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