Diana Beranek is the owner and solo therapist at Go Madd 4 Massage!, a company she started in 2004 in St Augustine, Florida. People often ask what the ‘madd’ part of the biz title stands for. ‘Madd’ is make a difference daily which is part of my positive approach toward personal & business life and a strong anchor of my faith & purpose in general. She attended the University of Iowa, although she is a native of Wisconsin, and received a B.S. in pharmacy. After many years of working as a registered pharmacist, she made a courageous decision to change careers and went to school at Alpha School of Massage in Jacksonville, Florida as she realized that she wasn’t in the ‘right’ niche in life. She started her first massage business there, in a gym setting, and has been in the medical/fitness field for the last 25 years, and since 1997 has been a licensed massage therapist and business owner. She also taught thru Express Training Services as a pharmacy tech instructor during 2009.
- Published in Welcome Trends in Pharmacy for clinical work on renal transplant unit.
- Published in St Augustine Record for Women in Business Profiles.
- Googles’ favorite places list of businesses.
- Die hard tennis fan: Rafael Nadal is my favorite sports person.
- Die hard football fan: Packers, Peyton & Eli Manning Gators, & Tim Tebow.
- Attends church services weekly at Celebration Church Jacksonville Campus.
- Reads self-help and Christian/inspirational books.
- Lays out at the pool and maintains a Florida tan for relaxation.
- Bikes daily around Bartram Park area of Jax
- Diana has regular maintenance massages weekly.
- Walking my new dog Wrangler (see photos below).
- Lifts weights/toning at Planet Fitness Bartram in Jax
- Yoga/balance ball.
- Gets bi-monthly chiropractic adjustments at Dr. Railing Chiropractic and Acupuncture since April 2016 railingchiropractic.com.
- Takes nightly relaxing detox baths using epsom salts & baking soda w/ lavender which helps relieve tension and relax muscles.
- Takes many supplements for immunity, energy, & digestive health.
I have an autoimmune condition Hashimotos which developed after gallbladder/appendix surgery along with Epstein Barr virus & many illnesses so a lot of effort/energy has been exerted to manage chronic fatigue & to achieve a healthy immune system. I have fought back since 2008 daily to run a physically demanding business & maintain balance in life thru a faith-filled, positive attitude. I survived a car accident on June 2, 2014 where I was hospitalized with pneumothorax & excruciating pain, not being able to lay flat on either side for a month & only able to do limited massages.
The next year I fell outside my office on the cement & for a year had debilitating pain from sural nerve of both legs & I T band. The next year I fell while riding a bike on vacation & experienced painful 2nd degree burns. All 3 of these incidents I fought back thru a lot of pain, but I was healed from all of them totally thru regular massage, acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments, replenishing sleep, epsom salt baths, strong prayers, & having lots of goals to completely heal. I can greatly relate to anyone suffering from numerous health issues & can offer healthy advice, suggestions on best routes to follow.
- Gives to local charities by providing massage gift certificates for raffles & silent auctions such as A.S.S.I.S.T, the YMCA, kidney transplant for a client, & Toys for Tots car show sponsored by Dr Railing.
- Attends sisterhood evenings at Celebration church for inspirational teaching series.
My hands are a real blessing,” says Diana. “My goal was to turn a dream into a reality, and I achieved that. I love what I do every day, so it doesn’t seem like a job.” Using her personal touch with clients, welcoming them with her outgoing personality and friendly smile, and projecting a professional image are what have made her business successful. Her motto from the beginning was ‘Build it and they will come,’ a faith-based approach to business and also the theme from the movie Field of Dreams.
My fascination with ‘hands’ began many years ago while attending the University of Iowa. At the Hospitals and Clinics building, there was a display of hands which really spoke to me. The vast differences in size, shape, contour, and strength as well as the fingerprinting process itself is very intriguing and makes our hands very unique. Everyone should experience a professional massage in order to release the mind from problems and the outside world and to just relax. Just to be blessed with hands that allow someone to heal energizes me greatly. Everyone needs to be touched, and through massage, you are giving yourself the most loving gift that you can, that of personal touch. Massage is an important facet of the holistic approach which i strongly believe in. Having weekly massages helps keep me at the best possible shape in order to help my clients the most. The value of a licensed massage therapist is huge as many people have soft tissue complaints and don’t know where to turn as these issues interfere with their day to day activities where their muscles hurt or they have limited movement that decreases performance at work or home and becomes a bothersome concern. Massage service is valuable to you as a major health care resolution to your issues. I invite you to let yourself experience massage and to let your senses be enlightened.
Just to Inspire You, the following phrases are some of my favorite inspirational and positive statements that I want to share with you
- Focus on the donut, not on the hole.
- The mind is like a parachute; it only functions when open.
- Even if you lose some of the battles, you can still win the war.
- Walls turned sideways= bridges.
- Yesterday is history; tomorrow is a mystery.
- Today is a gift, that’s why they call it the present.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How often should I get a massage?
A good rule of thumb is to have a massage on a monthly basis. Of course, if you’ve been in an accident or have a lot of stress or medical issues, then a weekly massage for a while may be better suited for your situation. A monthly massage is the healthy way to go in order to remove toxins from the body.
What kinds of medical problems does a therapeutic massage help?
A therapeutic massage involves manipulating the soft tissues of the body to alleviate stress, pain, discomfort, muscle spasms and cramps as well as promoting physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. It can help with personal or work-related stress/anxiety, arthritis of any type, carpal tunnel syndrome, depression, digestive problems, headaches, insomnia, sports-related injuries including decreased range of motion, circulation problems, etc. The list is endless of the many medical benefits of massage.
Are massage therapists licensed in every state?
There are close to 60 accredited massage schools in the United States, and the list keeps growing with the popularity of the massage career. Not all states require therapists to be licensed, but the majority do. Massage schools will provide a minimum of 500 hours of training; some require up to 2 years in community college programs which include many extra modalities. A therapist is licensed (LMT) or certified (CMT), depending on the state, when he or she has passed the national certification exam for therapeutic massage. Continuing education is required in order to keep skills up to date as well as renewing licenses.
Why is drinking water so important after a massage?
Please drink plenty of water especially after your first massage and for a 24 hr period after each massage to flush out all the toxins that have accumulated to the surface as massage greatly increases your circulation and lymphatic drainage. Our bodies are approximately 70% water so we’re giving back to our bodies what they need most.
Why do some massage therapists start face up and is there a correct way to start a massage?
No there is not a correct way to start a massage, however in eastern medicine it is more common and more recommended to start face up in order to open up the facial muscles/sinuses and neck/chest areas. Starting face up also allows more personal time and rapport to be built between client and therapist as it is a more open position. By starting with the face first no lotions or oils are on the hands which could interfere with a woman’s makeup or irritate the sensitive face.
Why does my nose feel so stuffed up during and after a massage?
Sometimes this happens because of laying face down in the face cradle. Again, circulation is increased, and everything comes to the surface trying to leave your body through any pores. It is part of the lymphatic drainage process which is very normal. Kleenex is provided in my office for this very purpose. When you have more regular massages, you won’t feel as stuffed up as much. Some clients use a nasal spray so that this doesn’t happen during a massage. Some people cannot lay with their heads face down in the cradle for a 20-minute or more period and may lay with their head to the side, especially if it is bothersome to them.
Are there any medical reasons in which someone shouldn’t have a massage?
Yes, in cases of phlebitis, some cancers, cardiac problems, some skin conditions and infectious diseases, massage isn’t recommended. Ask your doctor if massage is ok, and let your massage therapist know about any areas of concern.
Why does oil have to be used during a massage?
Using oil decreases the friction of a therapist’s hands rubbing your skin. Friction is even greater in hairy areas. It just makes the massage strokes so much easier to manipulate.
How does massage work exactly to make me feel better?
By definition,massage is an Arabic word meaning stroke. By a therapist using various massage stokes, he or she is manipulating the soft tissues of the body by increasing the circulation of blood and lymph thereby flushing out lactic acid and uric acid, 2 of the main toxic wastes. Endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers, are released during a massage. The skin, which is the largest organ in the body, is stimulated, and ligaments/tendons are stretched. Emotional and physical stress is decreased as part of the whole process. Touch is the gift of life.
Is pet massage recommended?
Massaging an animal is as beneficial to your pet as it is to you. An animal’s body is designed different from a human’s body, but the same benefits are realized, mainly improving the circulation and the overall well-being of the animal, especially in areas of arthritis and pain. Animal massage is based on using acupressure points.
Can I receive a massage if I am pregnant?
Massage is very beneficial to pregnant women, but it is always best to check with your doctor first in case of any high risk situations. The first trimester is the most crucial period, so your doctor should advise you if it is ok. After that, there really isn’t any issue other than you may not be able to lay face down on the table comfortably. Usually extra pillows are placed in specific areas to ease your comfort and adjustments to the standard massage have to be made by the therapist. Special prego cushions are used by some therapist if there’s a high pregnancy clientele.