Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Jennifer Southwell

TXLMT:MT044846 TXMTI0867 NPI:000494867

Jennifer has lived in North Texas all her life. After graduating high school in the early 1990s, she attended the University of North Texas and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1998. Shortly afterward, she decided to take a break and stay at home with her two young children. When they both were in elementary school, she decided to pursue a certification in massage therapy, something that she had been interested in for most of her life. 

Jennifer has been a Licensed Massage Therapist in the state of Texas since early 2006. Over the years she has taken many hours of continuing education courses and has been fascinated with and developed a love of the body’s fascia. Jennifer has taken classes and self-educated to learn many modalities that help address fascial restrictions. This toolset is what she brings to the table with her when she works with her clients.

In early 2022, Jennifer also studied and passed the Texas state exam, earning her Massage Therapist Instructor license.

Jennifer is a compassionate caregiver who takes the time for each client. She listens not just to hear what the client has to say, but to understand each client’s unique situation. She tries to connect to the client’s needs and offer tips for self-care outside of the treatment room.

What is the difference between massage and bodywork? Massage is more of a flow-based therapy, whereas bodywork specifically addresses a single issue a client is having. Is one better than the other? Only when there is a specific issue that needs addressing. If relaxation is the goal, then most definitely a massage is what is in order!

Fascia is the key material within the body that gives all the organs, muscles, and connective tissue structure. It’s a latticework made of collagen and a lubrication substance that helps it glide  freely over bones and muscles and the skin. When someone gets “adhesions”, what is meant is that the fascia has become adhered or stuck to the structure surrounding it. Think of plastic wrap getting stuck to itself after you have torn it away from the dispenser and before you can get it secured on the bowl you want it to seal. It is much the same for fascia. Scar tissue is also made of a thickened fascia.

Over the course of time, repetitive movements can strengthen fascia to move in a specific way that can have a negative effect on other movements of the body. It’s really rather fascinating as this is a result of the body trying to improve efficiency. Unfortunately the negative outcome may be reduced movement in another body function. Take for example, someone who works at a computer all day, most likely will have shortened chest muscles, perhaps even thicker fascia pulling the shoulders forward from the shoulders to the sternum. This can present as painful areas in the upper back as those muscles have become over stretched and weakened. Addressing the chest fascia will ultimately help relieve the stress put on the back.