Holistic Journey serves community with massage and positive energy

The O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce joined owner Jennifer
Deschene as she opens her massage and wellness business, Holistic
Journey, on March 20. (Submitted Photo)

O’FALLON – Holistic Journey opened its doors in January and owner Jennifer Deschene is ready to serve the O’Fallon community with massage therapy and positive energy. 

Deschene first started her business out of her Belleville home in January 2010. At the same time, she was working as a contractor out of Scott Air Force Base. 

“After a year I was ready to transition into a store front,” Deschene said. “I started off in downtown on Main Street in Belleville.”

A few years passed and Deschene decided to close her store because of overhead costs and begin massage therapy school in Swansea. 

“That’s when it all came together for me,” she said. “I could use all of what I had learned from having this business that was promoting health and wellness and different complimentary therapies like reiki and put it altogether with massage.” 

Deschene said her business primarily centers around massage therapy with various techniques from Swedish to deep tissue and also what she likes to call “integrative.” 

“I love Myofascial release,” she said. “It is working with fascial to release restriction that has built up over a long period of time. It is also similar trigger point work.” 

Deschene’s love of body work came about after she sustained a hip injury during active duty.  

“My own personal experience has really guided my interest level and taking better care of myself has helped me understand the approach with other people that are dealing with pain and restriction of motion.”

Deschene entered the Army Reserves out of Belleville in 1998, having been activated right after September 11, 2001. Her injury occurred during a stateside activation to Virginia where she was a transportation coordinator. It was there that she tore cartilage in her hip while carrying heavy equipment on her back, an event that led to chronic back pain. 

“Unfortunately, the military didn’t find it and diagnose it,” she said of her injury. “I had to find out backwards many years later.” 

Deschene said she turned to massage therapy and reiki for relief. 

“It wasn’t one of those things that became very regular for me until 2006 but I did try it and reiki,” she said. 

Deschene described reiki as working with the energy system of the body. “It’s very subtle but it can have a calming effect.” 

Reiki, a form of alternative medicine, also promotes oxygenation of the tissue and is complementary of massage therapy. 

Deschene said she moved herself and her son to O’Fallon in part due to the school system. She worked in a chiropractor’s office while steadily growing clientele for her business. 

After finally opening her business in January, Deschene said she joined the O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce. 

While Holistic Journey primarily focuses on massage, she also plans on offering reiki classes where people can learn to do it for themselves. She also plans on offering guided meditation classes. 

Deschene said an ideal client at Holistic Journey is “pretty much anybody that wants to take care of themselves a little bit better.” 

“I do like to see people that are willing to really improve their lives and their health and wellness overall,” she said. 

For more information about her services and classes, visit https://www.facebook.com/HolisticJourney9/.

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