Jennifer Chan, CMT/LMT, born in New York, is a board certified (BCTMB) and licensed massage therapist in VA and WA. She is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), and has almost 12 years of experience in providing relaxing and medical/sports massage. Being first generation born in the states, she was introduced to massage at an early age by her Chinese parents (Massage is a “norm” not a luxury in life in the Eastern world).
After being in a very bad car accident at the age of 15, it
was chiropractic adjustments, acupressure, and massage that healed her body as
best as it could be healed avoiding surgery (Your body is never 100% the same
after an accident). That started her
passion for massage, and the healing powers of touch. Jen graduated high school in VA and went
straight to college. She graduated from
Virginia Tech (go Hokies!) and went right into corporate America. Throughout this whole time she continued to
study massage on her own. She worked in the
mortgage industry during the boom and noticed how tense and grumpy people were
in the office when things got hectic. She
left the crazy stressful mortgage industry and became a loan processor and then a Fraud Analyst for a
student loan company. That was also unfortunately
stressful, working long hours in front of two computer screens, body aching
constantly from the work. Took a
vacation to Amsterdam and when she came back decided enough was enough. Time to get into massage therapy and teach 1
person at a time how beneficial massage is.
Jen graduated from AKS Massage School in Herndon VA with honors. She is certified in sports massage and incorporates that passion into her volunteerism, providing massages at many events such as the JFK 50 mile Run, Run for Shelter/Loudoun County, March of Dimes "Walk America", the Patriot Cup, Reston Relay for Life, and the Tom Dolan Swim Invitational. Before moving to WA, Jen had a thriving business in VA working on people of all ages and types. She has massaged everyone from the average person looking for stress reduction to the newbie who is interested in massage but has never experienced it before, from the talented high school kid trying to improve for college scouts to the weekend warrior, and from the pregnant woman looking for relief to the professional NFL player and MMA athlete. On top of all the sports events, she also does "corporate" events (customInk.com, Thomas Jefferson HS All Night Grad Party, Oakton HS All Night Grad Party, Teacher Appreciation, Employee Appreciation, Spirit Week). Jen received ADVANCED PRENATAL TRAINING at her former employer and was a member of the American Pregnancy Massage Association (APMA).
While in VA, before moving to WA, Jen fell down the stairs trying to carry a large roll of carpet and also slipped on ice on the last step of her building during “Snowmageddon”. She twisted her right knee so bad, doctors thought she needed surgery. Her left patella, the knee cap, was dislocated. With massage therapy and the help of e-stim (electric stimulation) from the chiropractor’s office she worked at, on top of chiropractic care, she avoided surgery. (Did I mention when Jen was in junior high and high school she broke, sprained, and strained her right ankle multiple times from random sports accidents and used massage therapy to help heal her ankle)? Jen moved to WA to help her family with their seafood exporting business, but her job there is done and her focus now is on massage therapy and spreading the knowledge about massage and cannabis. Jen is a member of NORML, NORML Women of WA, The Cannabis Alliance, Vashon Island MJ Entrepreneurs Association (now V.I. MJ. Enthusiasts Alliance) aka VIMEA, and participates and supports many organizations such as MJ Business Association (MJBA), Cannabis Woman's Alliance, Twenty22Many, and Grow for Vets. She has become a huge cannabis advocate and ambassador in the WA cannabis movement, spreading the knowledge of cannabis infused massages and CHABA massages.
Jen works on everyone and enjoys working and learning about the body with each session. ‘It has helped me heal from back and knee injuries and has also helped me avoid surgeries. Massage has been such a huge influence in Eastern medicine, it’s used to support and sustain optimal health. I’m shocked how insignificant it is here in the Western world. That needs to change because BODY WORK IS TOO IMPORTANT TO BE TREATED AS A LUXURY. There are too many benefits for it to be a luxury. Everyone needs massage’, Jen Chan, CMT/LMP. She is willing to work on payment options with people who cannot typically afford massage.
She continues to further educate her massage with continuing education. She hopes to learn more about geriatrics massage, craniosacral, and myofascial massage in the near future. In her part time, she likes to spend time with family, friends, and her rescued american staffordshire Roscoe, travel, explore her new state of Washington, check out new restaurants (big foodie!), anything sports related (huge sports fan! NFL NBA NCAA football/basketball MMA Boxing), and discuss the importance of massage with people who have no clue. Knowledge is power!
Short and simple. I've been there. Through all the injuries and the stress, I saw how much massage therapy helped me heal faster...and avoid surgery. Knowledge is power.