Some people say that being a Masseur is addictive. Would you miss your Masseur days ?
I don't know if being a masseur is "addictive," but it sure has plenty of rewards: You help other men feel great and relaxed, you meet an enormous number of interesting people, and you don't have to worry too much about your wardrobe!
Tell us a little about yourself, if you were to pick something what would you like your clients to absolutely know about you?
I believe everyone deserves respect and to be treated with kindness. That's one reason I love this job: I get to spread a little bit of tenderness, both physical and emotional.
What are your hobbies, what do you like to do in your spare time?
Sometimes it seems like the only "me" time I get is at the gym. I love going and doing my thing and zoning out.
I live close to the beach in FL, and I love the waves and the sand--even though I don't get much of a chance to go! I always swear I will go more.
I love travel and exploring--whether it is somewhere just down the street or across the continent or over the ocean. I am enthralled with international cuisines and other cultures.
How long have you been a Masseur and how long do think you'd like to continue?
I have been a masseur for about 10 years now. I hope I can continue for many more years. Frankly, this is the best job I have ever had. I enjoy meeting lots of different, interesting men, and not doing the same routine thing every day. It is also rewarding knowing that you are doing a job that has a concrete, positive physical and mental health affect on so many people.
Plus, there are big benefits to being your own boss!
How often do you travel? Do you prefer to travel or are you more of a homebody?
I travel extensively, to major towns and cities all over the USA.
The ability to travel is one of the great perks of this job. I really cherish the opportunity to explore other cities, and I try to play tourist at least a little bit everywhere I go. (I think it would be a shame to do all this travel and only see the inside of hotels!)
Do you consider yourself a successful Masseur?
I like to think that I am!
I have been giving massages and helping men relax all over the country (and sometimes Canada and Europe) for more than 10 years.
I pride myself on giving a genuine massage. My time at the gym makes me very strong! I can do real deep tissue.
Of course, the real key is to adjust every massage to the client's taste and learn to give an individualized, tailored session, not the same rote massage every time. That makes it more enjoyable for the client, and more interesting to me professionally.
Do you remember your first client ? Tell us something about that first day when you decided to be a Masseur!
When I first started giving massages, about 10 years ago, what struck me immediately was how so many men were willing to open up their most vulnerable selves when getting a massage. I feel honored that so many men have shared so much of the intimate parts of their lives with me over the years. It helps me be a better listener, and it reminds me everyone deserves dignity and respect, particulary in moments like when the are getting a massage.
How would you like someone that contacts you for a massage to feel when they leave?
I hope after visiting me, men leave first and foremost feeling relaxed and de-stressed. I also hope they leave feeling like they made a new friend. Certainly, anyone who visits me can leave assured that I am discreet and professional.
Why did you become a Masseur?
I love the male body, and I love making a real difference in the health and well-being of other men. I also do believe in the power of touch, as well as the power of the kind of deep personal bond and connection that two men share during a massage.
What distinguishes you from all the other Masseurs?
I am sure there are plenty of good masseurs out there.
I think what distinguishes me is the completeness of the quality of my massage, and my willingness to listen to each individual's needs and tailor a specific massage session suited to him.
I also think my deep caring and respect and interest in each person who comes to visit me is obvious in my interactions with other men, and they often comment to me about my friendliness and genuine warmth.
How do you like clients to feel about the experience when they leave?
I hope clients leave feeling like they got exactly what they needed in their session, that they feel relaxed and de-stressed, and that they even feel like they made a new friend. I certainly want everyone who comes to visit me to feel glad they did so and like they would come visit me again in the future.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be a Masseur?
First of all, train seriously, whether that is at a massage school or at a community college or in a certificate program or with a mentor.
Second, make sure you enjoy being around people and are not judgmental--learn to accept everyone for who he is, and realize your job is to help him feel better, physically and emotionally.
And finally--have some fun with your work! This is the BEST job you could hope for!
Is extensive training necessary for a Masseur in order to be successful?
I think training of some kind is crucial.
It doesnt have to be totally formal, but like anything else, you do have to train and practice to achieve. I took a community college training course rather than an official certification course for financial reasons at the time, but I have also learned over 10 years from practice, from mentors, from reading massage sites and (believe it or not) from watching educational massage videos.
I do believe in the mantra: practice, practice, pracitice!
I always want my art and talent to improve and the only way to do that is to keep learning.