Danita - Licensed Massage Therapist
Who are you?
My name is Danita Jones. I am a Virginia licensed therapeutic massage therapist. I was born in Washington DC and raised here in Northern Virginia. I attended Reston Elementary, Herndon Intermediate and graduated from Herndon High School. When I’m not working or busy being Mom to my beautiful daughter, I enjoy working with My Sister’s Keeper, a women’s outreach group at my church.
Why did you become a massage therapist?
I wanted a career change and left the technical support field to pursue massage therapy for reasons not really known. I felt drawn to massage and had an intense desire to help others. When choosing a school to attend I was invited to sit in on a class which happened to be on the same day a guest therapist was invited to demonstrate his style of massage. After seeing what he was capable of, I was instantly captivated and knew I would be able to help people through massage.
Where and when did you go to school?
I graduated from the Northern Virginia Therapeutic School of Massage in Falls Church, Virginia in 2007.
What modalities do you specialize in?
My modalities include Swedish (Relaxation), Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Sports Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Hot Stone and Prenatal Massage.
List any dysfunctions and acute/chronic conditions you have treated or particularly specialize in:
I specialize in treating upper body pain—back, neck, and shoulders, lower back pain, hip disorders, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Lymes Disease, Fibromyalgia pain, and frozen shoulder.I work with a variety of clients, including: accident victims, runners, cyclists, yoga stars, golfers and other athletes of all types.
Why is massage important to you?
I find massage very interesting. Although we are created much one in the same, each of us is an individual, our own thumb print. I use this same reasoning in massage; while each massage may be different, tailoring individual needs, my goal remains the same, to make that individual feel better.
How would you describe your style of massage:
I initially speak with the client to discuss what it is they want from the massage and communicate to them what my plan to help relieve them of the issues they have addressed is. As I begin to work I take a diagnostic approach to the massage, which allows me to see what the body is telling me. I then adjust my technique to provide my client with the best results. In the beginning I try to keep the conversation to a minimum so I can focus on the massage and addressing your needs; however, at the same time I make sure to ask the client about pressure, their comfort level, and if they feel any pain during the session. It is important to me to maintain this line of communication so that I may gain a better understanding as to what the person needs from the massage and how effective the techniques I am employing are at meeting these needs. The conversation may grow over time the more often I see my clients.
What keeps you motivated?
I feel humbled by the thought that someone has come to me and has trusted me to work with them. People come in with the hope of being able to feel physically better, whether it be getting through some sort of medical issue or in order to live life to some degree of normalcy without pain, and being able to meet that hope with results is a great feeling.