The Hunter Massage Clinic opened in 2010, offering unique and specialized massage treatment that breaks the cycle of pain. South Florida locals and people from around the country come to beautiful Jupiter, Florida, to help their bodies return home to optimal tone. We’d love to help you, too.
The Hunter Massage mission is to provide an effective, alternative pain relief treatment to those who are suffering and get them enjoying life again. Our best evangelists are our clients, who create an ever expanding circle of healing as they passionately share their success stories with friends and loved ones. Hunter Massage is much more than massage; it’s a movement! Do you Hunter?
CLINIC OWNER / DEVELOPER OF THE HUNTER MASSAGE METHOD / MUSCLE EXPERT
When people talk about Stephanie Hunter they use phrases like “miracle worker” and “healer.” While humbled by these accolades, she sees herself as a hard-working massage therapist whose tireless pursuit to better understand muscles, nerves, and the brain led her to develop the Hunter Massage Method.
As a competitive athlete growing up, Hunter was happiest when in motion. Excelling at gymnastics and other sports, inevitably injuries happened — falls, sprains, herniated discs, plantar fasciitis, sciatica and soreness. Hunter’s coaches followed the standard injury protocol: stretch, heat, ice, rest, anti-inflammatories, and if all else fails, train through the pain. Then Advil use morphed into opioid use. Car accidents and concussions escalated her injuries and her chronic pain took away the joy of moving. Her life went very dark as she fell into a deep depression. She felt like her life had no meaning. During this time her mother bravely battled cancer. After Hunter hit rock bottom in her early 20’s, she “came to” and began a new life.
Then her mom died at the young age of 51. Hunter felt such gut-wrenching guilt and remorse for not being there for her mom through her illness. She felt beyond useless and angry that her mother died so young and suffered so much. Hunter decided to turn all that pain and despair around by becoming a useful member of society and a woman to make her mother proud. Her college background was in Japanese Language & Literature. But when she dug deep in her heart she realized she was not wired for a traditional career or climbing the corporate ladder. She learned firsthand that all the riches in the world don’t matter when you are hurting. So, with the hopes of helping other people and herself get out of pain naturally, Hunter ventured to the Boulder School of Massage in 1992. Once there, she knew instantly that she had found her calling.
So today in mid-life, with over 35,000 massage treatments to her credit, she is still happiest in motion. In a field where the average therapist burns out in five years, Hunter feels more energized and healthier now than she did decades ago. She spends her days working with clients, training therapists, traveling for speaking engagements, writing and growing her business. Her reinvention of massage for significant pain relief has helped thousands regain their lives. She feels extremely grateful that she can use her God-given gifts to make a positive difference in the world and has tremendous empathy for anyone who is hurting and needs help.
The Hunter Team
CLINIC ASSISTANT MANAGER
Originally from the Catskill Mountains in NY, Helen moved to Florida in 1982. Married, one daughter & 3 Grandchildren. Worked as an Administrative assistant for a local Realtor for about 10 years & decided to go get her own license. She is presently a licensed Real Estate agent. As a past and current client of Hunter Massage Clinic. Helen knows first hand the what she calls “the miracles ” that happen here. Having had a frozen shoulder and could not lift her arm to eat, wash her hair etc. She experienced first hand the benefit of the Hunter Massage Method & to be pain free and avoid surgery. Helen is so excited to be a part of The Hunter Massage team as our assistant manager, knowing that through her own story, she has the compassion, personal experience and first hand knowledge to be an asset to clients and the Hunter team.
Originally from Winston-Salem, NC, Alyssa Emerson believes that tight muscles shouldn’t keep people from getting the most out of their lives. Alyssa has trained under the tutelage of Stephanie Hunter and is a recent graduate of the Hunter Massge Method Training Program but has a wide variety of massage experience. Alyssa considers anatomical and physical education as pivotal to being a successful massage therapist. However, she thinks intuition and an open mind are also indispensable to her technique.
Her approach to caring for her clients is understanding what their goals are (whether it is returning to their favorite sport or simply sleeping through the night without pain) and finding her role in helping them achieve those goals. She trusts that every BODY is different, so every massage is, too.
A native of Ontario, Canada, Nicole (Nikki) Schadt has always had a desire to help others and is committed to helping her clients get better and moving again. She graduated with an Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy Assistant diploma in 2005, then worked as a Physical Therapist Assistant alongside physical therapists, chiropractors, massage therapists and both conventional and naturopathic doctors at a multidisciplinary clinic. This experience gave her exposure to a wide variety of different approaches and techniques. In 2013, she graduated from a 2,200-hour Massage Therapy program at the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in Cambridge, Ontario.
Nikki ran a practice in her hometown in Canada before deciding to move to Jupiter, Florida in 2015, where she was one of the first massage therapists to be certified in Stephanie Hunter’s Hunter Massage Method. With her extensive physical rehabilitation knowledge and her intuitive touch, she is able to quickly and effectively get her clients out of pain, often with significant results in as little as three sessions.
Born and raised in Jupiter, Florida, Michaela is Hunter Massage Clinic’s Manager. She studied massage therapy at Palm Beach Academy of Health and Beauty before attending Palm Beach State College. After college, she worked in the addiction treatment field as a Behavioral Health Technician, case manager, admissions coordinator, and office manager. Her skills in organizing, computer, and communication made her decide to move into office management full-time. Michaela is extremely grateful to be part of the team at Hunter Massage Clinic and to be part of its movement to help others heal and become pain-free. She is married and proud fur mom to her dogs Dre and Mia.
Hunter Massage Method Treatment
$425/Series of 5 ($85/each)
Hunter Massage Method is a results-focused, interactive, intuitive massage that changes muscle memory for significant lasting relief from common pain, movement and balance problems like Sciatica, Frozen Shoulder, Vertigo, Plantar Fasciitis, Migraines, Neuropathy, Pain conditions, and more.
Developed by Stephanie Hunter, this method combines interactive movement, energy work, myofascial patterns, mind-body processes, and trigger point work along nerve pathways based off of a visual and kinesthetic postural evaluation.
See FAQ for more details.
Hunter Massage Method Evaluation
Hunter Massage Method Evaluation is required for receiving treatment work to make sure that we get to the root of the problem and not the compensation. It entails full postural evaluation, muscles testing, palpation, detailed intake, and pre-treatment photos/video.
Hunter Dog Massage
$425/Series of 5 ($85/each)
Does insurance cover my massage treatments?
How did my muscles get "tight"?
1. Falls, slips, accidents, and bumps
When you fall, slip, trip, or bump, the body senses that something bad just happened. When you stand up to gravity, you check for broken bones, bruises, and to make sure everything is still attached, then you brush it off and go about your life. But sometimes days or months after a “fender bender,” you notice you can’t turn your head. This in turn leads to sensations in the hand. The original problem was “tight muscles,” so that is what needs therapy.
2. Static stretching
The body is not Play-Doh. When muscles are stretched past the point the nervous system tells them is appropriate, it will send a signal to contract. We all have our own unique flexibility. Some people are bendier than others. Bendier is not healthier – we don’t need to compare ourselves to others in yoga class, we just need to accept our genetic make-up. Flexibility cannot be changed very much by pushing, pummeling, rolling and pressing. We have to respect our bodies’ natural ability so we do not we injure ourselves. Dynamic stretching and using gentle movement is much more effective and doesn’t cause injury.
2. Before & after surgeries: limping, leaning, gimping
This is a common cause for the body to get tight. For example, when you are waiting on getting a knee replaced, you put all of your weight on the other leg. This causes muscle tightness. After surgery and physical therapy are successfully completed, massage sessions have proven to be very helpful for many clients.
4. Holding one position for too long: sleeping, watching TV, driving, sitting, looking at the TV or computer
This is a common way for muscles to get tight. Waking up with a stiff neck that won’t turn or a headache could be an indication that the head was in a weird position during the night. We call this “bed neck.” There is also “tech neck” after hours and hours gazing into the computer, “car butt,” “airplane ass,” “and bucket seat back”…you get the idea.
5. Exercising when your body doesn’t want to, or not letting the body enough time to heal between activities
Exercising is great. Our muscles prefer movement any day over sitting still, but if the body is really tired and we make it do more than it wants to, it often rebels by tightening up to protect itself. Also, if it doesn’t have enough healing time in between sessions, it is not happy. Athletes know this, because increasing the body’s ability to heal is the basis for athleticism. Some of the most suffering people I know are the ones who have methodically tormented their bodies with running five miles every day until they have a hard time walking around their houses without debilitating pain.
How is a Hunter Massage Method treatment different than more traditional massage? What are some things that I can expect?
- The client is dressed in comfortable clothing so that they can move easily during session. Yoga, workout, or just leisure clothing is best; narrow skirts, thick jeans or dresses are not good.
- The client and therapist work together with interactive movement to create change to the muscle memory. It is not a relaxing massage.
- Pressure feels deep, sometimes even painful, but it is actually light. The touch is very specific and connects to muscle fibers and fasciae so at times feels intense. However, the touch is always adapted to the preference, conditions, tolerance, and age of the individual.
- Treatment is based on the entire body and doesn’t just target where the person hurts. We base our work over a visual and kinesthetic evaluation of posture, and movement videos. We often say we are not trying to dig out a “chicklet” in your muscle tissue or remove a “bayonette” from the body. It is about getting the entire body in a relaxed, neutral posture which sometimes means working on an area the you don’t hurt to get something else balanced.
- Treatment is about 30 minutes.
- Breath work, and mind-body principles are used to get the nervous system out of “fight and flight” and into “rest and digest” because in this state in which you heal. If you are being chased by a bear in the woods your body is not interested in healing your hamstrings.
- Self-treatment massage is taught to proactive clients to address more stubborn muscles.
- Photo, video and written testimonials are done throughout sessions to keep track of progress. Our goal is to get people better quickly so that we can help more people. We methodically track information so that we have visual and written materials for each client’s success story. This documentation creates a library to show future clients the effectiveness of the method.
Do you have to be a massage therapist to get become certified in Hunter Massage Method? Are there classes for continuing education ? (CEU’s) What do I have to do if I’m interested in becoming a Hunter Massage Method Practitioner?
What is a typical client? Are there any similarities between clients?
- Overall healthy, but have some tight muscles
- Active – they enjoy moving and are unhappy if their muscles don’t allow them to do what they want to do.
- Impatient and want results quickly. They have no time to sit on the couch.
- Involved in health and wellness and want to age better than their parents.
- Apt to try alternative health and wellness over traditional methods.
- Against drugs, and like to avoid surgeries if at all possible.
- Intelligent and like to learn about their bodies/health.
- Role models of living well and loving life.
How many treatments will I need to have before I have “significant relief”?
What are some examples of "significant relief"?
Here are some client examples:
- Being able to sleep through the night
- Take the dog for a walk
- Shoot a shotgun
- Dance the waltz
- Get down on the floor and play with my grandchild
- Go on a road trip
- Run in a 10K
- Turn my head to check lanes while driving
- Sit and watch a movie with my husband
- Walk the mall with my granddaughter
- Play golf
- Play golf well
- Play lacrosse
- Finish college
- Drive again
- Work at my desk
- Hike Machu Pichuu
- Laugh and smile (without jaw hurting)
- Sleep without having to wear a Merrell shoe on one foot because the sheet hurts
- Wear high heels
- Do yoga again
- Do Pilates
- Play senior softball
- Win at senior softball
- Do girls weekend in New York
- Do tai chi
- Fly on plane and walk off without feeling like a “cripple”
- Not having to do “exercises” every day to keep my body able to move!
Are there any other locations of Hunter Massage Clinic?
I’ve been to everyone, and no one has helped me. I’m afraid and beyond discouraged. Why is this different? Will it make me worse? What are the side effects?
These kind of comments always make us sad. The bottom line is that if we feel like we can help you, we will outline how and show you. If we feel we can’t help you, we will enjoy meeting you, refer you to other resources, and not charge you for the evaluation. There are no real side effects from our method except for maybe increased tiredness, soreness (like a healing workout soreness), and maybe a bruise (but it is rare). We move the body within your range so we never overstretch, we go light not deep, and we don’t use tools like the “scraper” that bruises you. It is just hands-on therapy. Most disciplines just look at your hardware like bones, joints, and discs using MRIs, x-rays, and CAT scans. They don’t actually touch your muscles. This is the most safe and effective alternative treatment for your pain, movement and balance problems.