Meet Jessica Tolliver, MMT, MMP, RYT

Hello!  My name is Jessica.  I am a very active mother of two.  I enjoy Hiking, Cycling, & Yoga. I believe in taking care of the mind, body & soul.

I self-trained in massage in my early 20's by reading books and practicing on friends.  Later I enrolled in Massage School at Touching America School Of Massage in 2014, so I could formally follow my passion.

My personal testimonial to Massage Therapy began a year before I enrolled in school. I had a knee injury which resulted in surgery. I went from a very active lifestyle to bed-ridden for a month.  Although I did my prescribed physical therapy, my muscles atrophied.

Once I got back on my feet, and was released to do so, I began the climb back into fitness.  This was met with great resistance from my body.  Nearly a year after the surgery I could barely walk, experiencing excruciating pain in my hip. This became almost debilitating.

I eventually consulted an orthopedic surgeon, who recommended a highly invasive surgery.  Determined to avoid the knife a second time, I consulted my fellow students and instructors at school. After a single deep tissue session I was nearly pain free.  After three, I was completely pain free.

I always believed massage was good for relaxation, improved circulation and overall well-being.  And now I know first-hand that it is also healing.

Although I am committed to continuing my studies into different modalities, I am primarily intuitive in my work. I listen to the client and I also listen to the body.  More times than not, the muscles will tell me what they need.

A lot of my work is based on Eastern Philosophy and I also back this up with Western science. I believe in finding a balance between the two. I bring positive energy, a variety of modalities and a strong knowledge of the anatomy to each session.

When the Arkansas Massage Board was absorbed by the Arkansas Department of Health in 2015, I was appointed to the Massage Therapy Technical Advisory Committee (MTTAC)  In 2018 I was reappointed for a second 3 year term and currently hold the position of Chairman .  It is this way I am able to help therapists throughout Arkansas improve our field.

In 2017, through advanced continuing education efforts, my license was upgraded to Master Massage Therapist, MMT. In 2017 I also received my MMP, Medical Massage Practitioner certification.  In 2019 I became a certified Yoga Instructor.

I teach community workshops around Arkansas in Stretching and Partnered Stretching because I believe self care is just as important as any other therapy.

I am an NCBTMB approved continuing education provider to other massage therapists. My mission is to raise the bar for Massage Therapy in Arkansas.