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Let Your Worries Fall Away special offers

I haven’t offered a discount for the past couple years and probably won’t again for at least another year, but I have some extra time available these next few weeks and would love to fill it with this work that I love so much.

Now is a great time to become a new client (or come back after a break!) and I have something to offer my regular clients too:

New client offer

If you are new to my practice or it’s been longer than two years since your last visit,  a ninety minute session is available to you for the price of one hour (Save $40). Because I require new clients to book ninety minutes, this is a great opportunity to save on your first session!

Existing client offer: Save $10 on one hour and save $15 on 90 minute sessions.craniosacral massage auburn ca



What you will receive

My treatments combine CranioSacral Therapy (CST) and therapeutic massage techniques in a session that can benefit a wide variety of health issues and stress related conditions, or simply create a deeper inner connection and integration of body, mind and spirit.

Some conditions treated by CST

* Migraine Headaches
* Chronic Neck and Back Pain
* Motor-Coordination Impairments
* Colic
* Autism
* Central Nervous System Disorders
* Orthopedic Problems
* Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
* Scoliosis
* Infantile Disorders
* Learning Disabilities
* Chronic Fatigue
* Emotional Difficulties
* Stress and Tension-Related Problems
* Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
* Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
* Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
* Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
* Post-Surgical Dysfunction

I work with the whole family; from children and parents to grandparents, and love to provide prenatal care throughout a woman’s entire pregnancy.

Please note: discounts listed above can only be applied to appointments scheduled before Nov. 6th and may not be applied towards sessions with Brooke. Please mention this offer when you come for your session. Thank you!

About Jessica’s sessionsAuburn CA Massage therapist

Jessica combines hands-on bodywork including craniosacral and massage with energy work to create a deeply healing and peaceful experience. Craniosacral work is a gentle touch therapy that often helps calm the nervous system, decrease inflammation and treat many physical, emotional, mental and spiritual conditions. Sessions are sixty or ninety minutes for adults and 30-45 minutes for children. Schedule online here  or call 530-906-8668

Craniosacral Therapy for head injuries

craniosacral therapy for head injuriesAfter several successful experiences treating head injuries with craniosacral work, I’m wanting to help more people in this way. I started looking into head injuries among high school football players and this article by the Huffington Post is very worrisome. Research and postmortem brain biopsies of high school football players showed 3 out of 10 had signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The disease, caused by head trauma such as concussion, leads to dementia, memory loss, suicidal thoughts, and personality and mood changes, among other progressive symptoms.The rates were higher as they advanced into college or pro level football. This is terrible and my heart just aches for these young people and their families! But I also learned that CST has been studied and looks like it helps. A 2017 study published by the Journal of Medical Acupuncture about CST and Concussion  showed craniosacral therapy to be clinically beneficial for post concussive syndrome. What if football players got treated with CST after every head injury?

So happy together …

Auburn California Massage Therapist Brooke Poletti

In my last blog, I shared that I felt so uncertain about the future of my business after a year of unsettling change.  I set an intention to invite simplicity and clarity to my practice, and thankfully my dear friend, Brooke Poletti, answered! As an independent business owner and advanced practitioner, Brooke joins us with her own clientele, and lucky for all of us , some availability for new clients as well. We are fortunate indeed to be able to house her practice within our walls. I highly encourage you to give yourself a gift of at least one session with Brooke, who can be booked online or contacted by phone 530-305-3284 for scheduling requests.

Please click here for more about Brooke’s work. I’d also like to offer a bit of a personal testimonial. Nearly ten years ago, when I first met Brooke, she was a mentor for me as I began my practice at Healing Hands Wellness Center. At that time, I was in a severe car accident which left me with debilitating head, neck and shoulder pain. Thankfully, I was able to receive regular massages from Brooke and through her therapeutic, corrective deep tissue work, my pain lessened enough for me to continue to develop myself as a massage therapist. Without Brooke’s work I may not be practicing today. I received a massage from Brooke last week and was again reminded how truly therapeutic her work is. Her technique and pressure are consistent and always prove effective. She recently became certified in prenatal and postpartum massage and added massage cupping to her menu. Again, we are all lucky to have her and I so look forward to some of my clients experiencing her work!


Learning to dance with what is

I recently became painfully aware that whatever semblance of rhythm was left in my life had become the rhythm of NO rhythm. In fact, most of my days are a complete cacophony. The patterns of yesterday never fit today. This is not my favorite thing, to say the least. For most of my life I’ve taken pride in being a good planner and organizer, and I’m also highly sensitive, so constant chaos and unpredictability is actually a real challenge for my body, mind and spirit to integrate. I’ve struggled, protested, dug my heels in and tried to enforce law and order, all in vain. I just can’t force my life to behave itself.

It actually has become so ridiculously disorderly it’s laughable, and in that hilarity I sometimes remember how to dance. Improvisationally of course, which is awkward, embarrassing and full of risk taking, danger and foolishness. Improvisational dance is also playful, joyful, meditative, and can be one of the most beautiful forms of movement I have ever felt or seen, because in improv, when dancers are so absolutely present with what IS, in that one powerful, poignant moment, PURE MAGIC is created. Which is what I hope my process will become, eventually.

I’m still in the awkward, embarrassing and foolish stage of the dance though, seemingly in all areas of my life. There are constant changes and interruptions in my family rhythms, including schedules, finances, health, and our daily sleep, food and play cycles.  For the past two years my husband has been creating a small mushroom farm and juggling numerous part time and temporary jobs which has meant countless changes in our schedules and finances.  Add to this a 14 year old son half-time and new baby full time and you have a holy mess!

Dancing with this constant change at home I now feel I’m running my business as if standing on a surfboard, and, not yet adept at surfing, always feeling wobbly and off balance. It takes most of my focus to keep my own head above water and yet, I’ve been imagining I could keep a busy practice afloat while I’m actually close to drowning. Needless to say I’m not doing the greatest job with most of my administrative tasks, including keeping us staffed.  After one more massage therapist (The fourth since my daughter was born last July) said goodbye a few weeks ago, I finally got the message that this business model isn’t working for me. I’m simply not very good at managing a massage studio right now.

Awkward? Yes. thinking of all the foolish mistakes I’ve made on this journey makes me cringe.  Embarrassing? Totally.  Early on in life I internalized a belief that I must finish what I start. I constantly hear a voice in my head saying, “If you’re going to do something, do it right”.  These beliefs lead me to act as if I just work hard enough, I can force it all to work out.  But sometimes it doesn’t. And part of me just hates that!

Rather than fight it, I realize this is the part of the dance where’s there’s a need  just a pause. A poignant moment that allows me to get grounded and centered and able to respond to whatever is actually happening, instead of what I’m anticipating or wanting to happen.

In this moment I notice I love my work with my clients more than ever before. I love going to the sacred space we just moved into, opening up the door, walking up the stairs, welcoming a precious human being for a session, and together presencing a timeless healing experience that rejuvenates, restores and soothes the body and mind. This part does work. Hallelujah!

I also notice I have absolutely no energy, heart or creative fire for advancement, growth, success or expansion in a business sense. A year ago I imagined myself working from home, managing a busy massage studio from my cell phone and laptop, becoming a social media guru while my baby somehow entertained herself or napped for hours.  I laugh so hard now at this vision, as most days I can’t even find my cell phone, much less keep it charged up to talk and organize with. And naps? What are those?

I don’t know exactly what’s next for me professionally, but I’m catching glimmer by being more present with what’s here now. I am actually quite relieved that my practice isetting smaller and quieter and requiring much less management. I offer a few sessions per week, by appointment, usually on Fridays and Saturdays when I am blessed with my husband’s flexible schedule and his ability to be with our daughter.  I’m so glad to have Denise Obray working with me and also grateful for the other massage therapists who have passed through my doors with their offerings and have now moved on.

It’s relaxing to let go of the need to know the next step. The music does have a beat, it’s just not in the place I expect it to be.  Awkward, foolish, unsteady I may be, but I’m going to be present with that too, and trust this process that I know will eventually illuminate a pure, powerful and purposeful movement once again.