For three years, Jennifer Osborne has operated Massage By Jennifer on South Charlotte Street across from the Dickson Senior Center.
In fact, some of her regular customers are members of the senior center.
Osborne, who grew up in Charlotte, has served clients for three years at the location that served as church for many years.
“Growing up I wanted to be a physical therapist,” said Osborne. “As a kid I didn’t know there was such a thing as a massage therapist. But I’ve always been giving comfort to people. I remember massaging my grandma’s aching legs, and it helped. My mother had migraines. I worked on her shoulders and her head, and I was able to help with relief for her headaches.”
She credits massage therapist Debbie Hicks, who has been a massage therapist for more than 40 years, as having pointed her in the direction of the school for training.
“Debbie Hicks has been an amazing mentor,” she said. “Her daughter Elena and I went to the same massage school. She’s always there to answer questions. Every massage is different to some extent. Getting work done from different people helps to incorporate practices and ideas. I want to give as good of a massage as I like to receive.”
“She does an excellent job, and she’s great with people,” said Debbie Hicks. “When she worked under me, she did very well and has a wonderful personality, very beneficial.”
Osborne received her training at the Institute of Therapeutic Massage and Movement in Nashville.
“Anybody can benefit from massage,” she said. “It improves overall health and wellbeing. It helps to relieve stress and to foster mobility. It helps with managing blood pressure, increasing circulation, relieving tension and calming and steadying your mood. Nobody leaves a massage table in a worse mood than when they came in.”
Osborne said her clients come in a wide range of ages.
“I serve everything from kids playing sports up through my oldest client who is 86, spry and a real go-getter,” she said. “Other clients include housewives, working professionals, fathers and husbands. It’s a really good mix.”
Osborne charges $45 for a 30-minute session; $70 for a 60-minute session; and $100 for a 90-minute session. Her hours of availability are Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. from 9:00 a.m., and either morning or afternoon appointments on Saturday. She can be reached at (615) 519-1607.
She said she does her best to make clients feel welcome, supported and encouraged.
“I use light conversation to help them get settled into the space because you are vulnerable,” she said.