Muscle Memory Massage

About Muscle Memory Massage

Hi, I'm Violet!

I'm so excited to be opening up shop in Cahaba Heights, supporting our community with relaxation, stress relief, and pain mitigation.

I lived in Cahaba Heights when I initially moved to Birmingham 4 years ago, and I very quickly felt at home for the first time in a long time.

Everything in the area – from the pretty neighborhoods and the beautiful flowers to novelties like Doodles and all the friendly faces I came to know – stuck with me.

After learning a LOT in school and being sincerely surprised by the immense benefits provided by massage therapy, I knew there was no where else I’d rather bring my newfound knowledge and skills than where my Birmingham adventures began.

I love it here, and I hope you’ll love me being here, as well.

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I’m a former professional editor and writer, and a lifelong creative spirit. My greatest loves are music, reading, nature, and cookies.

In 2016, I obtained my B.A. in English (with a poetry writing concentration) from Columbus State University.

I also spent 3 fantastic years as an Eagle at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA.

While writing and learning are certainly still passions of mine, once I was “out there doing it,” I didn’t ultimately wind up feeling like I’d found my career niche.
 
I kept searching and trying new things, until I found the Birmingham School of Massage.

Meanwhile, as the years have passed, I’ve also realized how much community matters. I’m not particularly extroverted, but I’ve never been in worse health than when I was most isolated from others.

As a practicing massage therapist, I can now connect with others in a grounded, comforting environment. I love what I do, and I’m excited for you to be a part of it!

This is Frida,

and for those of you who have an animal of any kind, you know how hard it was for me to select one picture to represent her. Our boon companions have such full and diverse personalities, and they’re just so good!

I did not grow up in a pet-owning home, so when I adopted Frida in July of 2020, I had no idea what I was in for. Quite frankly, I don’t think any amount of research in the world could have prepared me for this girl!

Frida is a true dog’s dog. She absolutely loves to wrestle and play with any and all other dogs, chew sticks, and go on drives with the window down, positioning herself like the Dos Equis guy.

Having been brought back to GBHS multiple times for “bad behavior,” she’s still working on her trust in humans and (unfortunately for my books) a bit of a destructive separation anxiety.

Still, she’s come a long way, and is typically the peak of perfection. Beyond a number of functional commands, this smarty pants currently knows 7 tricks and counting. (My personal favorite being “speak,” in which she makes no noise but chomps her mouth as if she were barking.)

In the grander picture, Frida has truly brought love and happiness into my life like I wouldn’t have ever imagined. She wakes up playful and smiling every day, without fail, and that has been an invaluable gift.

In honor of all of our fuzzball friendos of the past, future, and present, Muscle Memory Massage hosts Frida Friday’s – granting $5 off any service, on any Friday appointment.

Birmingham School of Massage

At the Birmingham School of Massage, I learned an incredible amount about practicing massage therapy (of course), but also about the human body. I realized that my prior understanding of bones, muscles, and how the body generally functions really hadn’t made it beyond grade school in many respects.

Anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology blew me away and fascinated me immediately. I’m still in a state of amazement about how our bodies have maximized so many internal resources. We can do so very much more than I knew was possible — and a lot of it is just really darn cool!

Learning about how muscles can bond together and create tension “knots” helped me contextualize how relevant the body’s high water concentration is; learning about the long-term, serious damage we suffer when consistently stressed helped me realize that there is far more to massage therapy than fun facts and manipulating muscles.

During my time at school, I had the privilege of studying with some of the wisest and most talented massage educators and professionals. They work relentlessly to provide an education that rivals any other in the nation, and they are forerunners in making sure that our profession is protected, respected, and well-communicated.

Muscle Memory Massage was established in 2021 as a restful location where those residing in or visiting the Birmingham, Alabama area may be aided in relaxation, stress relief, and pain relief by way of ethical, professional massage therapy.