1933 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. S. #100 Birmingham, AL 35209
LMT/NMT ALABAMA LICENSE #3497
Stella graduated from Virginia College in 2011 with an Associates degree in Therapeutic Massage. She is Alabama licensed and certified in Clinical Massage for pain relief. She is able to customize each session to every individuals unique needs and is a true believer in using massage as a way to calm the mind as well the body.
LMT/NMT ALABAMA LICENSE #4000
When Sha’ Doss talks about being a massage therapist, the excitement in her voice bubbles over. After a series of unfulfilling warehouse jobs, Sha’ knew it was time to return to school. A quick assessment sent her on a career path of therapeutic massage. “I knew I loved animals and I loved people, so massage seemed like the perfect fit,” she explains. “Since I received my license in 2012, I have continued to expand my knowledge on what I love to do.”
Known professionally as Doss, Sha’ enjoys deep tissue massage the most. “There’s nothing like getting down into those muscles and relieving that deep pain,” she says. “No one likes to hurt, so I start out with moderate pressure until the muscles begin to relax then I get into that deep tissue.” Sha’ also loves watching someone’s tension leaving their body. “That alone is a stress reliever for me,” she says. “Helping someone have a better day or sleeping at night is the part that is the most rewarding.”
In her spare time, Sha’ enjoys her bengal cat, Tabitha, being outside, exercising and being with family.
LMT/NMT ALABAMA LICENSE #4608
Matthew Romano has a heart for advocacy. As a supporter of mental health awareness and End Heroin Birmingham, Matthew wants to ensure others around him are not suffering in silence. “What drew me to massage therapy was the ability to help someone escape for a while through the process,” he says.
Once introduced to the profession, Matthew immediately fell in love with massage. After graduation from Birmingham School of Massage, Matthew has spent the last six years helping people feel better. “Every client has different needs,” he explains. “I tailor the treatment needed so when they can stand up straight or feel relief from pain or soreness, I know that I did my job well.”
Matthew and his dog, Gypsy, enjoy discovering the ins and outs of Birmingham, patronizing local venues and shops, hiking and reading fantasy novels.
Anne Lofton Kendrick
LMT/NMT ALABAMA LICENSE # 4136
After graduating from Furman University with a degree in Spanish and a passion for languages, Anne Lofton Kendrick found herself at a crossroads. “I love languages and being able to make connections with people,” she explains. “But teaching wasn’t for me.”
Her Spanish fluency came with a lot of volunteer opportunities, but nothing that was considered a career. Then Anne Lofton remembered how she enjoyed massage and looked into the program at Birmingham School of Massage. “I fell in love with the practice and am still so passionate about it,” she says. “I love the hands-on nature of massage and seeing how much better people feel after their time with me. It’s wonderful to have a job where people are happy to see you and even happier after.”
A Mountain Brook native, Anne Lofton is a voracious reader, loves yoga and enjoys spending time with her two cats.
LMT/NMT ALABAMA LICENSE #5688
Giules Colpo found her life’s passion during the recent COVID-19 pandemic. After feeling stuck in what she was doing, Giules enrolled at Birmingham School of Massage, graduating in February 2021. “I’ve always been into naturopathic medicine, herbs and essential oils, so massage is a natural extension of that interest,” she explains. “I love working with people and seeing their joy when they get off the table feeling renewed.”
When she’s not working, you can find Giules in the gym or enjoying the outdoors, either hiking, camping or swimming. She has also been a youth competition soccer referee for the past five years, working all over the U.S. and with local clubs and high schools. “I love interacting with the players and seeing the raw emotions that everyone feels during competition,” she says.
LMT/NMT ALABAMA LICENSE # 5744
After he lost his previous employment during the pandemic, Marlon Ford took advantage of the opportunity he had and returned to school. “I’d been a massage enthusiast on the receiving side and completely believe in the power of touch communication,” he explains. “I have extensive experience in Healthcare Management, including physical therapy acute care, home health orthopedics and acute care rehab hospitals, so this was a natural fit for me.”
Because it was too late to begin the term at a Birmingham massage school, Marlon enrolled at USCI in Fort Collins, Colo. “I was able to do a lot online with local mentors and then finished up my clinical training in Colorado,” he says. “I spent six weeks there completing my final 200 hours of hands-on training under four very different instructors.” Although he still lives in his hometown of Barney, Ala., Marlon now practices in the Homewood office several days a week.
In his spare time, Marlon enjoys his family, especially his son and grandson, the outdoors and spending time on the water.
C. J. Wade
LMT/NMT ALABAMA LICENSE #5140
C. J. Wade graduated from Virginia College. She specializes in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular, Sports, and Prenatal massage modalities. Using her dance experience, she also customizes stretching techniques to help her clients. C.J. believes that time for oneself is not a luxury; it is a necessity.
LMT/NMT ALABAMA LICENSE #3016
Brice Jackson, LMT/NMT is a Licensed Massage Therapist and founder of BWM. He graduated from Red Mountain Institute in 2010 and earned his license as a massage therapist in 2011 (AL #3016). Since then he has worked as a massage therapist independently and as a practitioner at Legacy Chiropractic.
LMT/NMT ALABAMA LICENSE #4834
Justin has been a practicing massage therapist for 3 years. During which time he has crafted a style of massage that is both therapeutic and relaxing.
He enjoys working with varying types of clients, wether they are exercise or sport enthusiasts, or just looking to relax and destress from the hectic
life they lead. He has also continued his education and studied the modality of Fire Cupping, a technique of using glass jars and fire to create negative
pressure to give the benefits of deep tissue massage, and lymphatic release.
LMT/NMT ALABAMA LICENSE #4923
Altheria "Ally" Mann graduated from Heritage College in Columbus, Ohio in therapeutic massage. She specializes in Swedish, prenatal, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, and neuromuscular therapy while incorporating both myofascial and muscle energy techniques. She has experience working with injured clients and has worked alongside medical professionals to ensure that each client received optimal care. Ally looks forward to working with you!
LMT/NMT ALABAMA LICENSE # 3981
Maya Edwards came to massage therapy after an introduction during a high school cosmetology class. “I was really interested in how massage can play a part in healing the body. That’s when I decided to go to massage therapy school at Virginia College.”
As a licensed massage therapist since 2011, Maya enjoys catering to the needs of her clients.
“Each session is different, so being able to understand what they need versus what they want is what I’m most passionate about. I appreciate their gratitude for doing my job well.”
In her spare time, Maya attends cosmetology school at Lawson State Community College and is busy with her family: husband Amariah, son Amir, 4, and son Levi, 1. “I absolutely love being with my boys. Amariah is originally from St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, so we hope to travel there soon.” Maya also enjoys watching movies, particularly rom com and action films and eating American and Italian food.
LMT/NMT ALABAMA LICENSE # 4267
When someone told him he would have to wait until retirement to travel, Chance Calvert knew there was a better way. That’s when he became a flight attendant with United Airlines. “I was based out of San Francisco and loved the traveling I was able to do, particularly to Sydney, Australia,” he says. “I worked on the reserves, so I was fortunate to travel on a lot of international flights.”
Two years later Chance returned home to Birmingham to attend Birmingham School of Massage, a dream he’d had in high school. Since 2015, he has worked as a licensed massage therapist. “All my jobs before massage therapy were with hundreds of people, so I enjoy the one-on-one,” he explains. “It’s just as peaceful for me as it is for my client. I enjoy the feeling of accomplishment I get by helping them.”
A self-proclaimed nerd, Chance enjoys reading comic books, science fiction, folklore, horror and mythology. “I love a story that will pull me in,” he explains. “I love looking up folklore and learning more.”
LMT/NMT ALABAMA LICENSE # 4449
John Hamm graduated from the Birmingham School of Massage and has been a licensed massage therapist since 2016. John excels in deep, therapeutic massage and enjoys seeing his clients relieved from chronic aches and pain.
Alabama License # 5719
Ian Hull is a big fan of symmetry and paying close attention to detail. Whether it’s as a sushi chef where he creates and plates beautiful food or as a fire spinner, his favorite pastime, Ian loves to present things as perfection. “From the moment I saw someone spinning fire with poi—Kevlar balls on Kevlar rope that are dipped in kerosene and set on fire—I knew I wanted to learn how to do that,” Ian explains. “It’s artistic and exemplifies symmetry and perfection.”
Since graduating from the Birmingham School of Massage, Ian is thrilled to be working with his clients to help them feel better. “I have always been good with my hands and can feel how to make someone’s pain decrease,” he says. “Massage therapy is a way for me to help people—I get as much out of it as my clients.”
Brittany Blanks - Jefferson
LMT/NMT ALABAMA LICENSE #2658
Brittany, a Birmingham native, has been an LMT in Alabama for over 10 years. In 2014 Brittany received her BS in Kinesiology from UAB. Brittany enjoys providing all modalities of massage including prenatal and sports massage! Brittany is certified in Reflexology and had has Lymphatic Massage training. Brittany’s passion is to educate the community about the benefits and importance of routine massage therapy.