Floating on Air
Massage has become this woman's passport to pain-free
HOURS IN UNCOMFORTABLE plane seats. Driving
unfamiliar cars. Sleeping in hotel beds. That's the life of Jillian
Vail of Ocoee, Fla. Yes, she enjoys selling all-natural French
pastries, but covering 30 states and being on the road for 45 to 48
weeks a year took their toll on her shoulders and back.
She tried different medications-painkillers,
anti-inflammatories, even medications for arthritis-plus heat and
ice at home and chiropractic care, too.
"It ran the gamut," the 44-year-old says. " The only thing that
really helped was taking it easy, but in today's world, that's just
not possible anymore."
That's when she discovered there was another option: deep-tissue
"I was in Texas, and my back was killing me. I just wanted to
get a massage," she says. "It was about 6 p.m., and I called a
bunch of spas, but they were all closed."
When she went to the local grocery store to pick up dinner, she
saw a Massage Envy in the same shopping center. Jillian walked in
and discovered how much better massage made her feel, and when she
learned that Massage Envy had locations throughout the country-in
many of the areas she travels to for work-she and her husband
With regular deep-tissue massages
massages, Jillian has seen the tension and pain in her
shoulders and back dissipate.
"I'm not on painkillers or anti-inflammatories anymore," she
says. And even though her life is hard to schedule, she remains
committed to regular massages.
"Massage relaxes me mentally and physically," Jillian says.
"It's something I couldn't live without. We've cut back in various
ways, but this is one thing we won't cut back on."
-By Stephanie R. Conner