Is extensive training necessary for a Masseur in order to be successful?
I don't know that I would say extensive training is necessary but some training is absolutely necessary. I was taught from other licensed masseurs and classes. As I continue on my journey I constantly improve on my techniques and learn more. Experience and intuition of the body Is important also. I've learned as much In my 6 years of doing massage as anything.
How do you like clients to feel about the experience when they leave?
I absolutely want them to get more than they expect and have an experience that they won't forget. By the time I'm finished I want them to be a 100% comfortable with me. I have a great repeat customer base and am often told I give the best massage they've ever had.
Why did you become a Masseur?
I was a male entertainer for 6 months and what I enjoyed the most was getting to spend one-on-one time with clients and get to know more about them. I didn't have a lot of experience in the entertainment business but I found that clients were happy and a nice massage. That's how I found my niche. I begin doing it professionally. From there it has continued to grow and evolve. Really it found me and I still enjoy it.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be a Masseur?
If it's something that you enjoy doing then I would say go for it, especially if you are in college and looking for second job or maybe you're a little older and have found out that you enjoy relaxing and giving guys a great time. You we'll never know unless you try it. It definitely helps to be a people person and enjoy interacting with others and be willing to listen to what their concerns are and just maybe you'll leave a very positive impression in their life. You never know how you may help someone else.
How often do you travel? Do you prefer to travel or are you more of a homebody?
In the past, I have traveled extensively. It can be fun if you don't over do it. I still travel and I love getting to interact with my regular clients at and in other cities. Long distant travel is not really necessary from my experience and it don't allow me to see my closer repeat clients as much.
What distinguishes you from all the other Masseurs?
I'm not sure I can definitively say what distinguishes me from other masseurs, but I take great joy in getting to listen and interact with someone on a deeper more personal level than what you might otherwise get to do. The joy I get from what I do is knowing that I'm able to relax someone in a relatively short amount of time and the real joy is when I know that I have left a positive impact on that person's life, even if it is a small impact.
How long have you been a Masseur and how long do think you'd like to continue?
I started 4 years ago and I hope to continue for a long time to come. My experience personally is that it's great to do as a hobby or second occupation. If you do it full time then it can become very strenuous on your hands but traveling all the time can be very weary some. You have to take some time off for yourself. Just like any other job you have to find a balance.
What are your hobbies, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to be outdoors kayaking, fishing cave exploring and enjoying nature in general. I also enjoy donating my time to working with young people that need a little extra guidance. Helping people is one of the greatest rewards and paths to happiness that I have found. I also enjoy traveling a couple times a year.
How would you like someone that contacts you for a massage to feel when they leave?
I want them to feel relaxed and at peace and feel wholesome and healthy. I want it to be a memorable experience for them and would like to see them for a long time to come. I feel very blessed to get to meet some very wonderful people and it helps me also.
Tell us a little about yourself, if you were to pick something what would you like your clients to absolutely know about you?
I am passionate about whatever I do and an appointment is no different. I believe in always been kind, respectful and discreet.
I live a fairly private life so discretion extremely important to me and each person that I meet. I am a very empathetic person take to heart how my clients are doing in their lives. These are all pretty basic concepts. That being said I like to kick back, relax and have a good time!
Do you consider yourself a successful Masseur?
I don't know if I would use the word successful. I very much enjoy what I do and have had a continuous drive to improve and provide a better experience for my clients. It has treated me well primarily because of good, faithful, repeat clients. So I guess I would have to say the experience has been a successful one.
Some people say that being a Masseur is addictive. Would you miss your Masseur days ?
I would say that it would be difficult to break away from being a masseur completely. I enjoy the freedom of setting my own schedule, not having a boss, having the opportunity to travel wherever I want to go band getting to meet some really cool people. The joy or reward of it is making a positive difference in someone's day, week, or possibly their life.
Do you remember your first client ? Tell us something about that first day when you decided to be a Masseur!
My first client was kind and understanding which was important since I was a little wet behind the ears. He was more experienced than I. We ended up having a great time and he became a regular client.