Jessica LaGarde

  • MD License #: R01043
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Go slowly, breathe, and smile. -Thich Nhat Hanh

Hello! I'm Jessica, and my goal during my time with clients is to bring you fully into your body to support your own unique process of healing, grounding, and growing. My specialty lies in integrating Swedish and deep tissue massage with CranioSacral Therapy to target acute and chronic pain and discomfort while settling the nervous system to support your body in finding balance.  I would describe my work as settling, subtle, and mindful. I have a particular interest in working with parents a...

Hello! I'm Jessica, and my goal during my time with clients is to bring you fully into your body to support your own unique process of healing, grounding, and growing. My specialty lies in integrating Swedish and deep tissue massage with CranioSacral Therapy to target acute and chronic pain and discomfort while settling the nervous system to support your body in finding balance.  I would describe my work as settling, subtle, and mindful. I have a particular interest in working with parents and primary caregivers of small children and teens, individuals suffering from anxiety, depression, and insomnia, and those who suffer from chronic headaches.

I have been a registered massage practitioner in Maryland (R01043) since 2006. I am a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and have served on the board of the DC chapter. I have received continuing education in pre- and post-natal massage, infant massage instruction, and active isolated stretching, and advanced training in Upledger's CranioSacral Therapy (including techniques for chronic depletion) and SomatoEmotional Release. I have experience teaching massage at both the professional and community level.  In addition to massage, I am a Certified Baby & Toddler Yoga Teacher, and teach yoga classes for children ages 6 weeks-12 years. 

Outside the massage room and yoga space, I enjoy knitting, gardening, cooking (bonus points for cooking foods I've grown in my garden), and playing outdoors with my daughter.

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Licenses
Massage

MD # R01043

Education
2006

Potomac Massage Training Institute

Massage Therapy: 600 hour training

Experience
Bodywork

Upledger Institute: CranioSacral Therapy

Completed over 100 hours of in-class training in CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release through The Upledger Institutes training program. Classes included CranioSacral Therapy 1 & 2, SomatoEmotional Release 1, and CranioSacral Applications for Chronic Depletion. 2010-2017

Active Isolated Stretching

Completed 24 hours training in Active Isolated Stretching: The Mattes Method. 2009.

Bodywork for the Childbearing Year

Received 34 hours training in massage and bodywork for pre- and post-natal women. 2007.

Infant Massage Instruction

Completed 40 hours of Infant Massage Instruction. Initial training in 2008, refresher course in 2014.

Yoga

Certified Baby & Toddler Yoga Teacher

Childlight Yoga Certified Baby & Toddler (6 weeks-precrawling) Yoga Teacher. 2017.

Children's Yoga Teacher

Completed Childlight Yoga's 18 hour classroom training in children's yoga teaching techniques. 2018.

REVIEWS for my Bodywork services

by Katrina on Dec 16
I really liked how Jessica spent time to learn about my concerns at the beginning, and then she took some time to debrief with me after and provide advice.
by Elizabeth on Aug 02
Jessica can get my muscle knots to release every time.

SPECIALTIES: Bodywork and Massage techniques I perform

Bodywork & Massage

  • Swedish Massage
  • Pregnancy Massage
  • Craniosacral Therapy

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