Before starting massage therapy several years ago, I was a middle-aged former competitive athlete who was active in recreational sports and exercised several times per week. While I had stretched regularly and stayed in good shape, I suffered from from chronic stiffness and pain in my lower back. I also had occasional spasms which restricted my activities and required chiropractic treatment and rest.
At the urging of my wife, who had great success with massage therapy, and the suggestion of my chiropractor, I overcame my initial skepticism and made an appointment. Jim listened carefully to my history, issues and goals before beginning massage treatment. The results were immediate. I regained flexibility, my pain was significantly reduced and I felt like a new person.
In the past two years Jim has also helped me regain and maintain flexibility following two rotator cuff surgeries. His knowledge of anatomy and his approach of carefully tailoring therapy to each situation is a real strength. Beyond the hands-on therapy, Jim has suggested many useful tools such as foam rollers and targeted stretching techniques to maintain a high level of fitness at home. This combination has been a key to my long-term well being and keeping me “in the game.”
Ray - South Glastonbury
My experience with Jim Mangan as a massage therapist has been unique and rewarding. Jim has a special way about his approach, making it completely comfortable to receive the massage. He accomplishes this in many fashions:
1. He takes a holistic approach to conducting his needs analysis. While not being invasive, he is aware of and professionally addresses emotional, psychological, and spiritual issues and opportunities while attending to his primary physical work.
2. When he works on an area that requires special therapy, Jim clearly employs his knowledge about all the muscles, bones, ligaments, etc. and goes about working on bodily issues/points of concern in a very unique way. His expertise about the body allows him to target areas in a very comprehensive fashion, unlike any other massage therapist I have experienced.
3. Jim also is sensitive to the kind of massage a client might want, including the amount of pressure applied. He is careful to check with me on a regular basis to insure that I am comfortable and pain-free.
4. The other unique characteristic about Jim is his presence. He has an energy that is disarming, comfortable, and safe, creating an environment of trust and respect. He takes his work seriously, while having a soft and gentle way about him.
Jim also offers tips and suggestions regarding posture awareness/self-care and goals that would benefit the client. His coaching is customized to each individual, and he doesn't seem to tire of offering help verbally or through the use of massage therapy.
Overall, Jim's energy is aligned with his intention; to create an optimal healing environment and experience for each and every client. He has a caring, focused, and sincere approach to helping the client return to a state of comfort.
Having had appointments with several other massage therapists, I can say unequivocally that I have never experienced the rewarding, rejuvenating, and healing experience that get each time I see Jim. I am grateful for the work he does and the way he does it!
Anna T. East Hartford
I have been a client of Jim Mangan for years. I was referred to Jim by my Chiropractor. As I am a Divisional Sales Manager with responsibility for New England, I spend a significant amount of time in the car driving. Most of my issues are muscle related with pain in the neck, low back and legs due to the time I work at the Computer and Driving.
Jim does a great job of asking for the areas of concern and applies deep massage therapy on me to loosen up the muscles and take away the pain. Jim always suggests exercises and techniques for me to follow in between massages to be as pain free as possible.
In addition to having excellent Massage Therapy skills, Jim has many other great attributes. He is attentive to my body language during massage and is able to determine what level of pressure is needed without me saying a word. Jim has a great personality and I am very comfortable with Jim as my massage therapist. I would highly recommend Jim to anyone in need of a deep tissue massage.
Rich F. Glastonbury
My husband and I have been seeing Jim for many years. Not only is Jim a wonderful massage therapist, but he is also a terrific resource for one's journey to greater well being. He is knowledgeable about exercise, nutrition, stress reduction and refers clients to these professionals as needed to support their goals. We hope he never retires!
Patricia and Rolland C. Glastonbury
Thinking of you at this special time of the year and wanting you to know how much you are thought of.
You are a very special person who is passionate about helping others to heal themselves. Thank you so much for sharing your gifts of a perceptive awareness of the body and a sensitivity to the needs of others.
I will be eternally grateful to you for all the help you have given me, and now my husband Steve as well.
I am truly blessed to know you.
Barbara - Hebron, Ct.