I came to massage via a circuitous route that meandered through coffeeshops and biochemistry labs, photojournalism and activism, a wedding photography career and a public art practice that resulted in the largest piece of public art in the city (the 85,000 sq ft How Philly Moves mural @ PHL International Airport.)

Sometimes, the most roundabout routes are the best…

It was late in life that I started to learn about my body.

No one had ever taught me how to care for this one thing that is… well… me. My work life cultivated major asymmetries and stresses that I’m still working through.

Somewhere along the way I started to connect to dancers and performers who were better versed in caring for their own bodies and each others’. An introduction to yoga via Studio 34 was transformative. At some point I began being on the receiving end of some amazing bodywork. 

Massage allows me to bring some of the skills that I’ve long cultivated (deep observation and listening, an intuitive sense of spatial relationships, practices of community caretaking, and finding ease with any body) and apply them in a way that complements and contrasts with the life of cameras, computers and crowds that I’d built for myself. 

I love that massage allows me opportunities to work with one client at a time, in a manner that is slow, deliberate and often silent. That it is grounded in the immediate here and now, with just the body and not machines. That it is collaborative, with your breath and presence actively participating in the session. And I am honored by the sacred responsibility of caring for fellow human beings and the trust placed in me by those who come to work with me.

Having completed my formal training at the Philadelphia School of Massage and Bodywork, I have been fully licensed to practice in Pennsylvania (license # MSG013959) since 2020 and am a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and offer my services by appointment in West Philadelphia.

Guidelines & FAQ


If you’d like to work together after having reviewed rates, policies & FAQ, get in touch via email: jj@jjtiziou.net or text message to 267-251-5464. When reaching out, please let me know a few times when I might be able to catch you for a quick ~5 minute introductory call before a first session working together.

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