Jo believes massage therapy can be used as one tool towards wellness and health.
Jo is a gender-queer [non-binary] massage therapist using Xe/xyr pronouns. Xe received an AA in massage from Minnesota School of Business in 2010, and a BA in Biology from Dana College in 2005.
Jo worked at Massage Retreat and Spa at Plymouth from 2011- January 2020, when they closed, then opening massage by Jo in Crystal in March 2020.
I seek to provide healing using many different modalities and techniques. From Deep tissue techniques like stretching, active-resistance, frictioning and petrissage and tapotement, to gentle modalities like Lymphatic drainage and scar tissue release I seek to find what works best to meet healing needs for each client.
From Covid-19 to chronic pain, I hold myself to high standards of ethical behavior and safety. I seek to provide kind, thoughtful services. Many aspects are customizable from music or if you want me to wear a mask or heat. If something makes you feel unsafe or uncomfortable, please tell me!
A Full hour of massage to meet a specific goal
A slow movement light modality performed with manual technique to reduce swelling and inflammation, support immune system, and promote relaxation
Deeper pressure, friction and kneading techniques combined with point-pressure to release trigger points and knots to ease pain. Generally can work on 2-3 areas per session, like back and neck, legs and back, back and arms. Due to Covid-19 no face or TMJ work at this time. Uses a coconut-free cream for smoother glide and to reduce friction on the skin.
Working with your individual needs, health history and body to create a massage that is safe and effective. May integrate myofascial release, active-resistance, strain-counter-strain, trigger-point, sports and deep-tissue techniques. Custom music selection and preferences for quiet or conversation creates a client-focused experience. May choose no lotion, cream or grapeseed oil.
A full 90 minutes placed in a 2hr window to relax and heal.
A slow movement light modality performed with manual technique to reduce swelling and inflammation, support immune system, and promote relaxation. Because most lymph nodes are located within the torso, even a 90 minute will often be only upper body. Can be done over light fabric or directly on skin.
Deeper pressure, friction and kneading techniques combined with point-pressure to release trigger points and knots to ease pain. Generally can do a focus area and full body massage in a longer session. Due to Covid-19 no face or TMJ work at this time. Uses a coconut-free cream for smoother glide and to reduce friction on the skin.
A truly customized experience to work with complex medical history and unique needs. Not available for first time clients, as I will use my judgement for safe and effective treatment. However, this can be as varied as working on parent and child in the same session, customizing for pain relief associated with auto-immune diseases or degenerative disc disease or reducing scar tissue. My studio is wheelchair accessible, and I can also do seated, semi-reclined or chair massage.
A four step Foot treatment for Happy Feet.
With customizable and scent-free options for a 30minute soak and 50 min hands-on, it includes soak, scrub, massage and paraffin wrap.
Designed to fit into a busy life, with 40 minutes of hands on time and goal focused work.
One focus area, Very light massage modality aimed at reducing swelling or inflammation. Especially useful after surgery or when recovering from illness.
One or two focus areas. Trigger point and deep tissue to get out knots and alleviate pain from muscle tension.
Gentle trigger point and goal focused prenatal massage for parents to be.
Please specify technique or special needs when booking.