Yes! There is Yoga Class Monday, 10/12

Just a quick reminder that there IS Yoga class tomorrow, Monday, October 12 (known in some parts as Columbus Day, but also known here as Yes-There-Is-Monday-Yoga Day).

4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. 

Peaceful Hands Yoga

228 Warren Street, Orange, Virginia

And, don’t forget … you have ’til Friday to bid on all sorts of goodies that the Wildlife Center of Virginia will be auctioning off next Saturday. My 90-minute hot stone massage is just one sweet item waiting for your bid.

Gnome with a StoneMy hot stones are goofing off today. But, your Wildlife Center bid could help get them back to work!

Check out my massage, my “Yoga In A Basket”, a few other sweet things, and find out how to bid — and help the Wildlife Center of Virginia in their amazing work to save wild lives — by clicking here.

Thank you for helping the animals … and, I hope to see you on the mat this week!

Blissful Hot Stone Massage & “Yoga In A Basket” ~ Help The Wildlife Center!

The Wildlife Center of Virginia Gala is Saturday, October 17!  This annual event is one of the most important ways that the Center raises money to support their wonderful work saving wildlife.

Wildlife Center Gala 2015

The Wildlife Center cares for thousands of wild animals each year – from hummingbirds to bear cubs, from bunnies to bald eagles, from turtles to … oh, you get the idea. They do amazing things!

(Have you watched their Bear Cub cam lately? You should!)

2015SBBearComplexSixBears 6-16-15As part of their annual Gala they have a silent and live Auction and you can bid … even if you can’t attend the event.

Lots of cool items are available – all donated by businesses, artists, and other nice folks. There’s handcrafted jewelry and quilts, beautiful original artwork, tickets to local events, vacation outings, and unique sports and music memorabilia.

You can see a selection of items that you can bid on here.

I’ve got a couple things I hope you’ll consider.

A 90-MINUTE BLISSFUL PEACEFUL HANDS HOT STONE MASSAGE at my Madison, Virginia Studio. My hot stones are sweet as can be. They’ll melt your tight muscles and take you to your happy place. You really should meet them!

As one of my clients wrote in a Facebook review:

“I recently had my first hot stone massage with Jackie and I must say, it was amazing!! I have been going to Jackie for her regular massages for quite some time and decided to treat myself after the holidays. I was not disappointed. The blend of the oils, hot stones, and Jackie’s wonderful hands, left me in total bliss! I would recommend the experience … at least once … but I bet you’ll go back for more. I know I have my next one scheduled already.”

“PEACEFUL HANDS YOGA IN A BASKET” includes “yoga-riffic” treats to help you start, or expand, your home Yoga practice. You’ll find six Yoga DVDs of instruction, practices, and relaxation; two music CDs that are perfect inspiration for your practice or, really, for any part of your day; and a few other Yoga-inspired goodies.  Just add one Yoga mat and one You … and you’re ready to go!

Peaceful Hands Yoga Basket Gala

SONGBIRD PAINTINGS. Local artist Debbie Hunt painted a series of four beautiful songbird paintings — Tufted Titmouse, Chickadee, Eastern Bluebird, and White-Breasted Nuthatch — exclusively for the Gala.

Hunt Gala

Here’s an up-close of her Tufted Titmouse:

Debbie Hunt Titmouse Painting Gala

Each painting is 8”x 8” and is being auctioned separately. Bid on one or the whole set. Debbie is an artist on the rise, so start your collection now.

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Hawk walks, African safaris, private concerts, bourbon tastings, baseball tickets … there’s all sorts of sweetness available. (I did mention the 90-minute hot stone massage, didn’t I?)

For my Baseball Bloggess run-down on some awesome baseball, UVa, and rock and roll items click here.

Treat yourself (you deserve it), do your holiday shopping, or surprise a friend with a “no-occasion” gift.

Not nearby? No problem — shipping can be arranged.

If you have questions or are ready to bids email

The deadline for absentee bids is Friday, October 16, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern.

Bidding info can be found here.

Bid generously. Make a difference. Save a wild animal’s life.

Thank you!



Massage & Yoga In Central Virginia

Someday … Someday soon … Someday soon-ish … I will migrate my websites into one, and you will find everything here.

In the meantime, here are the links to find my massage and Yoga information and schedules.

Peaceful Hands Massage & Yoga

Peacefully located in Central Virginia since 2002


Massage Therapy in downtown Madison, Virginia

Tuesdays through Fridays, Every Other Saturday

For information on my massage studio, click here.

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Yoga Classes in Orange, Virginia

Weekly Classes for Beginners on Up.

Private Sessions, Workshops, & More!

For info on Yoga and the latest schedules, click here.

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And, if you’re looking for my baseball blog … Click here for The Baseball Bloggess.



I hope to see you soon!

Madison Yoga: Changes For 2013

“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change.”  ~ C. Joybell C. (author)

After 10 years, this month is my last teaching Yoga on Mondays in Madison. I am so blessed to have had the chance to share Yoga in Madison with so many inspiring and wonderful people for so many years.

Thank you for sharing your Yoga with me and enriching my Mondays!

My last class in Madison at Wetsel Middle School will be Monday, December 10. (Classes at 4:00 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.)

But, don’t pack your mat away just yet!

Monday classes will continue … in Orange at my new Peaceful Hands Studio 228 Warren Street in Orange.  Classes there are Mondays AND Wednesdays at 4:30 and 6:00 p.m.

For the latest schedules click here.

My massage studio remains in Madison … and stay tuned … because lots of exciting Yoga news will continue to unfold in Orange.  I’ll post all those updates soon!

Oh, so much to do!

Thank You!

‎Ten years ago, on October 9, 2002, I passed my national certification exam and became a massage therapist.

The exam was at a testing facility just outside of Richmond. On the drive home, I got a call from a person with deep and unrelenting hip pain. I did my first massage as a Certified Therapist later that afternoon. (That the client never came back was a little disappointing, but I did my best.)

Ten years is such a long-short time!

When I graduated from massage school I was asked to give the commencement address.  I shared these words:

“The noted natualist and poet Diane Ackerman once wrote, ‘Touch seems to be as essential as sunlight.’ How lucky we are to have found a way to share this most basic — and healthful — gift with others. May we all create a healing touch that will, in its small way, give peace and comfort to this world.”

Ten years ago, I had no idea if this would be a career or a hobby.  If my work as a massage therapist would last one week, one month, one year … or just one client.  But, you had faith in me. You helped me learn. You allowed me to explore. You allowed me to work my way through your aches and pains.

The National Certification Board made me “CERTIFIED.”  YOU made me a THERAPIST.

I want to thank each of you who put your trust and faith in me, who enrich and inspire me in many, many ways, and who teach me so much about living a healthy and rewarding life.

I am so grateful for all you have given me … here’s to another 10!

If you’d like to visit my massage website … here it is:

One day, I will figure out a way to merge this Yoga blog and my massage website into a single place.  Sometime.  In the next 10 years.

Blissful Massage & "Peaceful Massage In A Basket" ~ Bid Today!

The Wildlife Center of Virginia Annual Gala is Saturday, November 5!  It’s one of the most important ways that the Center raises money for their wonderful work saving wildlife.

They have a wonderful Auction planned and you can bid too … even if you can’t attend the event.

This year, I am happy to offer a 90-minute Blissful Hot Stone Massage at my Madison Studio at the auction.

AND … I also have put together a “Peaceful Massage In A Basket” with all sorts of soothing, relaxing treats. 

Nearly 20 items are in my basket … including, a bottle of my own hand-blended Ayurvedic Balancing massage oil!  Also included is a Relaxation DVD and book, a set of ooh-ahh-wonderful mini massage balls, Chakra Tea (by Stash), lavender water, original “Happy Inspiration” art by Vermont Artist Ginny Sassaman, arnica, calendula lotion, bath salts, tea tree oil, and a bunch of other soothing things. 

Here’s a photo of just some of the goodies in my “Peaceful Massage In A Basket”.  And, the basket is “Yogi The Cat” approved.  No, Yogi doesn’t come with the basket … but I can add a photo of him if you like!

I’d be happy to arrange shipping to you if you’re the lucky bidder on this basket and live out of the area.

But wait … there’s more …

Nearly 180 terrific items are up for auction at the Wildlife Center Gala this year.  Handmade jewelry, framed original art and gorgeous photographs, sporting and entertainment tickets, vacation outings, and lots of items from local artists and businesses.  Just click here to see all that you can bid on: Wildlife Center Gala Auction.

Bidding online is easy … just email your bid to by Friday, November 4 at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). 

Treat yourself … or get some holiday shopping done.  Most important, your support will help the Wildlife Center of Virginia.  You can help save a wild animal’s life!

If you have questions or need more info … contact or email me directly at

Peaceful (and Healthy) Gift Ideas!

I go back and forth on the issue of holiday gifts. After all, is it really necessary to buy something for someone as a way to tell them we care for them? And, is it really necessary to expend so much time and energy every December prowling in shopping malls in search of a “perfect” gift? I heard a radio story the other day that said that more than half of holiday gifts are eventually re-gifted or quickly discarded.

Still, I appreciate this time of year, because it may be one of the few times we really reflect on, and show gratitude for, those people who enrich and cheer our lives.

But, in the interest of stress relief, I’d like to suggest four gifts that promote peace and good health … as well as save a stressful trip to the mall. (And, these gifts are far more likely to be used and enjoyed!)

1) A Gift Certificate for a Peaceful Massage. Give a holiday gift certificate that will look beautiful just wrapped in a bow and tucked under the tree. And, it will be even better when your loved one comes to my Madison studio to redeem that certificate for a soothing massage session or hot stone treatment. One-hour, 90-minute, and 30-minute sessions are available. Call me at 540-672-9528 or email me at peacefulhands (at) to order your gifts or for pricing and other info. If you’re in the area, I will happily hand-deliver the gift certificate to you, so you’ll have it in plenty of time for the holidays … or I can drop it in the mail to you. My gift certificates never expire, but I am pleased to report that more than 90% of my gift certificates are redeemed within a year.

2) Or … give a Yoga Gift Certificate for a session of yoga in Madison or Orange or a very special private session. This is a unique and fun gift for a loved one. Just contact me by email at peaceful hands (at) or at 540-672-9528 for more information.

3) Or … consider a very special Ayurvedic Counseling Gift Certificate. Ayurveda is the ancient medical science of Asia. As an Ayurvedic Health and Lifestyle Counselor, I’ll work closely with your loved one or friend to diagnose their natural biologic “Dosha” makeup — the energy of their physical and emotional body that makes them unique. Using that information, I offer a personalized strategy — comprised of diet, exercise, and lifestyle activities — that best suits their biologic makeup and will help them best achieve their personal health goals.

My Ayurvedic Counseling Package includes two consultations (on-site or via phone/email) and a detailed written report that can help guide your gift recipient toward a more nourishing diet, more effective exercise, more beneficial lifestyle choices … and a healthier life. (Follow up sessions are also available.) Again, just contact me at peacefulhands (at) or by phone at 540-672-9528 for additional information.

For more information and basic pricing information for my gift certificates visit: Peaceful Hands: Services & Rates

4) Adopt A Wild Animal. Support the health and well-being of a special wild creature. The Wildlife Center of Virginia, a wonderful organization and one of the nation’s premier wildlife hospitals, offers special “Caring For Critters” adoption gift kits that provide food and care for its education animals. You can adopt a possum, a bald eagle, a screech owl, and a number of other non-releasable animals that call the Center home. You’ll get a sweet little “adoption kit” to wrap and place under the tree. (You can also add cute wild animal fuzzy puppets to your adoption kit … another great stocking stuffer!) For information, visit The Wildlife Center of Virginia and click on the “Caring For Critters” link at the bottom of the page.

I hope these ideas save you a trip to the mall … so you can spend that time with those you love.

Bid For A Massage From Me At The Wildlife Center’s Silent Auction!

The Wildlife Center of Virginia’s Annual Gala and Auction is coming up this Saturday, November 6. This is one of their most important fundraising events of the year.

One of the many great offered for their silent auction is …

A Blissful 90-Minute Hot Stone Massage

… donated by me! You can help the Center … and treat yourself to a soothing massage by making an absentee bid this week.

Preview all the cool items that are being offered at:

To place an absentee bid on my massage, or any of the items, email: by Friday afternoon (3 p.m., November 5) and they will take your bid.

My 90-minute hot stone massage retails at $80; starting bid for the auction is $30. And, of course, the highest bid will win. You never know … you could snag a great deal … and help the owls and possums and turtles, too!

Peaceful Hands’ New Massage Website

Finally, I have an easy way for you to find information about the massage and Ayurvedic arms of my Peaceful Hands Massage & Yoga practice.

My massage and Ayurvedic work seem to always get lost amidst all the yoga class juggling and posting on this blog.

So now, to learn more about my massage practice (and to set up an appointment), visit me online at:

You’ll find my office days/hours, rates, location, and lots of details about my background and my massage technique specialties.

There’s also a quick “Contact Jackie” form that allows you to ask questions, set up appointments, and purchase gift certificates quickly and easily.

I’ve also put the link to the site on this blog’s right hand column, under (what else?) “Links”.

I hope you’ll visit:

And, thank you all for your continuing patronage and referrals — your kind endorsements about my practice are the best advertising of all!

Ahhh … Massage!

Is it time to ease out some old 2oo8 aches and pains? Ease stiff joints & muscles? Soothe the mind? Or relax from the stress of the world? Perhaps a massage can help.

I’m a Certified Massage Therapist, in practice since 2002. My specialties include Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Therapy, Myofascial Release, Ayurvedic Massage, and Hot Stones. Most often I blend these techniques to create a unique therapy that is specially tailored to the specific needs of my client. I blend my own natural oils using Ayurvedic techniques and my hot stones are cared for and used based on ancient Ayurvedic practices.

LOCATION: My studio is in downtown Madison, Virginia — one block off of Main Street at 108 Schoolhouse Road, in the Perl Bldg. My studio is Suite 102-D (upstairs).

HOURS: I offer massage Tuesdays thru Fridays, and every other Saturday (basically whenever I’m not teaching yoga). I’m happy to try to work around your schedule, if you need to come in before or after work.

One Hour — $55 (add $10 for hot stones)
90 Min — $75 (add $10 for hot stones)
30 Min — $35
Cash/Checks only, please. No credit cards.

I’m happy to answer any questions about my massage and how it might help your specific conditions or needs. You may email me at peacefulhands (at) or call me at 540-672-9528. Thank you!