Being part of a family massage therapy business, I grew up around many therapists: Family, Students, and Experienced Teachers. As a result, I began receiving
massage at a very young age. Little did I know that my brain was being imprinted with great knowledge with every massage I received! This was the beginning of my training!
My family business began with my mother (now 91 years old). She was a pioneer in bringing massage therapy out of the darkness and into the light in Phoenix many years ago. After becoming a massage therapist herself, she opened the first fully accredited massage college in Phoenix at the time: The Phoenix Therapeutic Massage College (later sold). Two subsidiary companies followed: A therapeutic clinic, and an on call massage service, which supplied therapists to most of the high quality resorts in the Valley for many years.
We were established as being a forerunner in the industry at the time. Our strong commitment to establish higher standards and laws, has helped
evolve the massage industry into what it is known to be today: A highly respected and sought after preventative/alternative health care modality.
My Journey Into Massage Therapy:
Prior to 1988, I worked in accounting/bookkeeping for many years. My last employer was a local General Contractor, where I was a full charge bookkeeper, responsible for all phases of construction accounting, payroll, and preparations for CPA's.
With a downturn in the economy, this company went out of business, and my life changed. But, that put me on an entirely different pathway...
I went to massage college, and graduated from The Phoenix Therapeutic Massage College in 1989. I immediately began my career at The Village Tennis Club (now The Village Racquet & Health Club), where I was an Independent Contractor, Lead Therapist, and the Operations Manager through October 2002.
With a change in ownership, I became a part-time employee of DMB Sports Clubs and The Village Racquet & Health Club from October 2002-November 2006.
Some time was spent working with Dr. Alan Abromovitz MD (Pain Specialist). Part of his success in treating chronic pain patients, was due to including 3 massages per week into their treatment protocol. It was a rewarding experience to see how much they improved with massage!
A Touch of Balance Massage for Health began part time in 2002, and went full time in 2006. My business has become what I have envisioned it to be. My commitment is to provide the highest quality massage therapy and accommodations to my clients, along with affordable pricing.
I have been in consistent practice for 30 years, and I'm still going strong!
Establishing this many years in the massage industry doesn't come easy, but I'm not not even close to burning out! In fact, I am stronger than ever before! As of 2019, I have counted 82,000 hours of hands on experience!
Most of my progression and growth has not been learned in a classroom, but by working, experiencing, and being with so many different elements that have come my way as a long time massage therapist.
This is a field where one never stops learning, growing, and progressing. I engage in regular continuing education and I'm always doing some sort of self education associated with bodywork and healing.
My strong body, mind and spirit have allowed me to do a lot of hard physical work. With a lot of determination and gratitude, I strive to be my best, and I am committed to becoming even better with each passing year, so that I can pass it all along to you!
Jan Jakubowski, LMT.
Providing Quality Massage Therapy in Scottsdale and Phoenix since 1989!