Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Reclaim Advantage! Reclaim Life! Meet Champion Jeffrey Spratt,MT

Two years ago today I had my first massage therapy treatment with Jeffrey Spratt,MT.

From "Going the Distance: The Power of Endurance":

He greeted me at the Front Desk of Wave Health and Fitness all 6’2 and a half inches of him (6’3” on the program he once told me) dressed in his collared black Spratt Muscular Therapies shirt and beige khakis. My hands shook as I tried to complete the intake form. Do I dare trust another massage therapist? What if he turns out to be just like all the other body workers I met during these past 8 years? Was he trustworthy? After all the only thing I knew about him really was what I read on his website that contained very little information about him. When I did a google search I learned that he taught at the Cortiva Institute, had a degree in aviation and had been a practice manager at Massage Works in Quincy. I did some Facebook stalking and discovered we had mutual friends in common from L Street Running Club. I sent him a photo from One Boston Day with a Facebook message letting him know we had Facebook friends in common. He said he was looking forward to seeing me on Sunday.

With his sweeping arm gesture, he led me into his treatment room and said to Tom who had accompanied me to the appointment since I was worried about getting lost, “We’ll see you in 90 minutes.” He reviewed my intake form and put his black rimmed glasses on top of his head to make eye contact with me. I briefly told him about my trauma history and a history of polio. “Most importantly of all, you need to know that I had a very serious knee injury back in December of 2014. They told me I wouldn’t and couldn’t and shouldn’t run again. It showed I had no gastroc muscle but I’m working with a chiropractor to grow a new one. I’m registered to run the Finish at the 50 race on July 3rd.”

“Okay! Thanks for letting me know all that. Get undressed to your comfort level. I can even work through your clothes if you’d like.”

“I need to feel this guy’s touch,” I thought to myself. After all I’d been through with Joseph, my nerves conditioned to abandonment and neglect were on fire. If this was going to be the guy I was going to partner with to go the distance, then I had to let myself be vulnerable and open to experience his touch.

“The towel isn’t heated anymore,” I commented to Joseph.{the previous massage therapist I was working with}

“Everything gets colder now that it’s Spring. Oh yeah that’s right you had mentioned to me that you enjoyed the hot towel. Once the weather gets warmer outside we turn off the table heater and we don’t heat the towels anymore.”

I undressed and climbed onto the deliciously heated table and got under the sheet. I took a few deep breaths. Jeffrey knocked on the door.

“All set Mary?”


Immediately Jeffrey began to palpate my back through the sheet with strong compressions. He moved his hands over my entire body and asked, “Does the face cradle feel okay? Can you breathe okay?”

“Yes,” I said as I felt a smile come across my face.

“I’m sorry – could you remind me again where you were in the bombings?”

My tension began to melt away.

“What leg are we rehabbing?” he asked me.

“The left,” I replied

He took my left leg, bent it to a 90 degree angle and gently but confidently tapped it on the table and stretched it while using his other hand to apply pressure to different pressure points.

I was intrigued and enthralled.

I had never experienced anyone work with me the way Jeffrey worked with me in that first session. He used very little product, worked a lot through the sheets and rather than attending to an area and having it be once and done, he moved around my body and methodically went back to work on areas again. I experienced a sense of stillness and peace on the table feeling so comfortable and at ease while Jeffrey worked with me. As he finished with a clearing of the energy, he placed his left hand on my right shoulder while he turned his body toward the door. He turned his head and gently looked down at me, “Okay Mary…take your time getting up. I left a hot towel for you if you’d like to use it….Please don’t rush. Take your time. Open the door a crack when you’re dressed.”

“How are you feeling?” Jeffrey asked me as he handed me a cold bottle of water as a wine steward presents a fine bottle of wine at the finest restaurant.

“Amazing. I’ve never experienced anything like that before.”

Jeffrey warmly smiled.

“I usually tremble – I have head tremors and body tremors but I was so still and felt so at ease with you.”

“I felt your stillness,” Jeffrey replied.

“I want you to run unencumbered,” Jeffrey said with his piercing blue eyes intently looking into mine. At the time I didn’t quite take in the enormity of what he had just said. He was setting an intention for our work together that I had set early on with my personal trainer and then wrote about in my poetry for the past several years.

“I’d like to work with you,” I said knowing that my life was about to dramatically change for the better.

“Next week is after the marathon so unfortunately I only have a 60 minute appointment on Thursday for you and then I am going away but the following week I can see you at 3:00pm for 90 minutes and can book out your weekly appointments for as long as you would like. How does a year sound?”

“Sounds good to me,” I said smiling.

“Tom you have to see this guy. No really. He is the real deal. I promise you. He’s not like any of the others.”

“We’ll see,” Tom replied. “I’m just so glad that you had a good experience.”

Two years ago today my life changed forever as I experienced the power of positive, innovative quality touch infused with the intention to help me heal the effects of paralytic polio and trauma at the hands of Jeffrey Spratt, MT.

He was named SCORE Mentors and Sam's Club 2017 American Small Business Champion for innovation, community service and his dedication as a small business owner.

The journey hasn't always been easy. Jeffrey choose a career where he is a male in a primarily female dominated career. There is a high burnout rate in the profession. He had to remind himself over and over again to be true to himself and not "sell out" by the pressure to have a spa massage therapy practice. Jeffrey was blessed to receive continuous affirmations for the pioneering work he developed. He realized that his unique method of muscular therapy was critical and vital to so many clients. He is honored and humbled that his staff have embraced his method and give him feedback and ideas to continue the evolution of the work. His desire and passion to help people and work with the human body kept him in the massage therapy game now for over 15 years! Jeffrey always knew that there was a higher purpose and calling and believed in himself to not cow tow to the norms of the profession.

In Jeffrey's words, "I was fortunate enough to have success happen; affirmations kept coming and I kept changing lives. Opportunities kept presenting themselves. I always knew there was a higher purpose and a higher calling. I knew I had to set my own mark. One of my friends said to me, 'God blesses the entrepreneur with ignorance because if they knew what they were getting into, they would never start.' I had a sound foundation for my vision of Spratt Muscular Therapies but did not have the nuances and the knack. In my 3rd year, things looked their bleakest. I wasn't sure what direction to go in. I went back to basics. I trusted the work and I trusted myself. One of our favorite mantras at Spratt Muscular Therapies is, 'Don't quit before the miracle happens!' We are so glad we did not give up!"

So am I!!!

Jeffrey is a Champion of Emergency Responders, Veterans, Active Duty Military Personnel and their spouses offering a special rate of $85 for a 60 minute massage therapy session and $1/minute for his signature ShakeOut (TM) Massage. He is a Champion of trauma survivors. His compassionate presence, his innovative method of muscular therapy and all that he is has been the game changer for me to reclaim advantage and reclaim life in the wake of paralytic polio and severe abuse during my childhood and adolescence. He partners with me to heal from my nephew's suicide, the Boston Marathon bombings, and the recent stress of our daughter's illness and frequent hospitalizations. He donates his time for a research project, "The Efficacy of the Spratt Method of Muscular Therapy in Trauma Recovery." He

He is a Champion of endurance runners and because of his innovative method of muscular therapy, he knows just what to do to help me achieve my goals on my health and wellness journey.

He is a Champion of compassion, of innovation and community service and he is a Champion in my world. Since partnering with him I'm back to endurance running, have diminished the symptoms of PTSD, work out 5 days a week and feel better at age 63 than I have in my entire life, mind, body and soul.

Two years ago I was blessed to begin a journey to reclaim my advantage and reclaim my life ... I am so excited for what's next!

To your health and wellness,

My latest book, 'Going the Distance: The Power of Endurance' is available on Amazon chronicling my journey to health and wellness as a survivor of paralytic polio and trauma and a woman who refused to quit!

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