Experience

Abhyasa Massage

MY MASSAGE EXPERIENCE

Hello, my name is Ollie Tripp. I am the owner of Abhyasa Massage Therapy. It is great to meet you!

MY EXPERIENCE

Abhyasa Massage, Owner & Massage Therapist – April 2015 to Present

Rustic Inn Spa, Massage Therapist – July 2013 to Present

The Spa at the Lodge, Massage Therapist – July 2013 to Present

Four Seasons Resort and Spa, Massage Therapist – September 2011 to Present

MY EDUCATION

Cortiva Institute of Massage (1000 hr License) – Seattle, WA – 2010 

  • Deep tissue, Swedish, myofascial release, injury treatment, and sports massage. Auxillary training in cranial sacral, lymphatic facilitation, structural integration, and reflexology

International Thai Massage School – Chiang Mai, Thailand – 2014

Level One Certificate in Cupping – Sedona, Arizona – 2015

MY STORY

I grew up in Washington in a pretty typical suburb.  I wasn’t the most active kid but played basketball and baseball.  I spent most of my time indoors playing video games.  I started gaining weight seventh and eighth grade but really started to put on pounds when in high school.  I started playing football but was a lineman and being on the larger side of life was condoned if not encouraged.  I reached 240 lbs by the end of high school and moved onto college.  I joined a fraternity and spent most of my time partying and eating and ballooned right up.  I spent five years in college partying and when I finished I moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. And that’s where my transformation started.

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I started doing what we call just normal Jackson stuff.  I started hiking, jogging and mountain biking.  I was really slow at first and couldn’t make it that far but you have to start somewhere and at least I had made those first steps.  I plugged along for about 4 to five years with some ups and downs but had managed to lose a good amount of weight.  I started to fall in love with the mountains and all of the amazing activities that they provided.  Not only was the weight falling off but my self-consciousness was diminishing.

I didn’t know anything about Jackson Hole.  I just knew that I didn’t want to move back to the city just yet and deep down I believe I was ready for a big change.  I knew I had two friends there and that they would help me find a place to live and a job.  So, I packed up the few belongings I had and made the trek.  The people in Jackson were fit, really fit.  I had always felt subconscious about my weight, and it was amplified by the active community here in Jackson.  I became only a little more active in the first few months but then I stepped on a scale. I weighed 300 lb.  Not only had I become extremely self-conscious, but my weight had become very unhealthy.  I decided right then that it was time to make a change.

The entire time I was trying to physically better myself I had been working in a hotel.  My degree was in hospitality business management so I thought that hotel work was where I should be.  I had just paid thousands of dollars for this degree and I had better use it.  Looking back I know that I hated being in the back of the hotel.  The fluorescent lights were smothering me.  I probably knew this at the time but kept plugging away.  Something had to change.

My mom was a massage therapist and I remember when she was in school she would come home and practice on us. I remember how awesome it was and how much it helped make me feel better from the amount of damage sustained playing football. I don’t think that it was ever at the forefront of my mind, but looking back I think that I wanted to go into a field where I could help people like my mom.  Make them feel better, whether it helps with an injury, stress, or overworked muscles.  While working in the hotel not only was I not helping anyone except the shareholders of the hotel, I was making myself go crazy.  One day I decided that I have to quit, go to massage school and come back to Jackson.

I loved everything about massage school.  I feel very fortunate to have been able to go to as good of a massage school as I did.  The teachers were amazing and very knowledgeable.  After the one year program, I was hooked.  I graduated and immediately moved back to Jackson.  I got a job in a spa and continued to learn from some of the great therapists that worked there.  I wanted to continue to learn so I went to Thailand to learn Thai massage.  I also took specialized classes to better myself in the field.

The whole time I was learning massage I was bettering myself by exercising and learning to eat healthily.  I practiced yoga religiously which became one of my other passions.  I have recently completed my 300-hour yoga teacher training and am currently practicing to start teaching. 

Because of all the hard work and practice, I am the happiest I have ever been.  I feel a great sense of satisfaction and am constantly learning new techniques.  I am easily the healthiest I have ever been as well.  I firmly believe that we must constantly work on ourselves if we want to achieve our ideal selves.  I am happy with where I am at but will not stop putting in the effort to better myself.