DAYTONA BEACH — After experiencing a traumatic car accident in which her neck was broken, Jazmine Foust found that massage helped her recover and overcome pain.
It also helped Foust find her own professional calling. She is now the owner of Lotus Massage & Wellness, dedicated to healing others’ bodies through massage therapy.
“Where whole body regeneration is the focus, assisting with aligning your mind, body and spirit, massage therapy is the perfect addition to your personal wellness plan,” said Foust, 28. “It will reduce physical stress, improve range of motion and improve your quality of life.”
Lotus Massage & Wellness, located in Daytona Beach at 211 E. International Speedway Blvd., Suite 111, opened in April.
“I had a mobile business for about a year while I worked at a spa,” said Foust. “I decided it was time to make the jump. I received confirmation after confirmation that it was time to go and that’s what I did.”
Foust said being self-employed was a long time dream of hers. “I was really unaware of how I would achieve it,” said Foust.
Her accident and long road to recovery led Foust to the path of entrepreneurship.
“In July of 2009 I was in a rollover car accident in California and I broke my neck,” said Foust. “I had severe whiplash that was neglected to be treated. So I experienced chronic pain for a long time.
“When I found massage therapy and how much it helped me, it was a no-brainer. This is what I’m supposed to do for other people. I had no idea that this was something that could possibly help with that kind of pain.”
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Foust said traumatic injuries can linger in the body.
“Trauma caused from accidents can be stored in the body,” said Foust. “ I’ve been through it myself, it’s been such a journey, learning about all these things and putting them to practice on myself. So I know that if I can bring awareness to these types of things, I’ll be able to help people on a much deeper level than just massage.”
To get her start, Foust first attended Daytona State College, studying massage therapy.
“Daytona State College for school offers a 10 month program and it’s very heavy,” said Foust. “You learn a lot in 10 months. After that program you take a licensure exam and you receive your license.”
After graduating in February of 2020, Foust hit the ground running.
“As soon as I graduated I opened my mobile business,” said Foust. “Everything that I learned while in school made me fall more in love with massage. Not just what it did for my body, but what it did for other people.”
Ronald Jackson, a Lotus Massage & Wellness client, said Foust has gifted hands and an encouraging approach towards wellness.
“Lotus Massage and Wellness is a great place to get a massage,” said Jackson. “Jazmine is knowledgeable, professional, and helpful. Jazmine stays current in the field and provides a holistic approach to wellness. She clearly has a passion for helping people feel their best physically, mentally, and spiritually.”
Lotus currently offers Swedish massage, deep tissue, prenatal massage and cupping therapy.
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
“I love cupping,” said Foust. “it is one of the most underrated services on the planet. It’s been around for so long and helps with so many different things. I also offer percussive therapy and hot stone massage.”
Crystal A. Howard, executive president with The Florida State Massage Therapy Association, said massage therapy offers a number of health benefits.
“On the most basic level massage relaxes the body,” said Howard, who also is a licensed massage therapist. “Relaxation leads to alleviating stress. It also helps with depression. Getting a massage can help with that feel good property. It also helps to increase flexibility. When our muscles are relaxed when that tissue has had a chance to go from being very tight to being much more malleable, it creates more flexibility.”
Although she just opened her business, Foust already is developing future plans.
“This is my beginning,” said Foust. “My goal with this business is to have a multifaceted wellness center. I’ll offer massage therapy, acupuncture, Reiki massage. All of these options will be available as a one-stop shop, including a psychologist. I’m really big on the connection between the mind, body and soul.”
Reiki massage is a Japanese form of alternative medicine called energy healing.
Foust said her spa is geared toward individual clients’ needs.
“I’m familiar with working in chain spas,” said Foust. “I pride myself on making sure people feel as comfortable as possible when they come in. A lot of people are really uneasy about the idea of massage. They don’t know how to act, if they’re going to be judged. I make sure they know before they come in that this is a safe space. There’s no judgement here.”
Foust was born in Indiana and raised mostly in Northeast Florida. She lived in California for 10 years. and has lived In the Daytona Beach area for two years. She currently lives in Ormond Beach with her two daughters, ages 5 and 11.
Foust said if she could go back in time and give her younger self any advice, it would be to ignore fear.
“Don’t allow fear to control you,” said Foust. “Take the jump. Also learn how to dance during the storm.”
Her advice to others interested in taking the jump into entrepreneurship: “Be selective with who you share your plans with,” said Foust. “Make connections in the community. Lastly, just jump.”
Lotus Massage & Wellness
211 E. International Speedway Blvd., Suite 111, Daytona Beach
Contact: (904) 805-5891
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The Gem Next Door is a series that highlights local entrepreneurs operating businesses in your neighborhoods. If you are the owner of a business or if you want to nominate a business for recognition, please contact reporter Erica Van Buren at [email protected] Be sure to include your name, phone number and a little bit about the history of the business.