Hello! My name is Stephanie Hubbs and I am the owner of Hands-On Bodywork! I am excited to be working in this field and the opportunity to work with you! I contract with other professionals to provide you with quality health related services either in your home or venue or at our location if available.
I graduated from Oakland University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and have 20 years of experience in the social work field. I dedicated those years to working with people who needed guidance and support in meeting their goals whether it was with improving family relationships, learning new parenting skills, seeking out training and education or obtaining employment. I bring a lot of life experience with me into this new chapter of my life and I believe that makes me a better practitioner.
I graduated as a Massage Therapist from Lakewood School of Therapeutic Massage in Port Huron, MI. My training includes Swedish or relaxation massage, therapeutic (deep-tissue), sports massage, as well as use of aromatherapy and reflexology, lymphatic drainage and myofascial release. I have experience working with a wide variety of people including chiropractic, physical therapy clients, and people who simply enjoy massage! I also contracted with a company called Stage Hands to provide massage service to the music industry. I have worked with many musicians and crew at venues such as Meadowbrook and DTE to provide them with massage services. Rock stars need massage too!
I am a certified Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Specialist through NASM and I am also a licensed Zumba Fitness Instructor. I have experience teaching in gyms, dance studios and office settings. I am passionate about nutrition and exercise and hope to inspire people to realize that they have it in them to make a change and to challenge themselves.
In my own life I have seen and experienced what massage, healthy eating habits and exercise can do to improve one's health dramatically. I have battled weight issues all of my life. I am not a naturally thin person. At one time, I weighed 200 pounds and I was miserable. Through systematically changing my bad habits and replacing them gradually with new healthy habits, I have lost a lot weight and gained a lot of experience and insight on what it takes to get there. There is no magic pill. It takes determination and drive to start on the road to wellness and to stay on it. We all get lost along the way. I still find myself veering off and need to rededicate myself to my health. We are not perfect!
In 2009, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. This is an inability to digest gluten. Symptoms include severe stomach bloating, pain, and gas, but can vary by individual. As a result, I have to follow a gluten free diet. If I eat gluten, my intestines can become inflammed and damaged, diminishing my ability to absorb nutrients and leading to malnutrition. Over time, this can pose many health problems and can even be fatal. This could have been a very difficult adjustment for me had I not been so used to following a diet plan already. All of my experience in the past of going without certain foods came into play in getting used to my new diet. I love helping newly diagnosed celiacs to know what foods to eat and what brands are good (and what is not so good). Luckily for us "gluten-free" is becoming more widely known by the general public and therefore more and more products are available. The bread I eat now is a far cry from the cardboard tasteless bread I used to eat just 2 years ago. Thanks goodness!
In my spare time, I love to dance, sing, garden, ride my bike, read, bake and cook. I am an artist as well, and paint often. I also make jewelry and love finding old objects and bringing new life to them. Lots of spray paint can make anything outdated look new again. It is true what they say, one man's trash IS another man's (or in this case, woman's) treasure!