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Community Highlights: Meet Ani Papazyan of Last Stop 4 Pain

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ani Papazyan.

Hi Ani, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Thank you, it’s been a journey for sure. After getting my bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the former USSR, Armenia, where I also played volleyball for Armenian national team, with my family moved to the US 1992. I was able to reinstate my diploma in the US and since I studied medical massage in college, I decided to continue my passion of helping others and become a massage therapist.

My journey in the field of medical massage can be traced back to 1995 when I started working with chiropractors and various healthcare professionals. From 1998-1999, I was chosen to be Janet Jackson’s massage therapist for the duration of the “Velvet Rope” World Tour.

The first 15 years I spent learning advanced pain relief techniques. Learning from different doctors, scientists, out of the box thinkers that made their mission to help people live pain-free.

After over ten years of specializing in pain relief as a medical massage therapist, I realized that I needed to learn more about nutrition and how it can affect the body when it comes to pain. That led me to get my nutritionist certification and allowed me to order and analyze blood tests nutritionally. Being able to see what may be contributing to the client’s pain is very powerful.

In the last couple of decades, genetic testing and personalized nutrition are slowly becoming a part of mainstream medicine. Now more than ever we can create personalized plans based on clients’ genetic makeup and how their body reacts to their environment.

I decided to go back to school and get my Translational Nutrigenomics certification. Having this knowledge allows me to help my clients create personalized healthy lifestyle plans from a genetic perspective, looking at the genes not (jeans wrong) we are dealt with will allow me to understand and create personalized dietary and lifestyle plans that are specific to them.

For the past 26-plus years, I have been helping people get back to living pain-free again, empowering them with self-help techniques and recommendations so they can take control of their health and make informed lifestyle choices. I believe that prevention is better than cure and no one should learn to live with pain.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
As I was getting my massage therapist certification, it was extremely difficult for me, since at the same time I was going to school to learn English. Growing up in Armenia, English was not one of the languages I had to learn. Also, coming from a completely different culture, I had to learn the culture here, how to make friends, and how the business world worked. As with every other business I had my ups and downs throughout the years, and I’m so grateful that I was able to build a successful practice.

Since the pandemic, my business has suffered tremendously. After three years I’m slowly getting back to some sort of normalcy.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Last Stop 4 Pain?
I’m a pain relief specialist, I help people get back to living pain-free so they can do all the fun activities they love to do pain-free. My specialty in neck pain relief, and what sets me apart is my approach to neck pain. In my experience, over 80% of clients I see with neck pain, is due to jaw clenching and grinding. The techniques I use to help them are unique. It’s not uncommon for me to hear from my clients “wow” “that’s first for me” “I’ve never had anyone approach my neck pain like that” “can’t believe how fast it works”

After 26 years I want to teach more, so I have created an online course where I teach self-help techniques for neck pain relief. Individuals with neck pain can use the techniques and practitioners can learn and teach them to their clients.

If your readers can take one thing away from this article, I would like it to be this: never learn to live with pain, don’t allow living with pain be your new norm. There’s someone out there that can help you, try to find that person.

If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
I was a tomboy, my friends were only guys, I played soccer, hockey, climbed trees, gut into fights. Loved sports and pretty much spent every free time outside.

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