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snapshots on Vita clients, massage therapists & more

Adam C.

Share a bit about yourself:

  • age: 36-55
  • occupation: Call center trainer and mgr.
  • do you have kids? *new father* (congrats!!)
  • what's the last fun thing you did? Barton Springs

Describe how you feel after a Massage at Vita Wellness? Like I wish it wasn't over

How has Vita helped you boost your body confidence? With Vita's support, I have greater awareness of my body and I feel more connected

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Massage Therapy Client

Share a bit about yourself:

  • age: 36-55
  • occupation: Project Manager
  • do you have kids? no
  • what's the last fun thing you did? went to Puerto Rico

Describe how you feel after a Massage at Vita Wellness? relaxed & revitalized

How has Vita helped you boost your body confidence? With Vita's support, I am more committed to my self-care.

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Massage Therapist

I started massaging around five years old, seriously; chair massage (rubbing my moms shoulders and back), and ashiatsu (walking on my moms back, arms, hands). She was the first person to tell me I should be a massage therapist. Thirty years later, after hearing that from countless people throughout my life, I found myself in a transitional phase. I quit the bar managing job I'd had for seven years and took a few months off. Within the first few weeks I decided to go to massage school like so many people had encouraged...just to challenge myself. I'd felt stuck for too...

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Vita Wellness Massage Client

Share a bit about yourself:

  • age: 36-55
  • occupation: Recruiter
  • do you have kids? No
  • what's the last fun thing you did? networking event

Describe how you feel after a Massage at Vita Wellness? either energized or sleepy

How has Vita helped you boost your body confidence? with Vita's support, I am more committed to my self-care

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Austin Massage Client

Share a bit about yourself:

  • age group: 56-65
  • occupation: Licensed Professional Counselor
  • do you have kids? Yes. one adult son & a daughter in law
  • what's the last fun thing you did? played my piano & learned a new song

Describe how you feel after a Massage at Vita Wellness? relaxed yet elevated; like the best version of myself

How has Vita helped you boost your body confidence? with Vita's support, I have greater...

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Ariana - Austin Massage Therapist

At the age of four, I told my Grandmother I wanted to be a massage therapist and my fate was sealed. It was like I made the biggest pinky-promise to myself and as I grew up I was always dreaming of the day I'd be able to pursue my passion.

As a kid, I'd squeeze myself behind family members to push on their shoulders while they sat on the couch. I could always tell when they were feeling tense and I wanted to help. I occasionally received massage as a teen, trying to manage my own stress and 'reset' my body. My first attempt to study massage therapy happened just before turning 18- I...

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Masssage Therapy Client Jenni

Share a bit about yourself:

  • age: 36-55
  • occupation: Executive Director
  • do you have kids? No
  • what's the last fun thing you did? Lunch with my sister

Describe how you feel after a Massage at Vita Wellness? Blissful, zenned out, melted, peaceful

How has Vita helped you boost your body confidence? With Vita's support, I am more committed to my self-care

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Massage client Ashley

Share a bit about yourself:

  • age: 34
  • occupation: self-employed
  • do you have kids? no
  • what's the last fun thing you did? traveled to Mexico

Describe how you feel after a Massage at Vita Wellness? like butter :)

How has Vita helped you boost your body confidence? With Vita's support, I am more committed to my self-care.

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Lisa - Austin Massage Therapist

When I started my journey with massage it was really about self-care and self-discovery. I had been working as a hair colorist with my own salon for over 20 years and it was a wonderful career. I was able to connect with all kinds of interesting people, be creative, and make people feel great! But after those 20 years, I was feeling stagnant in my career. My son was growing up and I was about to have an empty nest. My parents were aging and having health problems. I was also having all the changes happening in my own body as I was nearing 40. I needed something to engage my brain and my...

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Massage Client Linda K.

Share a bit about yourself:

  • age: 56-65
  • occupation: Massage Therapist
  • do you have kids? Yes- one grown daughter (31) and son (34)
  • what's the last fun thing you did? Heard Warren Hood at ABGB

Describe how you feel after a Massage at Vita Wellness? fabulous, re-energized

How has Vita helped you boost your body confidence? With Vita's support, I (now) engage in other activities that keep me feeling fit and...

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Massage Client Spotlight: Marvin V.

Name & profession: Marvin V. and I am retired.

Please select your age bracket: 66+

Tell us about yourself in 3 sentences or less.

Came to graduate school at UT in 1968 and have lived in Austin ever since. Battled Ankylosing Spondylitis since I was in my teens. Enjoy outdoor activities, sports, music, and people(most).

Why were you initially interested in receiving massage?

Fusion in neck and spine made it impossible to stretch and exercise some muscles.

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Massage client Jane

Share a bit about yourself:

  • age: 56
  • occupation: student
  • do you have kids? no
  • what's the last fun thing you did? just waking up in the morning is fun!

Describe how you feel after a Massage at Vita Wellness? LOVE THE PLACE & PEOPLE~!!!

How has Vita helped you boost your body confidence?

With Vita's support, I have greater awareness of my body and I feel more connected; I (now) engage in other activities that...

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Sarah - Austin Massage Therapist

I can’t say that massage therapy was something that called to me early in life. As a child I wanted to be everything from a vet, ballerina, soccer player, computer engineer...the list goes on. What eventually came to fruition was Communications, Human Resources and Public Relations - obviously not on the list, but interesting and challenging nonetheless. After a five year career in Corpus Christi I realized that although I had grown a lot professionally and felt comfortable financially, there was something missing from my life; was this going to be my story for the next 40 years?...

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Kim Love's Food Discovery Process

What Makes This Process Shine?

Kim Love's Food Discovery Process guides you to your own Inner Expertise, to finally discover once and for all, exactly what food is at the root of dis-ease in your life.

Past clients who have personalized their diet using her proven method with coaching, have created elevated energy levels; decreases in bloating and digestive challenges; reduction of chronic pain (yes, so often it's inflammation triggered from a food); and a body that finally releases all it's been holding, via extra weight.

When we...

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RedBird Pilates

Happy Holidaze Vita Tribe! Here are a few tips from your gals at RedBird to help you get through this busy and exciting season (and into the new year) as your most vital, healthy self!

  • Stress Management - You know the saying - “You should meditate for 20 minutes a day - unless you are too busy - then you should meditate for an hour.” Well, in my experience that holds true. The more hectic life is, the more important it is to carve out time to be still and practice self-care. There are lots of great apps that can help you get started...

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Laurel Kinney Personal Stylist

Winter Style Philosophy: Feel that chill in the air? I do, and I have the turtleneck on to prove it! The cool air has finally blown into Texas, and this means it's time to evaluate our wardrobes for real now, as sweater weather is actually becoming a reality. The urge to go out and buy a ton of long sleeves is REAL, but let's hold our horses and consider the brevity of the season before we go crazy, shall we?

Because I field multiple questions about what clothes to buy on a daily basis, I've honed in on a philosophy for winter...

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Top 3 ways to decrease stress through the holidays with PREP Dish

1) Be the person who shows up to the holiday party with a fun AND healthy snack, like these Grapes Rolled in Goat Cheese & Pistachios. Simple can be delicious. With minimal ingredients, Allison of Prep DISH, created this appetizer to pack a punch in flavor and satisfaction. The combination of creamy goat cheese and crunchy pistachios add richness to crisp and juicy grapes. Plus, talk about an easy appetizer to put...

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Community Connections: Tribe Pilot Studio

What Makes 'Em Shine: Tribe's mission is to empower families by creating a community rooted in health, wellness, and self-care for mom.

Built on the belief that family wellness starts with mom, Tribe offers services and classes designed for mom to practice whole and healthy living: exercise, healthy food, personal time, community, connection, continual learning, and inspiration.

Tribe aims to make life a little easier for moms by providing a baby-friendly class studio as well as a Childcare Studio. Classes include Barre, Pilates Mat, Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Strength...

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Leslie Austin Massage Therapist

I didn't set out to be a massage therapist; I was a year into my masters to become a teacher. My dad was in a terrible accident and we took care of him full time for about 6-8 months. Soon after, I was pregnant with my first son and I changed my mind about being an elementary school teacher. Deciding to go to massage school came after I questioned the universe of what I should do. It was a calling that seemed almost natural; my parents always had me rubbing their neck, shoulders, temples. A surprising realization during massage school was discovering how much I loved learning about the...

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Noah's Cold Press Juice

What Makes 'Em Shine:"Drink NOAH'S, Fall In Love" Good Health and Happiness starts with good nutrition, this is why fruits and vegetables squeezed together are the most fun to experience a vibrant Life.

Only 100% Organic Produce is used in Noah's fresh juice blends. This is the only way to bring you the most honest nutrition that your body will love you for. My commitment to Austin is to enhance and introduce the benefits of juicing with the most delicious Juice blends in Town. And as I like to see it: “SMILE – LOVE – JUICE – REPEAT” and it will make a difference in your...

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Make ATX

What Makes 'Em Shine: MakeATX is a member-based workshop with a variety of fabrication tools–tools for making things! The workshop currently has a powerful, versatile and user-friendly laser cutter capable of cutting, etching, and engraving a wide variety of materials up to 36″ x 24″, brand new computers with the latest design software, and workspace along with classes designed to help Austinites realize those creative school, work or do-it-yourself projects they’ve been kicking around. We make our own products (under the name Bright Beam Goods) and also help others with...

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Vita Wellness Massage Austin Community Involvement

What Makes 'Em Shine: Lunar Nourishment is a platform for self-care through ritual, community, and living authentically. Through offerings of healing energy sessions (Reiki, breath work, & meditation) and the power of ritual, Lydia and Marlena Jarjoura help women and men connect to the deepest parts of themselves. Through online courses, live workshops and private mentorship, Lunar Nourishment has guided hundreds of women towards balancing their hormones and lives.

About the Owner: Lydia Jarjoura is the creator behind Lunar Nourishment: a...

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Miki Lynn, LMT

I'm one of those rare born and raised Austinites. I love this town and is eclectic inhabitants!

I graduated from Lauterstein Conway massage school in February 2016. Massage was not my first calling in life but I soon found out that it's my true calling. Before massage I spent 5 years trying to figure out how to be a working artist then fifteen years in bookkeeping, real estate, and business management. I also spent 9 years skating and working for the txrd Lonestar rollergirls roller derby League. After 20 years of working I still hadn't found my calling.

I finally decided to...

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Balanced Foodies - Community Connection

What Makes 'Em Shine: Misti Buie is a holistic nutritionist and owner of Balanced Foodies, a service-oriented nutrition consulting business. She revitalizes health and wellness by reshaping eating habits, and educates clients about the benefits of incorporating nutrient-dense, whole foods into their lives. Misti provides individually tailored meal plans, grocery shopping lists, and recipes to accommodate clients’ needs, goals, and specific diets. In addition, she is available for refrigerator and pantry makeovers, as well as assisting with preparing, cooking and storing...

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Kanti Goods - VIta Wellness Massage Community Involvement

What Makes 'Em Shine: Kanti Goods is a social enterprise that sells socially and environmentally responsible handmade jewelry, handbags, scarves, plush animals, and accessories from around the world. Kanti Goods work with a global network of artists who are doing their part to improve the social fabric of their communities and encourages the use of local materials and fair production methods. Our goal at Kanti is to support women and small-scale artists around the world by providing them with jobs so that their families and communities can thrive. Kanti means ‘beautiful’...

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Vita Community Connection - Two Hives Honey

What Makes 'Em Shine: Two Hives Honey began with a gal who wanted to embark on a beekeeping adventure, but didn’t have the backyard space to house her hive. A good friend and neighbor recognized the benefits the honey bees would bring to his backyard garden and offered a bit of space for a few hives. That chance discovery of a beloved hobby projected Tara Chapman off on the adventure of a lifetime, and what started as a plan for a small hyper-local honey company has turned into a socially conscious business that focuses on education and helping introduce our community to...

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Hannah Ice-Cook, LMT

As a college undergrad, I took my first step towards my bodywork journey. I switched majors from psychology to dance—deciding that I wanted to spend the remainder of my college years doing what I loved.

Upon graduation, I ended up getting hired as a ballet and jazz instructor at a small studio in Minnesota. There, I met lots of dancers and dance instructors who were also massage therapists. I began to think about the courses I took as an undergraduate—kinesiology, anatomy, dance technique—and saw the correlation between dance and massage therapy. I kept this idea in the back of my...

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Laura Jack - Vita Wellness Community Connection

What Makes Laura Jack shine: Laura Jack is a trainer for the Grief Recovery Institute® and Mastery Level Transformational Life Coach. Using practices of self-care and self-love she helps people rediscover their light after loss. Laura’s mission is to cultivate a culture of compassion, starting with self, and to create a better understanding about loss and its accompanying grief.

She loves connecting deeply with people who have experienced loss and who want to thrive again. Laura loves writing and connecting with people who are looking for help.

Losing her mom in 2008 led her...

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Vita Massage Preferred Partner

What Makes Bona Dea shine: Bona Dea makes allergen-free products for everyone to enjoy, whether you have food allergies or are looking to diversify the grains you eat. With each mix starting out with a full serving of whole grains as the first ingredient, you can enjoy delightful baked goods while doing something good for yourself. How’s that for satisfying? And we don’t stop there. You’re getting the highest quality of sustainably grown and eco-certified ingredients. Partnering with people who care, we select clean ingredients grown in harmony with the earth that...

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What Makes Lauren shine: Lauren Hubele is an Austin based practitioner pioneering a unique method of healing in the United States that integrates Gemmotherapy Extracts, Homeopathy, and a Plant Based Diet. Her method was developed over years of study and collaboration with European physicians and researchers who specialize in the use of these therapies.

Lauren teaches the four stages of healing, The Hubele Method to practitioners of all modalities in the U.S and Europe. Her approach offers practitioners a clear and linear path to follow giving them tools to break thru cases that have...

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Jennifer Carr, LMT

Ten years ago I never would have guessed I'd become a Massage Therapist. I was working as a Paralegal and Executive Assistant for a large company in Los Angeles, doing the corporate cubicle thing, getting burned out and bored. Then, a variety of things happened in my life at that time that caused me a great deal of stress. As I began to heal myself and recover from the situation, I realized that I was not alone- a lot of other people in the world were also dealing with a lot of stress. During this time, I discovered that massage therapy was having a tremendously positive impact on me and I...

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Stacy Deurlein, LMT

If you asked me when I was younger what I wanted to be when I grew up, the only answer I ever had was that I wanted to do something that helped other people. Having experienced tragedy early in life, I wanted to have a career in which I was able to help people overcome pain and suffering in their own lives. I believed that the best way for me to do this was to become a talk therapist. This led me to obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. I loved the field and was passionate about all that I had been learning, however, upon graduating I was unable to find work in the field....

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Autumn austin massage boutique

People ask me how I got into massage and I tell them (at the risk of sounding corny), 'I was called'. See, I don't really remember the 'how' I got there. I just remember that once I got there, I knew I needed to stay. Of course, in hindsight, massage school was really all about my own personal growth. Sure, I had vision, and I was inspired to, one day, have my own private practice. But my biggest lesson from school was not how to build a business but rather, how disconnected I was from my body and frankly, my entire life! I was checked out on...

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