My name is Bambi Hill and I am a licensed Massage Therapist. I graduated in December 2015 from Professional Massage Training Center in Springfield Missouri. The education I received during the intensive 900-hour course was arguably one of the best educations available in this area for massage therapists. I say this because PMTC not only taught us Swedish massage but several different massage modalities from Body Wraps as a detox or just a relaxing skin treatment, to Hot Stone and Thai Massage. PMTC taught us massage techniques but also had a major focus on neuromuscular treatment, helping us as therapists to better understand how to isolate specific muscles and treat specific symptoms in order to alleviate pain and increase range of motion in target areas if needed during treatment.

Prior to going back to school, I worked for Jack Henry & Associates for 13 years as an Administrative Assistant to the GM of Internet Solutions. I was blessed to work with many amazing people through the years, but it was my boss the last several years with the company that I have to thank most for being an unknowing part in how I came to find my purpose. To say I had the best boss a girl could ask for is an understatement. I learned so much working side by side with him and his wife. Intelligent, kind, understanding and honest, He made it easy to love my job because he always let me know how thankful he was to have me and I felt like I made a difference. I became a better person, a better employee, because of it. My daily routine was simply to help insure everything on his calendar ran as smoothly as possible, tackle mundane tasks to free up his time to focus on bigger issues, and alleviate as much stress as possible every day.

After my boss retired one spring, I took a different position within the company. This position was mostly based from home, which was wonderful, in the beginning. My position no longer allowed me to focus on one person but numerous people in several large groups. Over time I realized I just wasn’t happy anymore and finally I realized why. I was no longer making much of a difference in anyone’s day or TRULY helping any one part of the business aside from taking notes, typing minutes and scheduling meetings. I no longer looked forward to working every day and I knew it was time to evaluate the situation and get to the core of my unhappiness. I realized that I missed face to face human interaction, I missed taking care of someone, I missed helping and I missed knowing I had made a difference at the end of the day. With some deep soul searching, several pros and cons lists, and a college application later, I realized my purpose was to to help other people in some way. That was when I was happiest, that was when I was the best employee I could be, and I began my search to find a new path. It was difficult to find an entirely new profession that would allow me to help the way I wanted while also giving me that same joy at the end of the day. I found myself ready to go back to school, but had no idea what I wanted to accomplish, knowing only that it was time to leave the corporate world and see where a new path would take me.

After I left JHA, I traveled for a month off and on, just me and my little dog. I hadn’t had more than a week at a time off of work since I was 15 years old. I needed to center myself and really soul search in order to find direction along the way, and that is exactly what I did. I had requested information from a few schools about various careers that would have fit my need to help people, to be a caretaker of sorts and also fit some of my values as a person, but nothing jumped out immediately. One afternoon while visiting Eureka Springs, I decided to treat myself to a relaxation massage. By the end of my session, I was not only relaxed, but my massage therapist had answered every one of my curious questions to her. I knew exactly which school I was going to apply to and why.

I was accepted into the program at PMTC the following Monday and the rest is history.

I decided to open my own business, Just B, Massage & Bodywork, with the intention of working for myself so that I could focus on the client and their overall wellness, both in-session and hopefully in their day to day activities as well.  Being able to make my own schedule was important to me as it allowed me to work when it is convenient for my clients rather than forcing them to work around my schedule.

A scary choice, but the only one for me considering I believe that “It is all about the client.” When I say the client comes first, I mean it and that is why I will only be seeing 6 clients a day, maximum in order to be sure each client gets the best treatment that I can deliver and assure each person gets very personalized treatment. I prefer to take a few minutes before and after each session with my clients in order to discuss the day’s treatment prior to the massage and also after the session. I do this to get feedback and accurately adjust for the next appointment, if needed. I work hard to truly listen, evaluate and understand my clients in order ensure the best quality treatment for the well-being of the client and to continue becoming the best therapist I can be. My promise is to ensure that my clients, regardless of the purpose of our visit, leave the table better than they came in and are able to fully experience the benefits massage can have on your body both internally and externally within the mind/body connection. When done correctly, the benefits are not only physical but mental. Massage is not just for relaxation, though that seems to be the notion for a lot of people. Regular massage is proven to:

  • Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
  • Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
  • Ease medication dependence.
  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.
  • Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
  • Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
  • Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
  • Increase joint flexibility.
  • Lessen depression and anxiety.
  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
  • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
  • Reduce post-surgery adhesions and swelling.
  • Reduce spasms and cramping.
  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
  • Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
  • Relieve migraine pain.

“Do what you love and you never work a day in your life.” I finally understand this saying and fully agree with it. If you don’t believe me, come in and see for yourself. My long term goal with Just B Massage & Bodywork is to focus on the client and only the client. I want to assist each individual on their own personal goals whether they are pain management, relaxation, or just a spa day and an hour or two away from reality.  If you aren’t happy with your massage, I will pay for you to pick a service from another therapist in my building to help you find a treatment that is right for you. It is a win/win situation and you have nothing to lose.

Because I am focused on the wellness of the community as a whole, I am currently working with my business partner to build a kind of ‘Wellness Center.’ The long term goal is to eventually have each office in our building filled with healers, light workers, therapists and a few beauty treatment options, varying from waxing and hair removal to permanent makeup and even facial treatments, allowing us to cater to the health and beauty of the body both inside and out. My goal is for a person to come in for a massage and have the opportunity to simply go into the next room after the session and have the option to take advantage of the many other services available in our building all in the same day.

I am excited to be on this new path in life and I look forward to growing my business here in Springfield, and the surrounding areas, while helping my clients feel good and maintain a healthy lifestyle. I hope you will come in and give me a chance to prove to you that I have what it takes to be your massage therapist.