Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
My massage is much deeper and therapeutic than the normal fluff and buff you can get at McEnvy. My quality of touch zeroes in on the source of pain or dysfunction. I have the experience, knowledge, and passion of a professional who has gleaned the skills passed down through a one-on-one mentor/apprenticeship.
What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
I wish that my clients knew how accessible and beneficial massage is when done on a regular, routine basis. The longer one has gotten massage, the easier it becomes to release muscle tension and pain. Also, the more one visits a therapist, the more deeply the therapist can learn what techniques work for that unique individual.
If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
Find a local massage school that teaches you the fundamentals of massage. A school that has at least 650 hours of study and isn’t a chain should suffice. Once you graduate, find a therapist that you are interested in having as a mentor. Consider being an employee when you first start practicing. It’s hard enough trying to hone your craft when you first start out, trying to figure out how to run a business at the same time is overwhelming.
What do you like most about your job?
I get the most reward helping people get their body back into working condition. For me, helping a client regain an activity of daily life is the best feeling. Whether it is reducing chronic back pain of a parent so they can lift their child, or helping a competitive athlete overcome an acute injury to get back to their passion, I can make a difference.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Find a wellness professional that empowers you and gives you tips to keep you out of their office. Preventative, self care education is a sign of a wellness worker that really cares and wants you to stay healthy. You can search for professional massage therapists in your area at www.massagetherapy.com. Also, each state that has licensure will have a searchable database. I am registered in California (www.camtc.org) and Colorado (askdora.colorado.gov).
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What’s your answer?
How often should I get a massage? Every person is different in the amount of activity and self care they do. If you are highly active, but don’t stretch at all, perhaps one hour session per week can keep you active. If you are moderately active and kind of stretch, perhaps 90-minutes, once a month can work for you. For some, 2-hour sessions quarterly works for them. You know your body better than I do, and only you can feel the benefit of a particular type of bodywork. The only thing I know, is that when I get a massage it is quite apparent that I should have gotten one sooner, and I can’t believe I waited so long to get some bodywork. Find a massage schedule that works for you and book your next session before you leave the office. Your future self will thank you for it.
What are you currently working on improving?
Extracting constructive feedback from clients is my current goal. I am constantly trying new techniques I’ve learned, and I want my clients to feel comfortable telling me “if you do such and such, I feel it would be more effective.”