Jo-Ellen McCarrick, LMT
There is nothing more rewarding than helping clients improve their health and wellbeing. I am blessed and grateful for the journey that has led me to provide holistic solutions for clients. Through massage, fitness and energy work, I help clients achieve optimal health, reduce pain and alleviate stress.
I've learned through years of hands-on experience that no two people are alike; every body is different. In fitness, I've always had a keen sense for tailoring programs towards a client's specific needs to achieve positive outcomes. I've worked with all age groups (teens to seniors) and all ability levels (novice to athlete). I have helped clients post injury to rebuild their strength and flexibility. Further, in my weekend warrior days of training for marathons, triathlons and cycling events. I have first-hand experience in what it’s like to be injured. I’ve had everything from plantar fasciitis, calcaneal bursitis, piriformis syndrome, just to name a few. Coupling massage therapy with fitness was a logical next step towards helping my clients improve their health and well-being.
For the majority of my adult life, I've maintained a dual career in fitness and business, working in the realm of marketing communications. I fell into fitness from a background in dance, and I fell into business out of practical necessity after graduating college. They both proved instrumental on my path.
In my college years, I wanted to be a food science major, but science scared me! All it took was a few lousy teachers to make me fear science. Out of fear, I selected education for a major - after all, I loved teaching dance! Secretly, I never had the desire to be a school teacher; I just wanted to teach dance. It was a backdoor into the field. I loved movement and understanding how bodies move.
While in pursuit of a degree in education, I finally took the dreaded science classes. Wouldn't you know, those were my favorite college courses! Of course, it was a little too late to change my major.
Upon graduation, no teaching jobs were available, so I took a job in business where I could utilize my typing skills. Ultimately, I landed at a firm that mentored me in the marketing communications and public relations field. Along the way, I also became a certified fitness instructor. The best part of my week was teaching dance and fitness classes part-time at night. One thing became clear: I loved my work in fitness much more than my work in the office.
It was ultimately a blessing when I got laid off from my day job. I was given the push I needed towards the life that I craved - I became a personal trainer. First, I worked at a day spa and, shortly thereafter, started my own business providing in-home personal training. Meanwhile, I landed a part-time job in marketing communications at a research facility. The work there was interesting; they did research into biomechanics and ergonomics - remember, I love science! For nearly 20 years, I maintained a dual career in fitness and business which included communicating the scientific findings of our research staff.
Another push for change came when I got laid off from the research facility. My long-developing interests in helping people, fitness, movement and science put me on the path to massage therapy. After extensive research into area schools, I chose Bancroft School of Massage Therapy (Worcester). In addition to the strong foundation in science provided at Bancroft, I learned a variety of massage techniques including Swedish, sports, deep tissue, myofascial, spa, seated and Asian techniques. We also learned how to treat various pathologies and injuries.
Following graduation, I successfully passed the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx), a nationally recognized exam from the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB). I’m also a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). Then, of course, I founded Every Bodies Massage.
I'm eternally grateful for each push and nudge that moved me along the right path. I love what I do in massage and fitness and am excited to continue studying various techniques in both worlds. The possibilities are endless. There is no better feeling than knowing you can have a profound effect on a person’s wellbeing.