ArtieMasseur's Massage Interview
Do you remember your first client ? Tell us something about that first day when you decided to be a Masseur!
Yes! It was in Brixton, ten years ago. The first time I was working as a massage therapist. I was very nervous because I didn't know how it would turn out. Massage was a hobby of mine and at the time it was the first time I was doing it professionaly. So I was petrified! But he was very handsome, kind and had a massage table set up in the middle of his room. After that, ten years have passed and I'm still active.
Some people say that being a Masseur is addictive. Would you miss your Masseur days ?
Yes! Definitely! I don't think I will ever stop being a masseur/massage therapist, even if I once again change careers. I'll keep a few clients as it's a pleasure seeing them. I'm very blessed with the clientele I attract.
Do you consider yourself a successful Masseur?
I do. The feedback I receive almost daily is a reminder that I'm doing something right. And in personal difficult times, I found solace in my work.
Tell us a little about yourself, if you were to pick something what would you like your clients to absolutely know about you?
I love music and the background playlist for my massage is carefully curated to enhance the whole experience. I'm constantly updating and creating new compilations. My movements many times are choreographing to a song.
How would you like someone that contacts you for a massage to feel when they leave?
That they have made the right choice when decided to come to see me. :)
What are your hobbies, what do you like to do in your spare time?
Going to plays, musicals, and exhibitions.
Why did you become a Masseur?
Massage was a hobby of mine. When I came to London, I've tried to find work in my specialised area and without a network, quickly realised that it'd take a bit long to start earning decently. I've started as a masseur because I already knew I liked massaging and could do it while I was building up a network. But it kicked off right at the beginning and I've decided to dedicate myself fully to massage and became a qualified massage therapist, although I really don't mind the term masseur. No regrets. :)
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be a Masseur?
Know your boundaries, be on time, respectful and mindful. And you have to enjoy it.
What distinguishes you from all the other Masseurs?
I can't say what distinguishes me, because I don't know a lot of masseurs and I am sure there are lots that might hold the same qualities as me. But what I can say based on feedback is that I make them feel great afterwards and a restful night sleep is guaranteed after a session with me.
But I like to create a different ambience to every client. i change the music, change the scents, change a bit the routine and I always give them the time agreed.
How long have you been a Masseur and how long do think you'd like to continue?
10 years! I, once again, am planning to change careers, but I am also planning to participate in different massage workshops, so let's say 10 years more? Even 20!
Is extensive training necessary for a Masseur in order to be successful?
Not necessarily. I was quite busy when I started and I barely had any training. I had the passion and the yearn to learn. But because I decided to focus on massage, I got my qualification and like to attend workshops to refresh my techniques. But I could say I was quite busy before deciding for a proper training.
How do you like clients to feel about the experience when they leave?
How often do you travel? Do you prefer to travel or are you more of a homebody?
Twice a year for holidays, but sometimes I spend a weekend abroad.