meet your certified massage therapist

Hi. I'm Jessica Boggs. Welcome to papercrane.

Back in 2003, I was new to Madison, working in a high-stress job as an executive assistant. I had previous experience managing a salon and spa in the Fox Valley, so on a particularly maddening day, I started searching for a contingency plan- corporate life was certainly not for me. My search led me to an open house at Lakeside School of Massage Therapy, and two weeks later, I was enrolled in classes.

I had an idea that I would enjoy massage therapy, possibly be good at it. I hadn't considered that I would become totally passionate about it. Human anatomy was always intriguing to me, but to really learn the architecture of the human body, how everything is arranged in a delicate symphony of movement, was absolutely extraordinary. To think that I could help conduct that symphony was powerful. I was hooked.

After graduating Lakeside in 2004, I took a job at a spa and got to work. I met some wonderful people, learned a lot, but it wasn't quite the right fit for me. Around the same time, I began teaching massage back at Lakeside, which really cemented my love for therapeutic, structural work. In 2006 I was invited to join the massage therapy team at Dean/St Mary's, where I had the opportunity to work with exciting cases- everything from thoracic outlet syndrome to scoliosis and chronic leg pain.

In early 2008, Dean/St Mary's decided to discontinue their massage therapy program. Sad at first, I decided this was the perfect time to get on with things and finally open my own practice. I hope you like it here.

Massage Philosophy
Most of us are physiologically imbalanced. Few people have perfect posture: our heads jut forward, our shoulders roll in, or maybe an injury causes our walk to favor one leg. These imbalances are what cause pain. Sometimes it's acute; sometimes it's a slow burn that develops over time. My personal mission is to look at you, your life, your activities, and see where these imbalances are and figure out how to correct them. I don't use magic tricks, just science (and a little intuition). I'd like to think of myself as the Alton Brown of massage therapy.

I employ a variety of techniques to customize each massage, based in Swedish, and drawing from trigger point, hydrotherapy, active inhibition, and connective tissue work, just to name a few. Don't be afraid of the word “therapeutic”- to some, a relaxation massage is therapy, and I'm happy to oblige! Whether you're a desk jockey or training for a marathon, we'll figure out the right treatment for you.

last updated on October 19 2015