From the desk of Jen Jaynes, LMT...
You just got the great massage you’ve been looking forward to all week. You feel wonderful and your hair is a mess. You’re about to float out the door into Copley Square, when your massage therapist asks you if you have just a minute to talk. Well, you think, just a minute, sure...
I regularly sit down with clients in my Boston massage office to let them know what I found in their sore muscles, ask how they feel now, and even give them some exercises to try at home. That’s right, I give massage homework!
Before you decide that’s too much effort, let me explain why I recommend homework. Very few people get a massage the instant they feel an ache. So why not do something easy at home to make the effects of your therapeutic massage last longer and keep you feeling great until the next time you can get massage? That’s the goal of massage homework: keep you feeling as good as possible for as long as possible.
So what does massage homework look like? It will be tailored to your needs such as a neck stretch, a simple exercise for your wrists or squats. I try to keep it to under a minute total, once or twice a day; I know you’re busy! I recommend an exercise or stretch because I’ve felt a muscle causing you problems, and want to share a way that you can slow or stop the issue. Massage homework is a chance for you to be active in achieving your own wellness.
Jen Jaynes Licensed Massage Therapist
Jen Jaynes is a licensed massage therapist and a 2006 graduate of the Muscular Therapy Institute in Watertown, MA (now the Cortiva Institute in Boston). Jen enjoys working with clients to meet their wellness goals through massage. Through discussion with the client and careful observation, she creates a custom ized massage and treatment plan for each client, drawing from Swedish, deep tissue, myofascial, and sports massage techniques. She works both specifically, to release tight muscles, and generally, to help clients integrate all their muscles into a smoothly working whole. Using this variety of tools, Jen creates a deep and effective massage.
Jen received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Brandeis University and is a member of American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). She is dedicated to ongoing education, and regularly takes workshops to develop additional massage skills, including prenatal massage, myofascial release for shoulder dysfunction, hot stone massage, and sports massage. She brings these techniques to each session, to create the ideal combination of massage methods for each client.
Jen enjoys finding new sports and ways to use her body. During massage school, she also trained in a western martial art of full-contact sword fighting, and learned first-hand how effective massage can be for hard-working muscles. She is currently learning aerial arts, such as silks and static trapeze. Because of her experience in several demanding sports, she has an understanding and open mind for how clients use their body and the demands they place on it daily. Her massages focus on helping her client’s body meet all of the challenges of their every day life and physical activities with ease and comfort.