Jillian Thawley

  • DE License #: MC-0003869
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"Your body is precious. It is your vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care." - Buddha

Hi my name is Jill. I graduated from the Academy of Massage and Bodywork in 2014. Bringing 3 years of experience, I specialize in deep tissue therapy, trigger point therapy, expecting moms, and will be adding more massage modalities soon! I am Nationally Certified, and a member of AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association). I challenge myself to actively keep learning and currently offer a variety of techniques tailored to meet each individual's needs. I can work with your body to get you fe...

Hi my name is Jill. I graduated from the Academy of Massage and Bodywork in 2014. Bringing 3 years of experience, I specialize in deep tissue therapy, trigger point therapy, expecting moms, and will be adding more massage modalities soon! I am Nationally Certified, and a member of AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association). I challenge myself to actively keep learning and currently offer a variety of techniques tailored to meet each individual's needs. I can work with your body to get you feeling like you should again.


Desk jockeys, weekend warriors, stretched to near breaking Moms, let me show you what reclaiming your body and your sanity feels like!

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Where I Work
Available Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Licenses
Massage

DE # MC-0003869

Education
2014

Academy of Massage & Bodywork, Ltd

Massage Technician

Experience
Bodywork

Deep Tissue

Deep tissue is addressed by a technique that combines two directional strokes that can be applied by braced fingers, a braced thumb, the knuckles, or the elbow. The pressure is not invasive but increases gently as the fascia opens and allows penetration as deeply as is comfortable. With experience and patience, I will sense the "direction of ease" and follow the movement in the direction that the tissues want to move and the direction that leads out of the restriction. As the tissues release, there is softening, lengthening, and a feeling that the body is guiding the direction and movement. The pressure needed to apply these deep techniques is supplied by me making contact and then leaning into the client. Deep tissue therapy will not go beyond what a client can tolerate. Deep tissue therapy needs a trusting relationship between therapist and client, therefore we will work together so you will receive all the benefits from deep massage.

Trigger Point Therapy

What are Trigger Points/knots? - Trigger points are hyperirritable nodules associated with dysfunctional contractile tissue that illicit a pain response when digital pressure is applied. How do I get Trigger Points? - Trigger points can become active because of many factors, including acute or extended overload, trauma, joint dysfunction, arthritic conditions, visceral disease, and emotional stress. The presence of trigger points is often associated with poorly localized pain, aching, or even numbness in muscles, joints, or subcutaneous tissue. Application of Trigger Point Therapy - Trigger point release involves digital pressure directly on the trigger point. Deep pressure is usually applied with the thumb, or sometimes with the elbow, to a specific trigger point. The [pressure must be deep enough and held long enough to deactivate the trigger point. Pressure on a trigger point will cause pain, but the amount of pressure will be regulated to stay within the tolerance of each client. Why is Trigger Point Theater Good for Me? - The results and benefits of trigger point massage are releasing constricted areas in the muscles, alleviating pain. You can experience a significant decrease in pain after just one treatment. Receiving massage with trigger point therapy on a regular basis can help naturally manage pain and stress from chronic injuries

Pregnancy

During pregnancy, a woman's body experiences many physical and hormonal changes to accommodate for the gestation and delivery of the baby. Strain is increased on the lower back, hips, and lower extremities because of increasing weight. Early in the first trimester, the woman might not know she is pregnant although hormonal changes are already happening. During the first trimester, the mother is at a higher risk of having a miscarriage. Because of this, we suggest that a woman should not receive massage during the first trimester. During the first two to three months, the prone position can be used, but only if it is comfortable to do so. At Brandywine Bodywork, we have a pregnancy table especially for our expecting Moms. We ask that all expecting Moms receive permission form their doctors or maternity specialists before receiving prenatal massage. Properly applied massage can aid in relaxation, benefit circulation, and soothe nerves. To all expecting Mothers, I look forward to working with you and baby.

Body Srubs & Hydration

A body scrub is a popular body treatment that is like a facial for the body. It exfoliates and hydrates your skin, leaving it smooth and soft. A body scrub is done with an abrasive material like salt, sugar, coffee grounds, rice bran, even pecan hulls, usually mixed with some kind of massage oil and an aromatic like essential oils. If the scrub uses salt, it might be called a salt scrub, salt glow or sea salt scrub. The exfoliation is usually followed by a shower and an application of body lotion. This is not a massage. We may offer you disposable underwear, then leave the room. You will start face-down on a massage table that is covered with a towel and a sheet or a thin piece of plastic. I will return and start by gently rubbing the exfoliant on your back, the backs of your arms, and the backs of your legs and feet. You may be draped with a towel so only the part he/she is working on is exposed. Then you turn over and I exfoliate the other side. When the I am finished, you will step into a shower to rinse off. Be sure to rinse thoroughly so you don't take little granules back to the table. And don't use shower gel -- it's good to keep the oil and aromatics on your skin. When you step into the shower, I will put clean sheets on the treatment table while you're showering and step out of the room again. You dry off and lie face-down on the treatment table underneath a sheet or towel. Then I will return and apply body lotion or oil.

Body Wrap & Hydration

Different body wraps serve different purposes, and it's important to understand the difference between detox, hydrating and slimming wraps so you get the experience you want. There are two kinds of body wraps: Detox Wraps and hydrating wraps. Detox wraps use a variety of products such as algae, seaweed, mud, clay or gel to help rid the body of toxins. When the product is applied to the body, it's called a body mask. Then you are wrapped in a Mylar blanket covered with a blanket for about 20 minutes, which is the body wrap. These products work by stimulating your circulation, drawing out impurities, and giving your body minerals it might be missing. Afterwards, the body mask is washed off and you may get an "application of lotion," which means it's not a massage. Who should get a detox body wrap: Save this for when you really are making changes in your diet and trying to reduce your toxic load. These clays, muds and seaweeds are all natural and effective! Hydrating body wraps use creams and gels to soften, soothe and hydrate the skin. Generally with a hydrating wrap, the therapist just massages in the body cream. You don't want to wash it off. Who should get a hydrating body wrap: Anyone with dry and itchy skin, it's time to exfoliate and hydrate! Aloe vera wraps (popular in the Caribbean) can also help your skin recover from too much time in the sun. You lie down on whatever you will eventually be wrapped in – often plastic or mylar, but sometimes towels or sheets. Once the product is on, you’re wrapped to stay warm, usually for 20 minutes. Oftentimes the therapist leaves the room, but sometimes they stay and give you a scalp massage (much better, in my opinion!) When the time is up, you’re unwrapped and the body mask has to come off. This is why they often take place in wet rooms, equipped with a shower. You will get up and rinse off, then you dry off, and there’s usually an application of lotion to moisturize your skin.

Ear Candling

Ear candling treatment is a relaxing and therapeutic procedure thought to improve hear health. This age-old “home remedy” works to relieve pain and discomfort. The warmth and smoke helps the body’s natural process excrete impacted earwax during the day after candling is performed. A hollow candle, tapered at one end, fits into the ear. The opposite end is set to flame creating vacuum that gently dislodges foreign debris, softens old earwax and helps evaporate excess moisture. This service also includes a neck massage to help in the process of draining, followed with ear drops and essential oils to maximize this procedure. Possible Benefits of Ear Candling: Hygienic treatment of ear, release of head congestion due to sinusitis, allergies, colds and flu, removal of Candida (yeast) and relieving itchy ear, detoxification of sinus and lymph system, can eliminate ringing in ears (Tinnitus), improves the clarity of hearing, sight, smell and taste, regulation of ear pressure and facilitates other body work. Ear Candling should not be done in the following situations: recent ear surgery, cysts in the ear, mastoiditis in its acute phase, ear drains (tubes), recent ear injury or damage to the ear drum, artificial ear drums and tumors of the ear. Ear candling is not recommended as a replacement for responsible medical care. If you have a serious ailment or suspect a serious ailment, please consult your physician before beginning ear candling.

REVIEWS for my Bodywork, Spa, or Naturopathy services

by Belinda on Mar 16
Great deep tissue massage. I could tell that she was really working on the areas that I asked her to work on. Jill is a very skilled and professional masseuse.
by Suzanne on Mar 12
Jill was great at explaining what to expect for my first massage and the massage itself was perfect!
by Anonymous on Mar 03
Jill was very professional
by Diana on Mar 03
all i can say is phenominal
by Melissa on Feb 27
Jillian was very accommodating of my health because I am pregnant as well as cautious of my nut allergy to make sure none of the oils / lotions contained any traces of nuts. Really went above and beyond. Plus the massage itself was great!
by Gee on Feb 23
Great massage, really nice place and I highly recommend Brandywine Bodywork.
by Alex on Feb 07
Jill knows her stuff and is very skilled, professional, and friendly. I'll be returning for sure!
by Nicole on Jan 30
Peaceful, relaxing atmosphere and the best massage I've ever gotten. Thank you!
by Anonymous on Jan 14
Great with everything
by Anonymous on Jan 14
Jill listened to my problem areas and was able to relieve a lot of stress in those areas. She was very professional and welcoming. I would book another massage with her.

SPECIALTIES: Bodywork and Massage techniques I perform

Bodywork & Massage

  • Deep Tissue
  • Swedish Massage
  • Pregnancy Massage
  • Fascia Work
  • Other

Spa

  • Body Scrub
  • Body Wrap
  • Body Scrub & Wrap

Naturopathy

  • Ear Candling

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