Jennie Isbell Shinn

Wisdom from the Body, Joy from the Heart

I've been a massage therapist since 2001, but I began my hands-on healing work in 1998 with Reiki. 2001 was such an incredible time to be immersed in a culture of healing and healers, while around me the full-scale trauma that took the US by storm after the attacks was having its ripple in our country and in individual hearts. One reason I had been drawn into studying massage because I wanted to do more, and have access to more people to help. In the state where I was living, only ministers a...

I've been a massage therapist since 2001, but I began my hands-on healing work in 1998 with Reiki. 2001 was such an incredible time to be immersed in a culture of healing and healers, while around me the full-scale trauma that took the US by storm after the attacks was having its ripple in our country and in individual hearts. One reason I had been drawn into studying massage because I wanted to do more, and have access to more people to help. In the state where I was living, only ministers and massage therapists could be licensed to touch, and many at that time in that place were not open to Reiki and other forms of energy healing. 

Because I completed my three year Reiki master/teacher training and massage school within 30 days of each other, and just two months after the 9/11 attacks, it quickly became clear to me that there was much work to with helping people re-enter their bodies through compassionate touch. I say re-enter, because it's not just big trauma that drives us out of our bodies and hearts and up into our heads or out into compulsive and addictive escapes, it's our entire culture that privileges striving, perfection, ambition, outward appearances, "success" and a pace that is literally takes your breath away! There's more to my story about my own need to re-enter my body after some personal trauma. Ask me about this at your session or in a workshop-- I am happy to share my story.
I have been licensed as a massage therapist in Virginia, Indiana and Massachusetts, and maintain board certification with the National Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). In addition, I am a member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP). I have taught in massage schools and in community centers. In my toolbox of techniques, I offer relaxation- and well as therapeutic massage, and have a passion for Thai massage, Hot Stone, and being responsive to the client's needs the day she/he walks in the door.
In addition to massage and energy work, I am trained in several techniques designed to tap the body's wisdom and bring to awareness deep intuitions and hidden truths that have been right there in you for a very long time. In pursuit of my passionate desire to  nurture us all back to a baseline of being body positive people, I attended seminary where I focused my studies on spirituality and the body. (M.Div., Earlham School of Religion, A Quaker seminary in Indiana).
I have been a yoga teacher since 2004, and in recent years have completed 1000 hours of study to reach the level of professional yoga therapist. My training is through Integrative Yoga Therapy and focuses on the wholeness of the person, and healing on the levels of body, breath, energy, emotions, and thoughts. 
Some clients find it helpful to weave together several of my services into a plan to support transitions and unfoldings over a course of months. I offer a skilled table massage, but many of my clients find healing in my unwavering ability to hold a vision of each person as a whole person with dynamism and complexity, not just a body with a trigger point here or there to be worked out. 
My practice is based in West Tisbury, MA. I occasionally do out calls for events (at businesses or for weddings, for example), and will do outcalls to the homes of repeat clients.
I hope you'll be in touch. Until then, much joy!
Jennie

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Licenses
Massage

MA # MT-11296-MT

Education
2000

Virginia School of Massage

Basic

2001

Virginia Western Community College

Certificate in Massotherapy

Experience
Yoga

Professional Yoga Therapist (Integrative Yoga Therapy)

Completed 800 hours of study in Yoga Therapy, beyond my initial 230 hour training to become a registered yoga teacher.

Bodywork

Spiritual Direction Certification, The Haden Institute

Completed a two-year training program to become a spiritual director/companion.

REVIEWS for my Coaching, Bodywork, or Yoga services

by Sylvie on Feb 03
Jennie's massage gave me a true sense of care for my body and soul , which I loved . I would highly recommend the massage to help anybody deeply relax and feel cared for !
by Jill on Sep 23
It was a total pleasure from the minute I started driving slowly towards her location. Knowledgable , professional, and radiating hands !Perhaps the finest studio space I've ever experienced.
by Anonymous on Aug 14
This was a wonderful massage. Jenny was very thorough and was able to address back pain that has been difficult to treat.
by Heather on Aug 06
Jenny is always incredibly helpful. Thank you.
by Caroline on Aug 06
Wonderful Thai massage!
by Ron on Jul 08
It was perfect and just what I needed.
by Anonymous on Jun 20
For the first time in months , I have no pain in my lower back.
by Cynthia on Jun 03
I like Jennie's gentle, quiet, well paced, delivery of and solicitation of information, both seeking & offering guidance for a finely tuned individual session. I am relaxed in the trustworthy atmosphere Jennie creates, which aids my ability to deepen my attention and focus. I also appreciate Jennie's light sense of humor and genuinely expressed humility. I look forward very much to the certain growth I will attain under her care.
by Chris on May 28
Splendid!
by Linda on Mar 21
It is difficult to sustain ambiance via FaceTime but this is not as important as the other attributes.

SPECIALTIES: Bodywork and Massage techniques I perform

Coaching

  • spiritual direction

Bodywork & Massage

  • Thai Massage
  • Swedish Massage
  • Deep Tissue
  • Reiki
  • Mobile Thai Massage
  • Hot Stone Massage

Yoga

  • Professional Yoga Therapist (Integrative Yoga Therapy)