The Name: Prairie House
Jeff Nixa was born and raised in southeastern Minnesota, where the Great Plains begin and tallgrass prairie once rolled west to the Dakotas and beyond. Forty two years later, Jeff opened a massage practice in his home, a Prairie Style design built in 1903. Jeff’s practice in South Bend’s Near Northwest Neighborhood grew quickly, doubling each year until he needed a larger office. Committed to his revitalizing neighborhood and a walkable, bikeable lifestyle, Jeff relocated his practice just two blocks down the street to the historic Colfax Cultural Center. Built in 1898 as the Colfax School, the building is the city’s only surviving Victorian school house.
South Bend Heritage Foundation renovated the Center in 1983, and it now houses low-cost galleries for artists, performance space for dancers, workshop space for a church and mosque, social service agencies and Prairie House Massage. Visitors can climb the same ornate oak staircase as generations of school children did, to arrive at the cozy renovated classroom now serving as Jeff’s office. For more history on the Colfax Center click here.
“I love the office. I love the old architecture, the peaceful colors, the relaxing music, and the pictures of his children!” -Kathy
The Goal: A Balanced Life.
We have all heard the threefold phrase about staying balanced in “body, mind and spirit.” But how many people have balance in any of these aspects in real daily life? We’re so accustomed to racing about reacting to stress, crises and dramas at work and home that after years of this physical tension and pain just seem normal. In fact, many persons are unaware of just how numb they have become in their physical bodies, and even in their minds and hearts.
Prairie House Massage is here to help. Because when you begin to live a balanced life, healing, strength and happiness just begin to magically unfold.
“Jeff treats you holistically, trying to get a picture of your life and the particular issues that may be affecting your wellness. He then uses any information you choose to share to provide the best possible care.” -Sharon, RN
- To help clients restore balance and peace in their lives;
- Reach the highest level of function and health they are willing to work for;
- Live a more sane, simple life;
- Understand the connection between one’s physical condition and one’s relationships, beliefs, community and the environment;
- Become happier, more whole people.
“Jeff’ is my ‘bodyman’- my point person on issues relating to physical well-being. He provides feedback from his broad knowledge around fitness, exercise and wholistic living generally.” -David, financial advisor
- Highest professional standards: from confidentiality to privacy, from draping techniques to a gossip-free environment.
- Quality: to utilize the most effective, research-based techniques and practices.
- Empowerment: to provide clients the information and self-care skills necessary to manage their own health
- Best Value: reasonable fees based on local rates, my training and experience.
- Integrity: to practice what I preach: self-care, fitness, simple lifestyle, spirituality and community.
- Compassion: a kind, caring, client-centered focus with great listening.
- Timely: sessions begin and end on time.
- Scope of Practice: referals to other professionals when I’m not qualified to help.
- Single Focus: to provide a comfortable, relaxing office focused on your primary needs–not the sale of books, CDs, lotions, candles and accessories.
- Support: my help is available via telephone and e-mail. If I do not have the answer to a problem I will help you find the person or resource that does.
“The overall experience at Prairie House is entirely comfortable: sensitive…and somehow spiritual without being proselytizing. I’m a big fan and enthusiastically recommend him to my patients and friends. -Mark, MD
“Jeff is a pioneer that brings his unified education in these areas together with his inborn gift as a healing guide. I have experienced a freedom from emotion stored as pain in my body from receiving massage from Jeff.” -Machelle Lee, yoga instructor