Hi I’m Jeff Bramhall, the owner of Just Breathe Manual Therapy.
My path to becoming a bodyworker started when I was young. I always had an easier time communicating through touch rather than words. I “listened” better with my hands than my ears, and felt comfortable in the quiet that came about through haptic contact.
As an adult, I found myself in a career that was out of sync with that deep part of my nature and my body gave me clear and loud signals that I needed to change.
I landed myself in a hospital bed due to a stress related illness and I resolved that it was time to come in line with my nature.
Fast forward to now, I’m a licensed massage therapist and graduate of The Massage School in Boston. After years of practice and refining, I opened Just Breathe Manual Therapy in July 2020.
Nervous System Centered Bodywork is my own constantly evolving creation that stands on the shoulders of my teachers. I’ve learned directly from luminaries in bodywork and massage therapy, like Thomas Myers, Douglas Heel, Brad Cox, and Til Luchau. From the worlds of mindfulness and breathwork, I’ve learned from George Mumford and Patrick McKeown. Bridging the gap between the mind and body, I’ve learned from Dr. Bessel van der Kolk and Edward Ulm.
Traditional massage therapy focuses primarily on muscles as the avenue of change. Nervous System Centered Bodywork may use the muscles as a measuring stick, but the avenue of change is the state of the nervous system.
What most people get wrong is that they think muscles need to be stretched or strengthened to change how someone feels in their body.
The reality is that stretching and strengthening both have their place, but how we feel in our body starts with the state of our nervous system.
By centering my work around the nervous system, I can help open up new options for movement, shift the perception of pain, and help you feel at home in your body.