Hi, I'm Jami
I specialize in massage therapy that is both nurturing, intuitive, and deeply grounding, but also work that is specific and deep enough to address your pain and tension.
My ambition is that each of my clients leaves their session feeling more educated about, and more connected to their body, values, and authentic self.
I work with clients of all body types, from all walks of life, and all gender identifications.
I am doing my best to learn, grow, and be an ally to folks in marginalized communities including, but not limited to LGBTIA+ folks and people of color. And I'm open to discussions and feedback on topics that further my knowledge and expansion in allyship and in helping ALL of my clients feel seen, heard, supported, & nurtured.
I have a particular passion for helping my clients cultivate a greater sense of self-worth and empowerment, by promoting self-care and body positivity.
If you are looking for:
A massage that leaves you feeling relaxed, peaceful, & cared for, but also with less pain, tension, and discomfort than you came in with.
A means to incorporate more regular practices into your life that allow you to take better care of yourself.
Ways to take the time to reconnect you who you are on a deeper level and to what matters most to you?
Pathways to transforming any negative "self-talk" that we each catch ourselves thinking; into thoughts and beliefs that empower you to grow and develop self-love and acceptance.
An approach that helps you feel better overall and allows you to keep doing the things you love.
Then I can be a partner on your journey to wellness and maintaining wellness.
I was lead to create Blue Lotus as my own, personal massage practice, after having worked for 9 years in a large, bustling massage practice.
While I loved my work, my clients, and my talented coworkers, I wanted to have the freedom to create a schedule that would allow me the time and flexibility to truly focus my full attention on each client, from the moment they arrived to the moment they walked out the door.
My experience has taught me that there will be days in which a client might have a unique set of circumstances, or have had a particularly difficult week. I prefer to be able to take an extra the 5 minutes it might take to listen intently, and create the best session possible for them, rather than feel rushed to change my room over for the next client who is waiting.
My focus is the quality of the time that my clients set aside and pay for, over the quantity of appointments that I can fit into a day. I structure each session to meet your needs because massage is a remarkably good investment in yourself, but I understand that it is still a big investment, and can be cost prohibitive for some.
I believe that massage shouldn’t be just a luxury, it should be an investment in working toward good physical and mental health in the years to come. Therefore, my objective is to give each client the best value for the money the put aside and invest in themselves.
And I believe that this time on the table is not only about addressing physical aches and pains, but it is also a practice of honoring and loving oneself.
You are worthy of taking time for yourself.
“Self-care is never a selfish act - it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others.
Anytime we can listen to true self and give the care it requires, we do it not only for ourselves but for the many others whose lives we touch.” - Parker J Palmer
It is my nature to be gentle, nurturing, and empathetic. I grew up being the "overly sensitive" child, who could pick up on other people's emotional states and empathized with anyone and everyone. At times it was hard for me to tolerate large groups of people, particularly if there was discord or conflict present.
I didn't know what this feeling was, why I felt it, or why most other people didn't feel those things. For the majority of my life, this "sense" that I had, was not really welcomed by my world and this lead me to feel like there was something wrong with me. So I began to suppress it. And you can guess how that went. (...you're right if you guessed that it just kept popping back up!) Luckily for me, I would eventually find my calling.
Around the time I was 8 years old, I began experiencing tension headaches. Looking back, I can clearly see that part of the culprit was physical, but part of the culprit was also emotional trials that I was experiencing, in combination with the fact that I couldn't define or understand my intuitive gifts.
These headaches continued and became debilitating as I completed my teenage years and moved into my early 20’s.
This was also coupled with bouts of severe depression, anxiety, and a heavy dose of crippling self-doubt and poor self-esteem. In my college years, these factors, along with a series of abusive relationships (mostly emotional, sometimes physical) led me to a place where it was difficult for me to see any light at the end of the tunnel.
However, I reached a turning point (yay!), and vowed to place my own needs and health above others for a while, and practically forced myself into healthy relationships, with stable partners. Even though this component of my health was transforming, I was still suffering from regular headaches, and sometimes unbearable neck and shoulder pain.
My junior year of college, my mother made me go to the emergency room.
The reason? - I could barely walk because my neck was in so much pain. She was convinced I’d gotten meningitis. After lots of questions and tests, I was released and given 800mg of ibuprofen to take every 6 hours.
The prognosis? - Tension and Stress. My first thought was “You’re kidding me, right...?”
5 years later, my husband ended up driving to the emergency room in the middle of the night, because I woke up feeling like I was on fire. I had gotten out of bed to cool off, and within a matter of 30 seconds, I was freezing. The best way that I can describe it, is that I felt cold from the inside, and suddenly, I was shaking uncontrollably. I was delirious and terrified.
And again, after lots of questions and blood tests, the prognosis was “Generalized Anxiety Disorder.” And again, I thought “You’re kidding me, right?! But I haven’t felt anxious or stressed out. I’m working full time and going to school, but I’ve felt totally fine.”
But boy, my body was saying something else entirely!
My college education was in film and television. After graduating, and having worked for a local television station for about 2 years, I decided that I was going to look into holistic health and herbalism.
I’m not sure I can pinpoint the exact moment I decided to become a massage therapist.
In fact, I’d never even had a professional massage before. All I knew was that I firmly believed that we are given everything we need on this Earth heal ourselves, we just have to look for and be open to solutions to our health issues. And I just knew that I had some sort of underlying gift that I want to use to “help people.
From that point forward, I became determined that this was the path for me. I started introducing myself to other people in the community who were massage therapists and/or involved in the healing arts, something I would have never done before. I just felt compelled and called to. At that point, it was though everything just started falling into place.
It took me several years of receiving regular massage (from some amazing fellow therapists), regular chiropractic work, and learning what to do to take care of my body, but I reached a point where I stopped getting those awful headaches nearly every day. They came less and less. I felt stronger, and generally, more at ease.
Not only that, but becoming a massage therapist allowed me to feel proud and accomplished. I was able to embrace my gentleness and grow the intuitive gifts that had been underappreciated for the majority of my life.I felt that I’d finally found something I was good at!
I felt my confidence grow, and I found it easier and easier to connect with people and get to know them as clients. I felt like I had been this seed that had been growing so slowly for so long, and then suddenly, I bloomed and opened up to the world.
(Hence the name Blue Lotus.)
Massage therapy literally turned my life around. And beyond pain relief, I believe it can have profound effects on how we connect with and perceive ourselves in the world.
At Blue Lotus, I welcome clients who are ready to grow into their best selves and commit to regular massage, whether it be weekly, monthly, or quarterly. Committing to regular bodywork serves to reduce your pain and stress levels, honor your body and all it does for you, and to improve your quality of life.
I have a wealth of experience working with tension headaches, neck and shoulder pain, TMJ disorders, as well as lower back and hip issues. I also have considerable experience working with clients with chronic pain syndromes, fibromyalgia, dystonia, and Ehlers Danlos/hypermobility syndromes.