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Personal Training & Massage Therapy

The body is designed to function optimally, and without pain. - William Hurst, M.D., cardiologist.

 Jan Shaw supports this philosophy, restoring the body's health and movement abilities through designed exercise training and tissue freedom of movement (myofascial massage therapy).

Bodies need maintenance to stay healthy, bodily neglect, or even good intentions, can result in injury or medical problems.

 For over 25 years, Jan Shaw has designed exercise for cardiac, respiratory, physical, work injury and spinal rehabilitations, and applied therapeutic massage for problems from head to toe. 

An Exercise Physiologist, Personal Trainer and Licensed Massage/Bodywork Therapist (SC# 1935), Jan knows how to help you progress to your next desired level of health and function, even if it's just a little bit beyond where you currently are. 


Jan Shaw Personal Training & Massage Therapy has three options to choose from:

Personal Training

Personal Training
Jan Shaw has worked in partnership with  physical therapists, physicians, nurses, and case managers since 1986.

She is most effective with the "baby boomer" and "Gen-X" generations.      (born 1944-1981)

Her Personal Training is designed for general exercise or specific functional goals, such as improved strength and endurance, post-rehab conditioning, or medical diagnoses.

"I consider myself a step beyond Physical Therapy, and often interwoven with it, and a step before the typical gym trainer. I fill that niche, and it's a wide niche. 

I would say that the majority of people fall into this niche in the continuum between medical disability and exercise enthusiast. The problem with this segment of the health continuum is that people, generally, get along pretty well, with the occassional dip into the need for physical therapy, or medications. 

Wthout regular physical activity challenging enough to keep the heart rate up, the breathing up, people in this niche will find themselves cascading, gradually,  toward more and more medical necessity. That is not where we want to go.

"Chock" the tires!

Don't slide any further!

Get up and get active!

Find activities that are suitable for your state of health and ability. Do them regularly on most days of the week. Choose a variety so to use all of your different muscles.

If you need help getting started, help keeping on schedule, help knowing what is safe for you and what is not, that's where I can help you. 

Call or text me at 

(803) 360-7895

Your path to better health is just a step away."  -- Jan

Personal Training

Massage Therapy

Message Therapy

When the body hurts or doesn't move well, most people would rather fix the root of the problem than falsley masque it with drugs.

The John Barnes Myofascial Release method targets the root of the problem. 

 Pioneered by John F. Barnes, P.T. over  fifty years ago, MFR targets the connective webbing of the body , the fascia. (pronounced with a short "a")

 The fascia should move freely, like a superbly made internal garment whose only sensation is comfort and ease. 

However, this webbing can become sluggish and stuck, tightening joints and clamping down on nerves.

Unlike most other techniques, MFR begins lightly and progresses to deep as the tissues relax and safely allow. It doesn't dig in. It doesn't strip the tissues. It is almost always comfortable.

It is effective for

  • deep restrictions or problems that are very sensitive to touch or pressure  
  • decreased range of motion left behind from injury or surgery
  • Acute problems that just developed
  • Chronic problems as old as decades

and, it dovetails wonderfully with Physical Therapy or Chiropractic care.  

Since specializing in MFR in 2009, Jan's MFR treatments have resolved most symptoms within 3-6 sessions. A huge financial savings over most other treatment options, and without the dangers or short term masque of drugs. 

If you're not sure if you'll benefit from MFR therapy, book a $29 Tuesday half-hour session to try it out. 

I look forward to enhancing your life's movements.  -- Jan

Massage Therapy

"How To" Clinics

Message Therapy

        Common complaints include neck, shoulders, back or hip pain. Knees, calves and feet also make the list. Combined, these cover most of the human body!

Most of these aches and pains are preventable through movement, good nutrition, balance, and knowledge.

Jan's experience in rehab medicine taught patients from many different professions how to re-posture themselves to safely perform their jobs without exacerbating their previous injuries, and without re-injury. 

She has worked with nurses, EMT's, construction workers, factory workers, administrative workers, white collar, blue collar,... you name it.

The principles are the same. And you can learn them in Jan's "How To" Clinics.

Jan's "How To" clinics will teach you how to remedy these complaints, often combining Personal Training with Massage Therapy, as needed, to reach the best possible outcomes. 

Clinics are short and can be taken one-on-one or in small groups.

Get a few of your good friends or co-workers together and split the cost. The knowledge and skills you gain could save your career and keep you more healthy for life.

 "How To" Clinics

Serving the Midlands of South Carolina


When booking your appointment on-line, choose Jan Shaw as your practitioner for Personal Training, Myofascial Massage, $29 Tuesdays, or the Free 30-minute Consultation.  

(803) 563-6995

Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

1905 Sunset Boulevard, Suite C
West Columbia, SC 29169

(inside at The Balance Institute)

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