I was drawn into the field of massage therapy after a near fatal car crash in 1999. I suffered a number of injuries, the worst perhaps was two broken knee joints. After surgery (three plates and twelve screws), I was still living with the effects of extensive soft tissue damage, while trying to heal and learn to walk again. I received the suggestion of including massage into my world of physical and occupational therapies. I began receiving massage three times a week, even before I was able to weight bear on my legs. When I met with my orthopedic surgeon eight weeks after my accident he was amazed to see that I had healed fast enough to begin weight bearing exercises (expected time was at least twelve weeks). My massage therapist had explained to me how massage was beneficial to the tissues to restore movement and assist with healing from scar tissue formation. I was amazed and relieved at the news I had healed so much faster than normal recovery rates. I now deeply believe massage was the main factor in my accelerated healing process. I then made the decision to further my education and enter the field of massage therapy in the hopes of facilitating others with their wellness goals. I believe my personal history provides a firm connection to others searching out alternative therapies for chronic pain management, post surgical recovery and general wellness. I am pleased to be a member of this community and look forward to meeting with you to address your personal goals. Jennifer Stelzer, LMT Oregon Massage Therapist License # 17980 (971) 338-9436 Jennifer.Stelzer.LMT@Comcast.net
What makes your practice special when compared with others in the area?
As a third generation Oregonian living in SE Portland, I am proud to be able to serve my local community. I welcome the challenges of working with clients to maximize their health through integrative bodywork. Through my personal experiences with post traumatic injury healing and chronic pain, I feel I can offer an empathetic and personalized approach to working with a full spectrum of clients. I believe massage is an essential part of wellness care and I keep my prices affordable so massage may become routine, rather than rare. Whatever your bodywork goals are, I am looking forward to meeting with you, addressing your concerns and discussing a plan that suits your needs. Jennifer Stelzer, Licensed Massage Therapist Oregon License #17980 3558 SE Hawthorne Blvd Ste 4 Portland, Oregon 97214 (971) 338-9436 Jennifer.Stelzer.LMT@Comcast.net Certified Sports Specialist Certified Professional Member, Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals Member Hands for Heroes
What are you and your team proud of at your practice?
I trained locally at Everest Institute (formerly Ashmead College) with an emphasis on Deep Tissue and Orthopedic massage. Additionally certified in Sports and Injury Recovery massage, I was involved in an externship program working with a local private university's athletic teams to learn extensive rehabilitative massage techniques. My total hours of massage therapy education exceed 1000-twice the required amount for licensure in the state of Oregon.