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Lorna Brooke Village
3659 Lorna Rd., Ste. 111
Hoover, AL 35216
(across from Arby's at the Data Dr. Intersection)

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    NEWS:


    Welcome Sally Corrado, LMT


    I was blown away by Sally's massage. She has a LOT of knowledge and experience with clinical massage and it shows. She has a wide variety of techniques and tools at her disposal and uses them to the best advantage. She is cautiously aggressive in her approach to get the most benefit while minimizing discomfort. I've been short staffed since September (8 months) and she was definitely worth waiting for. Since I've stopped taking appointments myself, I'm really happy to have someone else who performs myofacial release, cupping, and gua sha (she's more experienced at them than me too). She's also certified in Neruomuscular Therapy/Structural Integration, which we will be adding to our menu along with Lymphatic Drainage and TMJ. Not mentioned in her bio is her interest in Reflexology and aromatherapy. She also brings Esalen and Lomi Lomi techniques to her Relaxation Massages which is unusual in Birmingham. To say I'm pleased to have her join us is an understatement.

    Check out our Comfort Craft tables!


    We have 2 Comfort Craft Model 800 Mid-Split Electric tables. The mid-split means that the table can bend up to a 40° angle, which aids to open the back (9°) or with a steeper angle can be used to assist in stretching. This is the table under all our padding and sheets in 2 of our 3 rooms.
    One of Our Comfort Craft Mid Split Electric Tables

    COUPLES MASSAGE ROOM: We have rearranged one of our rooms to allow 2 tables to be side by side for a more intimate setting for couples massages. If you book a couples massage you may receive service in this room or our in 2 separate rooms with connecting double doors. If you have a preference for same or separate rooms, please spedify when you book. If we cannot accommodate your request, we will let you know within 24 hours.
  • Jenae Jeffers, LMT :

    Currently not taking appointments.
  • Meg Colvert, LMT :

    Mon 10-7, Tues 12-9, Wed 10-7 Thurs 12-9, Fri 9-6
  • Katelyn Goodwin, LMT :

    Mon 12-9, Tues 10-7, Fri 10-7, Sat 10-7, Sun 12-9
  • Christopher Bradley, LMT :

    Mon 9-6, Wed 10-7, Fri 10-7, Sat & Sun 12-9
  • Sally Corado, LMT :

    Tues-Wed-Thur 9-5, Fri 12-9, Sat 9-2

  • Who Should I Choose?




    STELLAR MASSAGE



    Stellar Massage was established in June of 2010 by Jenae Jeffers, and has been located in its current location since August 2013. The office is decorated in a relaxing home-like décor, but is not spa-like. We offer Relaxation, Swedish, Neuromuscular, Deep Tissue, Sports, Pregnancy, Geriatric/Comforting Touch, Myofacial Release, and Hot Stone Massage as well as CranioSacral Therapy, Structural Integration, and Lymphatic Drainage. Heat packs are used when indicated and it does not interfere with the massage at no extra charge as well. We also do off-site chair massage.

    Please read about each of our therapists to determine which will most suit you. Every therapist at Stellar Massage is capable of giving a good deep tissue massage, but each has their indivicual styles and some have deeper pressure than others.
    You can also look under the "Who Should I Choose" link for a summary by category to save you time.


    My philosophy on Customer Service and Working for Stellar Massage


    Sally Corado, LMT, License #2723


    Apprenticeship 2006
    Rising Spirit Institute of Natural Health, Atlanta, Ga, Magna Cum Laud 2008


    A Note From Jenae:


    I was blown away by Sally's massage. She has a LOT of knowledge and experience with clinical massage and it shows. She has a wide variety of techniques and tools at her disposal and uses them to the best advantage. She is cautiously aggressive in her approach to get the most benefit while minimizing discomfort. I've been short staffed since September (8 months) and she was definitely worth waiting for. Since I've stopped taking appointments myself, I'm really happy to have someone else who performs myofacial release, cupping, and gua sha (she's more experienced at them than me too). She's also certified in Neruomuscular Therapy/Structural Integration, which we will be adding to our menu along with Lymphatic Drainage and TMJ. Not mentioned in her bio is her interest in Reflexology and aromatherapy. She also brings Esalen and Lomi Lomi techniques to her Relaxation Massages which is unusual in Birmingham. To say I'm pleased to have her join us is an understatement.

    Bio from Sally:


    I started my massage career with a brief apprenticeship in Atlanta 2006. I realized that I didn't want to only learn about massage, but more about the physiology of soft tissue. I chose a program that was founded by a Doctor of Chiropractic and a Doctor of Physical Therapy to receive the most comprehensive soft tissue training that is available as a basic study still to this day. I graduated from Rising Spirit Institute of Natural Health, Atlanta, Ga, Magna Cum Laude in 2008. Since then I have had the privilege of working beside some of the best chiropractors and top therapists in my field.

    My clients have had an array of ailments such as (but not limited to): Fibromyalgia, Plantar fasciitis, scoliosis, repetitive stress injuries, cancer, scar tissue, car accidents, sports injuries, sciatica, nerve entrapments, various other myofascial adhesions, migraines and various other clinical issues. I also work with various athletes and cross fitters.

    I am also a Mother and understand the importance of unwinding and relaxing. I find relaxation therapy to be a completely separate skill.

    Relaxation techniques include: Swedish, Lomi Lomi, Hot stones, and Esalen.

    Clinical Techniques include: Structural Integration, Advanced Neuromuscular Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial release, orthopedic massage, stretching, and Lymphatic Drainage.

    I also use cups and myofascial scrapping tools and neuromuscular tools for stubborn soft tissue ailments.

    I look forward to seeing if I will be able to help you out!

    Meg Colvert, LMT, License #3391


    Virginia College, Birmingham, AL 2011

    A Note From Jenae:


    I needed a massage pretty bad and Meg managed to find every spot. She's not afraid to be aggressive and was very responsive to my input. She thoroughly worked my tingly finger trigger point areas. I was also happy to see that she was experienced in Craniosacral Therapy, having taken both CST1 and CST2. I took CST1, and though I was convinced that it's a very effective modality, the gentle touch it required really wasn't my thing. Meg is very versatile and can go from intense to gentle in the space of a breath.

    Bio from Meg:


    Massage is my second career in life. I have a Bachelor's degree from the University of Alabama in Interior Design. Originally from Birmingham, I had the opportunity to live out in the Northwest a few years working in the tile and stone industry. My first experiences with massage include back and foot rubs with my brother as kids growing up, and later on while working retail positions, if a coworker complained of having a headache I would sit them down and massage their temples a few minutes delaying their need to go home for the day with a migraine. The industry wasn't the same when I moved back to town and I knew I had to reinvent myself. I had always prayed for a job where people left me feeling happier and better. Then one evening I saw a commercial for Virginia College massage school's night classes and thought, "I can do that!" I graduated with my Associates in Therapeutic Massage in 2011.

    My massage style grows from intuition, observation, palpation, and sensation. From the moment we meet I'm sensing your needs by your posture and tone. I can work deep pressure and address problem areas yet also be effective with light touch therapies meant to relax and soothe daily tensions. I specialize in problem-solving neuromuscular technique and deep tissue. We can address soft tissue issues stemming from traumas even further by integrating CranioSacral Therapy into our session protocol. I look forward to meeting you and assisting in your pain care needs!

    Christopher Bradley, LMT, License #4086


    Birmingham School of Massage 2014

    A Note From Jenae:

    At 6'5" I had no doubt Chris could give me the DEEP massage I really love and need. I wasn't disappointed by his pressure and was very happy that he has an intuitive feel for problem areas and he found and worked problems that others had not. I was concerned that he might not be able to give a more gentle relaxation massage so I had him come back in and give me a light/moderate relaxation massage and it was quite enjoyable. I'm pleased to add him to the staff at Stellar Massage.

    Bio from Chris:


    My name is Chris Bradley and I'm a graduate of Birmingham School of Massage. I'm a local resident, born and raised in the Birmingham area. I've got a strong desire to always improve my understanding of the world, and do my best to help make it a better place. I love massage in particular because it lets me work with my hands and be of service to others! I'll always do my best to give you the best work I can!

    Katelyn Goodwin, LMT, License #3849


    Birmingham School of Massage 2011

    A Note From Jenae:

    Between returning clients requesting me, taking random clients when I filled shifts in the schedule, and keeping up with running a business, I really needed another person who could give the DEEP deep tissue massages I'm known for so I could concentrate on clients specifically requesting me and running the business. Katelyn is it! She is capable of giving very firm and steady strokes, has strong hands, experience, and the drive to help people that I was looking for. I trust that she will live up to the reputation that I have built for Stellar Massage and encourage you to give her a try.

    Bio from Katelyn:


    Coming from a small town in Alabama, massage therapy was something I never heard of until about my junior year of high school. I always had a love for massaging my friends, family, coworkers, and teachers to make them feel better even if it was only for a short period of time. During my junior year I had a teacher ask me why I didn't do it for a living, and I was shocked and excited all at the same time. Following my dream, I graduated from the Birmingham School of Massage in 2012 with high hopes of healing the world. Now that I've become licensed in my dream career, I fall more in love with it every day. I love my work, whether I'm doing a light, firm, or deep pressure massage and I always do my best to ensure that my client leaves my table feeling refreshed, renewed, and with their pain relieved due to the work that I've done.

    Whether or not you get complete relief from one session or need to come back for multiple, my goal is quite the opposite of most businesses. As wonderful as it would be to see my regular clients once or twice a week every week, that's not my goal. I focus on making progress so that I can see you less and less as your condition improves until as quickly as possible your back aches, leg pains, sciatica, headaches, etc get to a point where you only need to come back to me once a month, which is considered maintenance.

    Relaxation massages for Katelyn:


    Communication is definitely key when it comes to the relaxation massages because making sure the right pressure is used is essential to ensuring that you get the best massage. Even though I have deeper pressure than most people give me credit for by just looking at me, I can always adjust my pressure to be as light and relaxing as possible.

    Firm/deep tissue/neuromuscular therapy massages for Katelyn:


    Whether you sit at a desk, take care of children all day, or walk on concrete floors, you will have some type of discomfort that a doctor can’t always fix. Using active/passive resistive motions to stretch out your muscles while holding pressure on a trigger point helps the muscle heal itself through movement. With my client’s permission, I occasionally help my clients see their progress by taking before and after photos, a few of which are shown below (also with their permission). I’m extremely informal during my massages, I will let you know if I find a knot, if you have raised shoulders, a shoulder blade is or isn't visible, and ask questions to make sure what I feel corresponds to your paperwork.

    I WILL NOT take photos without your permission and will not post them without written permission. Please don't think by coming to me I am just having a photo shoot in the room. Everything I do is strictly professional and will not invade the privacy of your massage.

    Kate Image 1 My client here came to me complaining of her right shoulder hurting her, and as you can see her shoulder is elevated and her shoulder blade on the right is gone, but the left is where it needs to be. Using stretching as deeper pressure, with the second photo you can now see both of her shoulder blades, leaving my client's pain reduced.
    Kate Image 2 My client here came to me with upper back pain, and occasional headaches, with the "before" showing her shoulders are elevated, and neither shoulder blades are visible in the very top photo. Going down in order from top to bottom shows the progress of the client's shoulders lowering and her shoulder blades relaxing and becoming visible.

    Jenae Jeffers, LMT, BCTMB License #3048


    Birmingham School of Massage, 2010

    My Massage History


    My interest in massage therapy began in 1991 after I was struck by a semi on the interstate and I received massage therapy twice a week as part of my treatment. After my recovery, I began to practice what I learned on friends and family. I find giving massage to be very relaxing, and much better than squeezing a stress ball. In 2009 I was massaging a massage therapist friend of mine who was going through med school, and she said "You're better than the girl I trade with, why don't you go to school and get licensed so that you can get paid for this?" It was a no-brainer moment. All I could think was "why not?" It hadn't occurred to me to do something that wasn't administrative.

    I graduated from the Birmingham School of Massage in March 2010. I became Nationally Certified and received my license in June 2010 and immediately started Stellar Massage. I am certified in Massage Therapy, Neuromuscular Therapy, and Hot Stone Therapy. I also have a strong interest in aromatherapy. I have received continuing education in Myofacial Release, Thai Yoga Massage, Muscle Energy Technique, Cupping, Facial Massage, and Aromatherapy. I've also received training in Stretching and Craniosacral Therapy but they don't really suit me and I rarely use them.

    My Massage Philosophy



    I am securely grounded in the western philosophy regarding massage, incorporating knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology to address stress and soft tissue pain. This means that I base my style on the physical, not metaphysical. While I know about chi and meridians and recognize that as beings made up of atoms we probably all do have an electrical field, I am not attuned to it.

    My Massage Style



    I spent almost 20 years doing massage by touch, feeling the tension and knots and manipulating the muscle. I still prefer to directly manipulate the muscle rather than stretch it and tend to be firm in my massages. That being said, if you tell me that you want a light relaxation massage and don't want it to hurt, I can do that too (just make sure you tell me so I can switch mentally from "fix it" to "pamper").

    When I do deep tissue I have light, medium, deep and DEEP (and anywhere between if you ask me to go lighter or deeper). Most of my targeted work is medium to deep, but if your previous therapist didn't go deep enough, you may want to give me a try because if you indicate you want me to go deep, I can go very deep. I feel that you paid for a massage, and if during the interview you said that you have sore areas that need particular attention, then I'm not doing my job if I don't work it as well as I can within your pain tolerance. When I speak of your pain tolerance, I don't want to see how much pain you can take, I mean a 6-8 on my pain scale.


    Who Should I Choose?



    The answer to this is more a question of style preference than who is better because I will not hire anyone that doesn't give me a good, responsive deep tissue massage. If I wouldn't pay $70 for it, I don't expect you to, and I like to get my moneys worth. I have specifically hired people who have a preference for therapeutic work because that is what I built my reputation on and I want to maintain that reputation. If you like relaxation massages I'm certain we have a therapist that will suit you since our styles vary on that as well.

    Our personal massage styles are a mixture of what we learned in school, our continuing education, what we personally like in a massage, moves we create or pick up from other therapists, and feedback from our clients. One client may think one therapist is "better" than the other, while another client will think the opposite, depending on personal preferences. So, the best way to answer this question is to point out some style differences.

    Since we can't describe all our different "moves", another way to choose is to try each therapist and just pick the one who suits you best; you don't have to stick with the first therapist you try. Every therapist at Stellar Massage is confident in his/her ability as a massage therapist. Each of us have our dedicated clients who don't want to go to anyone else, so our egos are safe. We recognize that no matter how good we are, some people will like our style and others won't or will simply prefer another. Please don't think any of us will feel insulted or hurt if you choose to try (and stay with) another of our therapists.

    Pressure:

    Most therapists at Stellar Massage can adjust their pressure from light to very firm/deep depending on your stated preferences and input during the massage. We rely on your feedback during the massage to adjust our pressure to your needs because while we can feel the knots and tension, everyone responds in their own way and we can't determine your pain without your input. Our base pressures, from lightest to deepest are: Meg, Sally, Kate, Chris, Jenae, and Chris. Chris is listed twice because he tends to hold back, but if you want him to, he can go the deepest.

    If you have thick, dense musculature and want a DEEP deep tissue massage, I have made a different service category for it so we can schedule extra time after for your therapist to recover. I am not talking about well developed/toned muscles (someone who works out at the gym every day), I'm talking about overdeveloped (think Football player, stone mason, etc ...). I'd like to say this is the person who feels like no one ever goes deep enough, but unfortunately that is usually a reflection on the quality of the massages previously received not the amount of pressure you need. Please don't be shy about asking us to lighten our pressure just because you asked for a DEEP massage. I tell those people "The amount of pressure you can take is not related to how macho you are, it's related to the condition of your muscles, and if you weren't so macho they wouldn't hurt so much."

    Neuromuscular Therapy:

    All therapists at Stellar Massage integrate Neuromuscular techniques into their deep tissue massages as necessary. Sally has received the most formal training in NMT and is certified in Neurmuscular Therapy/Structural Integration. Sally, Meg and Jenae tend to use it quite a bit when performing deep tissue massage. Kate and Chris use it as well and are quite good, they just tend not to use it as prolifically.

    Relaxation Massages:

    None of us will do a light "lotion rub" massage unless you specifically state you want it that light. All of our styles vary, but we can all adjust our pressure as you desire. Sally, Meg and Kate give more of a flowing "serenity" type relaxation massage. Sally adds Lomi Lomi and Esalen techniques to hers. Chris and Jenae tend to perform "Firm Relaxation" massages where you get strong pressure that may hurt briefly as our strokes move over a sore muscle, but we don't stop and poke and prod. It is ideal for relaxing tense, overworked muscles without the more painful targeted techniques of a deep tissue massage.

    I personally prefer to receive deep tissue massages, so I solicited my daughter-in-law for her opinion since she has a greater appreciation for it. I greatly appreciate the sacrifice she makes in receiving all these massages for me. Thank you Nicole.

    **From Nicole: "Kate and Meg both give excellent relaxation massages. Kate has a very gentle touch that flows from one area to the other perfectly. I left feeling well relaxed and rested. Meg really listened and was responsive. Her massage was different; I thought the craniosacral stuff she did at the end was weird, but I left relaxed in a way I've never been after a massage before. Stellar massage employs exceptional therapists who are very flexible according to their clients' needs. The real key to getting the perfect massage is communication. Speak up if you are uncomfortable and they will adjust immediately."

    Foot Massage:

    We don't offer this as a separate service, but if you love foot massage Kate and Jenae give the firmest and Meg and Chris give the smoothest.

    Geriatric:

    Meg & Sally would be my first choices since they have the gentlest touches and manner. This is also known as Adaptive Massage or Comforting Touch.

    Pregnancy:

    Meg and Sally would be my first choices on this as well because of the same reason I'd suggest them for Geriatric. That being said, if you hurt and don't want to just be pampered I think you would be happy with any of us. Chris does not do pregnancy massage.

    Hot Stone:

    Sally and Chris are the ones who do this. Hot stones are used for the massage, but we do not do placement stones like you see in the pretty pictures. Our insurance does not allow us to place stones directly on your skin, so we keep them in our hands and moving. If you want the pampering of heat as well as more traditional massage see the Stellar Upgrade.

    Myofacial Release:

    Sally is incredible. I hate to admit she is better than I am, but it's undeniable. She is better trained and more experienced in it and much more likely to incorporate gua sha and cupping into her Myofacial work.

    Lymphatic Drainage:

    Sally is the only one who performs this as a separate service. The rest of us will incorporate the basic technique into our massages when appropriate.

    TMJ:

    Sally is the only one to offer this as a separate service. She works inside and outside the mouth. She offers it as a 15 minute add-on, and as a 30 minute service. The 30 minute session includes instruction on how you can do it yourself. The rest of us will include outside the mouth techniques during our massage when appropriate.

    Cupping:

    Sally and I do this, but Sally has more experience with it than I do. Short and sweet, it's a myofacial technique using cups to create a vacuum and release adhesions. I've been hesitant to use it on people who have not been coming to me regularly for a while because of the purple marks left.

    Reflexology:

    Sally does not offer this as a stand alone service, but she can incorporate it into your massage.

    Gua Sha:

    Sally and I do this, but once again, Sally has more experience with it than I do. It's a myofacial technique using scraping tools to release adhesions layer by layer. It can leave stippling (purple dots).
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