jo jameson, the aviary's newest massage guru

I recently read that “healthy things grow” and we are certainly growing here at the Aviary.  Our newest member is a massage therapist with fifteen plus years behind him.  An Atlanta native (bonus points here), he’s worked with some of the city’s most respected salons and spas including Natural Body, Lux Studio, and re-treat.  We sure are glad to have him now.  And as a family man, musician, AND master of massage... well, we had to ask questions. Besides the art of massage, I understand that music is something that is very meaningful to you.  What would you consider your greatest musical moment? Well, I don't know how great it is, but one of my favorite musical memories was playing a two set show with Kelly Hogan. We had prepared all this music and had a blast during the first set, but Hogan was upset that she hadn't remembered to bring a change of clothes for the second set. We looked at each other and decided to trade clothes... she got my brown suit and I got her black dress (with wing tips). It was loads of laughs for all.

Any music that you like to massage to? I feel that music is an important part of massage. It helps you to really zone out. I have had this one record since I was in massage school, back in 1996, it is called el-HADRA, the mystic dance. Amazingly, it never gets old!

As a native of Atlanta, you must have some favorite hidden spots.  What are some of your go to restaurants? I don't get out to the better restaurants as much now, but, boy do I love going to SAUCED!

What about outdoor spots with the family? My wife and I used to go to Cator-Woolford Gardens when we were just getting to know one another. You know, during our courtin' days. We would get some take out breakfast and have a morning picnic there. I still love to go there with both of my girls.

What do you find the most rewarding about your job? I always say "I love my work because it is so very rewarding.". It really does feel great to help people. Be it physical help or emotional help I can offer someone, it always feels good.

Do you have a favorite quote or mantra? I do have a little mantra I like to say at the end of every massage... "May this person go with peace, love, strength and clarity, and may he/she face the day and the season with a smile..." One day I would like to have that tattooed on me.

If you were a bird, what bird would you be? I'd like to think I'd be something cool like a hawk or a peregrine falcon, but I may be something more like a penguin... You just never know.