about us

Welcome Back To Your Body

Committed to creating a body positive place for all to heal.

South Philly Wellness is a holisitic health practice located in the Pennsport neighborhood of Philadelphia founded by Jennifer June.  Jennifer and her team are committed to creating a body positive place for all to heal, especially welcoming of women, persons of size and color as well as the LGBTQ community. we view bodywork as a part of routine health care, rather than a luxury service. Like most Philadelphia architecture our office presents some structural challenges to accessibility. If you have difficulty navigating stairs, contact us prior to booking so we may best accomodate you for bodywork and massage services.

Client empowerment, self love and compassion are values we hope to cultivate during our sessions and post session consults. Often there are tips, lifestyle tweaks, stretches or self care practices that are shared to enhance day to day living. Adjunct therapies may be part of your balanced treatment plan and referrals to additional health care providers will be offered whenever appropriate. 

Healing Arts & Bodywork are deeply personal and vulnerable experiences where trauma trapped in the body can be released. The priority of SPW is to create a safe, nonjudgemental space, where client healing can occur unhampered.  Clients who may have particular needs such as PTSD,  body dysmorphia, and survivors of assault or abuse are encouraged to receive work within their comfort zone.  

                                                  Meet Jes Messick  

Certified Usui Reiki Master and V- Steam Peristeam Hydrotherapy Facilitator Jes Messick has turned flexing her self care muscles into a career! Jes left the Delaware beaches for Philadelphia in 2016 and immediatly began assisiting with V- Steam Parties, events and consultations. As the external stresses of pandemic city living became intense she found her safety and comfort in reiki, earning a Master Level Certification. Her growing passion for Reiki lies in helping provide others especially Service Veterans, survivors of abuse  and pets who have had traumantic life experiences find a safe, place of solitude. As South Philly Wellness expanded into a larger office Jes, stepped up to operate the V- Steam Lounge as a Certified V-Steam & Peristeam Hydrotherapy Practitioner and  manages retail sales in-store and online. Outside the office Jes loves spending time with her grandkids, soaking up the cuddles with her rescue pup Brody and being outdoors. 

 

Meet Emily Dunuwilla LMT

Emily moved to Philadelphia from Maine, where she owned a massage therapy practice and taught anatomy and physiology at the New Hampshire Institute for Therapeutic Arts. She is certified in CORE Myofascial Therapy and the Roll Model Method of self-myofascial release, and is a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association. In November 2021, Emily will be a certified Embodiment Coach through the UZAZU Embodied Intelligence program, through which she hopes to help people find body-oriented ways of calming distress and building self-awareness. Emily loves to write, dance, and try new foods. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

                                              Meet Your Primary Practitioner Jennifer June

Jennifer is a 25 year resident of Philadelphia with a passion for improving the lives of others.  She is colorful, funny, often sports an irreverent view of things taken too seriously, and is a do it yourself, punk rock influenced creative type, mistaken for someone significantly younger. Always inquisitive, seeking depth of personal connection, and enjoying the opportunity to share the knowledge she has gathered. In all seriousness, she studies hard, plays infrequently and plies her trade with with the compassion of an aspiring bodhisattva. 

The quest to heal herself led to a career. Curious to know more? Check out the video embedded in the page footer.

Outside the treatment room, Jennifer can be found biking Philadelphia, creative pursuits such as stencil art, film making, street photography, cooking up global cuisine, and spending time with her rescued Rat Terrier pups Scooter & Brody.

Certifications & Education

  • International School of Shiatsu

  • 200 hour Certification

  • Heartwood Institute

  • 1000 hour Holistic Health Certification

  • Arvigo Institute 

  • Practitioner Certificate

  • Birth Arts International

  • Heart of Herbs 

Volunteer & Teaching Experience

Volunteer Experience

  • Berkeley Center – Berkeley, CA, Volunteer bodyworker caring for the physical needs of Bay Area homeless suffering from HIV and AIDS. 

  • Quan Yin Center – San Francisco, CA, Acupuncture Assistant
  • Distance Healing Network Reiki provider serving global requests for distance reiki.

Teaching Experience

  • Assistant Teacher in Shiatsu at Pennsylvania School of Muscle Science
  • Assistant Teacher in Zen Shiatsu, Business, Anatomy and Physiology at the Heartwood Institute, Garberville, CA

  • Instructor in Shiatsu at The Center for Massage, Asheville, NC

  • Developer of Shiatsu for Couples and Prenatal Massage for Couples curricula as taught at the South Philly Wellness Center 

Community Involvement

Jennifer is a graduate of Philadelphia’s Citizen Planning Institute and an active 311 Liaison.  As a member of West Passyunk Neighbors Association Jennifer has been a member of the general board, sat on the zoning committee, and participated with the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Community Advisory Panel.