ANDERSON — Faces light up when she walks into the room. Jasuti Goss arrives with a broad smile, a ready laugh and a listening ear.
She opens her jar of massage cream, and begins to gently massage the hands and forearms of her client. It’s Goss’s hands that are doing the work, but it’s all heart that seems to fill the room.
“It feels wonderful,” confirmed Mary Alice Wages. Goss regularly visits Wages to provide geriatric massage, a form of massage specifically geared to the needs of the elderly.
Goss points out that it has a number of benefits for seniors who may be stiff or sore, especially with lots of sitting or inactivity.
“The muscles start screaming out,” said Goss. She said that gentle massage can ease the sore muscles, help to get nutrition to the body’s cells and improve blood circulation.
“Besides the physical benefit there’s that emotional connection. There is such a benefit to just the touch, compassionate touch,” said Goss.
Goss is a nationally certified massage therapist and body worker with expertise in medical, deep tissue, Swedish, prenatal, craniosacral and geriatric massage. She has been practicing for more than 14 years, about half of that time working for an Indianapolis physiatrist, a doctor who specializes in rehabilitation and pain.
Now Goss has a private practice based in a green Victorian house in downtown Anderson. She also visits clients, some of them in nursing homes.
Massage therapy is a second career for the 63-year old woman. She chose it in order to follow a calling.
Mid-life career change
“The Lord just told me to sell my business and take my gift of healing out into the world,” said Goss. It was not exactly a welcome idea for Goss to consider giving up her dental laboratory career making crowns and bridges for local dentists. “I argued for a long time.”