end of a long day.

What is your best advice for clients?

In the fast-paced world that we live in it is so important to take time to do something for yourself.  Take 15-30 minutes  each day to do something that just allows you to relax and clear your mind.  I think you’ll be surprised at how much better it will make you feel!

What is one of your favorite wellness quotations?

“When you feel like you are having a day when you have the weight of the world on your shoulders…do squats!”

Do you have any talents or hobbies people might not know about?

My husband and I love to hike.  We are always looking for our next outdoors adventure.  I’ve also learned to crochet and it is great for 30 minutes of “me time” during the cold winter months.

Kristiana is too modest to answer my question of why clients should visit her, so I’ll answer for her! 

She has been a massage therapist for 7 years and she still has a strong passion for her career.  She is always wanting to learn more and take new classes, she frequently spends breaks reading massage books or articles.  During a session, her focus is on you, the client.  Clients know they can rest their mind and body and receive her full attention during a treatment.

To schedule a session with Kristiana, click here and make sure to select her name from the drop down menu of therapists!