Relieve Pain with Simple Self-Massage

Learn simple self-massage techniques to relieve tension, aches, and pains.

What is a structural assessment?

Is this a mug shot?!


No, this is just what a structural assessment looks like with me.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
A tad awkward to stand still while someone stares at you and writes notes about your body BUT it is incredibly helpful.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Through this process, I can assess structural imbalances and postural distortions. No judgements, just tidbits of evidence that direct my focus.





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What does a structural assessment reveal?

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On the surface, these are photos of a beautiful and strong woman (me!), and I can also note the imbalances, which explain the discomfort I sometimes feel and the injuries I've sustained.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
For example, do you see how my left hip is elevated?

This explains why my left low back and right inner thigh are always tighter than the other side.

Then you can see how this one imbalance travels up through my spine and shoulders as my body compensates.

And this is just the beginning! These assessments give me SO many fascinating clues.

What next?

In my sessions, I will have you stand in four positions so I can assess your structure from different angles. And take notations, which are mostly just scribbles about what's elevated, rotated, shifted, etc. and the degree.

Nothing definitive, they're just clues that help guide my focused attention.

I then assess the body on the mat, noting things like:

  • Tightened muscles
  • Restricted fascia
  • Adhesions in the tissue
  • Restriction in range of motion
  • Any pain or discomfort
  • Restrictions in breathing

This all gives me a sense of what muscles and structures need attention.

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It's all incredibly fascinating to me. And part of how I serve my clients through my Transformational Bodywork Series.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Curious how your body's imbalances can be contributing to your pain, discomfort, and injuries?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Interested in knowing what you can do at home to improve them?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Want a bodywork experience that can permanently create structural change in your body to decrease your symptoms?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This is about so much more than massage.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Schedule your first session and see the difference.

About Jenelle

Jenelle seamlessly weaves together Western approaches to structural bodywork, including postural analysis, muscular imbalances, myofascial release, positional release therapy, and trigger point therapy with traditional techniques from Thailand, including compression, stretching, energy work, and herbal treatments.

Jenelle melds her expansive background in teaching yoga, practicing Thai massage, and studying structural bodywork and has crafted a truly unique experience. This is carried out through her massage services, education, and coaching programs.

How to work with Jenelle:

  1. Click on the schedule button.
  2. You’ll be taken to a scheduling page
  3. Select Transformational Bodywork Series
  4. Check you email for confirmation and details on location
  5. Come to your first session!
  6. Payment: this can be the first of your 12-week series, or you can pay for the single session. We can discuss options

Transformational Bodywork Series

A holistic approach to bodywork focused on creating substantial and sustainable change in your body.

  • No pain! Ditch the pokiness and discomfort of deep tissue - Bodywork should NOT hurt
  • Get off the table - Bodywork is performed on a thick mat on the floor. This gives it a solid, rooted quality to it and gives a lot more room to move around.
  • No lotions or oils - this allows for more focus on the fascia and allows for movement
  • Clothed - you wear comfy clothes that will allow for movement and lengthening of muscles, and allows us to get into areas difficult to access without clothing

The result is a powerful experience that also feels subtle because I work with your body, rather than against it

What to Expect

Transformational Bodywork is a 12-week series focused on:

  • Reconnecting with your body
  • Restoring balance
  • Releasing what is stuck
  • Creating healing self-care habits


  • 12 weekly 90-minute bodywork sessions
  • Structural & Postural Assessments
  • A set of cork therapy balls and a foam roller
  • Learn powerful self-care techniques for caring for your body at home
  • Video or email support between sessions through Marco Polo and/or email


Joleen Yelton

Wow, what a life changer! I came to Jenelle when I was experiencing incredible pain and discomfort in my lower back during the first trimester of my pregnancy. Before my sessions with her, it was difficult to sit in a chair, ride in the car and impossible to walk. My massages were both relaxing and energizing, and helped reduce my pain and stiffness almost immediately!

She not only took the time to get to know me and ask questions about my body and situation, she also helped to educate me on how to treat myself and how to be preventative. She even sent me home with a few exercises that my husband was able to do to help stretch out my areas of stiffness.

Joleen Yelton, Mama