About Us

Our Approach

At Whitewave Bodywork it is our mission to help you get back to doing what you love. Our philosophy is that every client should feel heard and believe that their healthcare team has a full understanding of their concerns. We believe that people deserve to know their options and feel empowered to take control of their own health. Our approach is wholistic. We treat the whole body as a unit that cannot be broken into parts. We often get feedback that our massages are “different.” We listen to people’s concerns, address them from a place of solid understanding of human anatomy,  and feel for where the tension lies to find the root cause of our clients’ pain symptoms.

Meet the Team

We believe it’s important to know who you are working with and where they have come from. Get to know a little about us!

 

Jennifer Clarkson DPT, L/CNMT

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Neuromuscular Therapist, Certified Integrative pregnancy Massage Therapist

Jennifer is a dually licensed practitioner of Massage and Physical Therapy. Her undergraduate experiences in collegiate athletics at Rollins College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance and Composition, gave her a profound respect for breath-work and kinesthetic movement. Her journey into bodywork began at Sarasota School of Massage Therapy in 2004 and she quickly found her passion in Sports & Orthopedic Massage which led her to launch Whitewave Bodywork in 2007. She held office as the Sports Massage Team Coordinator for the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) from 2004-2009 as well as the Vice President of the FSMTA from 2009-2011. She was an adjunct instructor at Sarasota School of Massage Therapy from 2007-2011 teaching Sports Massage, Stretching, Prevention of Medical Errors, and Strain-Counterstrain. Her genuine love of bodywork and quest for knowledge led her to attaining her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2015. In the spirit of lifelong learning, she is currently in the process of attaining her Yoga Teacher Certification in Anusara yoga, a style of Hatha yoga with a unique set of concise bio-mechanical alignment principles.

Awards
-FSMTA’s Sports Massage Therapist of the Year for the State of Florida, 2006
-FSMTA’s Sports Team Member of the year Sarasota/Manatee Counties, 2005 & 2008

Areas of specialty
Jennifer melds a variety of techniques when working with the body. Many can be listed under the categories of Orthopedic Massage or Sports Massage. Techniques include: Soft Tissue and Joint Mobilizations, Neuromuscular Therapy/Trigger Point Release, Myofascial Release, Positional Release, Muscle Energy Therapies, PNF, Active-Isolated Stretching, ACE Medicupping, and Corrective Exercise.

 

Alisha Sexton LMT, CLC, MuTu Pro™

Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Lactation Counselor, MuTu Pro™, Certified in Integrative Pregnancy Massage

Alisha Sexton has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2010. Alisha joined the Whitewave Bodywork team  in 2011 as an aspiring sports massage therapist who quickly found her niche in Women’s Health. She is a faculty member of Sarasota School of Massage Therapy and is an educator at Birthways Family Birth Center. She owns and operates Graceful Tides, a business that provides one one-one-and group coaching, offering non-judgemental support, knowledge and awareness throughout motherhood. She works closely with local medical doctors, chiropractors, acupuncturists, physical therapists, and midwives, specializing in women’s health. She supports ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc.), the Improving Birth Network, and the Body Image Movement.

Alisha describes her style as intuitive, applying her knowledge of anatomy and physiology, alignment, and movement to address specific pain patterns in the body. She listens to the body, to her client, and to the tissues to effectively alleviate her client’s symptoms. Her passion about birth, babies, breastfeeding, and body awareness has led her on this journey to provide encouragement and hope to mothers in every flow of life. Her love of learning keeps her up to date on evidence-based research in the fields of bodywork, breastfeeding, nutrition, pregnancy, and postpartum care.

Alisha is a wife and mother of 3. She uses her personal experiences in competitive swimming, triathlons, personal training, pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood to relate to and empower her clients.

Areas of specialty
Bodywork: Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage, using multi-modality techniques including neuromuscular therapy, hydrotherapy, and sports massage as well as stretching to aid the body in rehabilitation.

Schedule Your Appointment Today…

Call now to reserve your appointment with us! 941-350-2465