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Meet Courtney Adams of Intention Massage and Bodywork in Bird Rock

Today we’d like to introduce you to Courtney Adams.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Courtney. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I determined that I wanted to pursue massage therapy as my career while I was in middle school! I was gifted a massage at my gym and knew it was what I wanted to do at 12 years old. During middle and high school, I chose fitness and wellness electives and spent most of my free time at the gym or library. I continued my education at Purdue University, earning my Bachelor’s degree focused on Health and Kinesiology (which is the study of the movements of the body). I pursued a fitness internship at one of the top-rated fitness spas in the world, The Golden Door Spa, where I was hired to stay on as a Massage Therapist (I attended massage therapy school while working part time at the Golden Door, helping out as Hike Staff, Greeter, and any other hat I could fit). It was a priceless experience to not only stay on property during the internship and live as a guest for the summer, but also to get started in massage therapy at such a prestigious resort. There were high expectations and we strived to excel beyond them. This created my professional “foundation.”

My journey included moving back to Indiana to be back with family, but returned to San Diego after realizing family can come to visit… I want to live in San Diego!

I’ve now been back, living and working in San Diego, for two years. Upon relocating in 2015, I opened Intention Massage and Bodywork. I’ve had a few office moves to maintain the best experience I can create… and we’ve landed in Bird Rock (coastal; north of Pacific Beach and south of La Jolla). It’s a beautiful office with a private relaxation lounge that opens into the ‘Ivy Room’ for massage sessions.

Has it been a smooth road?
It’s challenging to be very particular and detail-focused to create the experience I want for my clients. In the two years since starting Intention, my clients have followed me to six locations. SIX. Two moves were due to unannounced demo/renovations to offices connected to mine… that didn’t provide a timeline or set drilling/hammering hours– not ideal for relaxing (yet intense!) massage. My downtown office was not as secured as promised (locked entry at night, front desk receptionist never hired) and I promptly moved into a temporary office after the building had an armed robbery… while I was in session with a client. Having a client wrap herself in the sheet down on the ground until we were cleared as safe by the police (who were in standoff outside of my office door) wasn’t quite the relaxing environment I hoped to provide. Most recently, we just relocated to Bird Rock to settle in and stretch out. My clients and I are quite happy with the neighborhood and spacious, quiet office. I’d say exterior noise and trying to maintain a relaxing experience- from finding my location, parking, and exterior noise level during session are details that have provided challenge for me (a self-realized “control freak”).

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Intention Massage and Bodywork – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Overall, I’m doing what I truly love. Massage therapy and connecting with clients by decreasing pain, improving posture, and easing anxiety is a passion of mine that truly makes my career feel like a hobby. Knowing that this was my goal since middle school provided me a focal point for my studies. I have university-level knowledge of the muscular system and how to best technically resolve muscular imbalance through massage therapy.

Over the years, I’ve come to terms with being a type-A personality that has OCD tendencies. I take pride in efficiency, attention to detail, and welcome constructive feedback. Aspects of a massage therapy experience are often overlooked– so I like to pay close attention to what I would want out of an ideal massage when I go and receive… and applying that to my clients’ experience. I’m an outgoing introvert who prefers to connect with others in a one-on-one setting. Punctuality is huge, so I give myself extra time between clients so there isn’t a rushed feeling. Giving client’s a smooth experience by taking out any assumptions- like my doorbell system to let me know when he or she is fully under the sheet and draped before I walk in, instead of while he or she is undressing. It’s all in the details.

I take notes because I truly want our sessions to progress and for us to pick up where we last left off- while still checking in on any new goals.

Aside from the physical and emotional aspects of our sessions, I also recognize how much we all appreciate (and need) accountability. I’ve started providing accountability tracking to assist clients with improving their wellness and lifestyle to continue to progress towards being their best self.

Finally, it comes down to connection. When you come to see me for a session, it’s professional in that at its core, you’re compensating me for the best experience I can provide you during your set time of self-care. It’s personal, in that we can connect by both being mentally present for the bodywork, and you can share as much or as little about what’s going on in your life, confidentially, as you would like. You’re not just a client, neighbor or friend- you’re one of my Intention People… a tribe, community. And I’m thankful to have you in my life.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I’ve worked hard to relocate here and get settled in. It’s not the easiest to find and afford the neighborhood that is a solid ‘fit’, but there are so many different ‘bubbles’ to choose from. When I first relocated, I refused to confine myself to a bubble. I wanted to explore and get to know each of the areas of San Diego. There’s still SO MUCH to explore, but I’ve been able to acknowledge and love that most of my favorite activities fall within the bubble of Pacific Beach to La Jolla and am thrilled to call this area home. The best feeling? Leaving a vacation and coming home to a city I love more than any other city I’ve visited.

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Jeremy Schneider, Todd James

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