Featured Tenant: Philadelphia School of Massage & Bodywork

Donna Zadie, and Julia Bayardi, licensed massage instructors and co-owners of Philadelphia School of Massage & Bodywork (PSMB), are thrilled with their new space in a historic industrial building at 263 N. Lawrence St., just below Vine in Old City, between 4th and 5th St. “We are on the ground floor of a beautiful building that offers a cozy and welcoming environment that aligns with the vibe
of our curriculum,” said Donna.

“We moved last April from our much smaller previous location, a couple of blocks away on N. 2nd St. Following the pandemic, we were ready to grow again and needed more space,” said Julia. Expanding from 640 sq. ft to 2100 sq. ft. has allowed them to achieve their goals and has given them the ability to host events for community organizations like Morris Animal Refuge. “The event we hosted in September combined kittens, chair massage, and chocolates,” said Julia. “We will be working with Morris in the future and have another event, a Winter Bazaar, on Saturday, Feb. 11th offering chair massage, Tarot readings, along with community vendors and service providers.”

Teaching Massage

Donna and Julia first met when they were students at the same massage school and ended up working as instructors there. “We were certified in 2004 and we have 20 years of professional massage therapy experience between us. During that time, we worked at various spas and chiropractic centers. We were also neighbors in Fishtown and when the school we had attended closed, Donna suggested we open our own,” said Julia. ‘We officially opened PSMB in 2015.”

As the only massage school in Center City and the only privately owned massage school in Greater Philadelphia operated by massage therapists, PSMB offers a wide range of opportunities. “Our 600-hour program prepares the student to pass the national exam and ultimately apply for their state massage
therapy license,” said Donna. “Our program deals specifically with what we call Integrated Massage, including Swedish, Shiatsu, and Chair Massage. We also offer year-round continuing education courses to expand your scope of practice. Whether you are trying to fulfill licensing credit hour requirements, gain certification for a new modality, or just looking to learn something fun, PSMB will be there to help you reach your professional goals.”

The other massage modalities they teach include Pre-Natal Massage, Sports Massage, Myofascial Release Basics, Hydrotherapy, and Trigger Point Therapy.

Private Events and Affordable Student Massages

In addition to courses for students, PSMB has a chair massage company that offers on-site chair massage for corporate events, businesses, trade shows, and parties in the tri-state area. “Chair massage can rejuvenate stressed-out employees, conference attendees, and shoppers,” said Julia, “It can attract
prospective clients and leave a positive impression. Plus, it’s an affordable way to make everyone a little healthier and happier.” Keep this fun option in mind for bridal showers, birthday parties, and family gatherings.

You do not have to wait for a special occasion to indulge in a massage. PSMB also offers discounted massages in their Student Clinic for just $35 for one hour, enabling students to gain expertise while offering customers an affordable way to relieve stress.

263 N Lawrence St.

Solo welcomes The Philadelphia School of Massage & Bodywork into their new space at 263 N. Lawrence St and we’re glad to be able to rent them a space that will support their business’s continued growth.

The Philadelphia School of Massage & Bodywork is one of many commercial tenants we are proud to work with and have in our community. If you are seeking office or studio space, reach out to us to see how we can support your business goals.

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