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Meet Jackie Windham of Tha Muscle Whisperer in Sherman Oaks

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jackie Windham.

Jackie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I spent twenty years of bodybuilding and training with world-renowned Albert Beckles. This involved training my body 3-4 hours a day, six days a week to learn about muscles and soft tissue in the body. This gave me an in-depth, personal understanding of what it means to take care of the body.

Later, I worked for a medical office that became angry when I was actually helping people heal. Patients wouldn’t have to keep returning, and the “medical professionals” didn’t like that.

I became so frustrated with a medical system more concerned with profit than healing that I dove into learning about bodywork through classes and attending conventions. I also spent 2000 hours in massage therapy training. I emerged as a trigger point therapist, gua sha master, healing-obsessed woman with the tools I needed to transform lives.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It hasn’t been a smooth road. I am a single white mother, raising a black son in the current climate. It’s one of the reasons I am as passionate about social justice as I am healing. With so much trauma in the world today, the two are not mutually exclusive.

Another difficult part is wanting to make healing accessible to everyone. I set aside a least one day a month to work on people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to come in for the healing.

Please tell us about Tha Muscle Whisperer.
Let’s be very clear: I am NOT a masseuse. I am a certified trigger point therapist who also works with a variety of other techniques, most commonly Gua Sha, also known as ‘scraping’. I make it my problem to fix your pain by helping muscles release trauma and breaking down fascia build-up. The process isn’t pretty, but it’s worth it. I am known for doing more in a 2-hour session than a chiropractor does in six weeks of sessions.

That’s what makes me different from everyone else. I won’t sell you packages of sessions because my goal is to heal you in the first session, and 90% of the time that is possible. If athletes want to get back on the field tomorrow, they should see me today.

Most importantly: trauma is stored in the body (this is backed by science). So I also work with many men and women who are survivors of sexual and domestic abuse. When a muscle is released, any trauma stored there comes forward. Because of my own experience as a survivor, and the home-like sanctuary in which I offer my services, I have created a safe space for people to work through the trauma.

I offer a service that many people have never experienced before, I truly want to, and can, heal people. All I need is for someone to give me a chance.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
You have to believe in what you do and stand behind that.

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