Some people say that being a Masseur is addictive. Would you miss your Masseur days ?
I love healing the body. It’s very hard and draining work, but it’s a nice balance to my every day life. I get to meet people from all over the world and different backgrounds. I would miss it.
Do you consider yourself a successful Masseur?
I have a lot of repeat clientele. I love the positive feedback and reviews. Everyone's body is different, and 90% of the time I can tune in and figure out how to heal. But my success comes from clients being completely open about their body, any injuries, or information that will help me perform better. Clients should be ready to share information to get the most out of their experience. Especially communicate if there’s too much pressure or not enough or if there’s a technique they don’t like. I have no ego.
What distinguishes you from all the other Masseurs?
Well, I can't speak on the behalf of anyone I've never met. I just want people to know that I'm a legit masseur, you'll get a real massage and my space is always comfortable and clean. It's not just about making money for me. You'll leave with your body on the way to recovery or healed. I've had clients tell me that pre-existing conditions they've had have slowly faded or completely disappeared. That makes me very happy.
Why did you become a Masseur?
Originally, for the money. However, that has changed. It's very hard work. You have to understand every body you work on and it can be challenging at times. While I help others feel good, it truly balances my life as well. Not only am I curing ailments and fatigue, but I'm allowing the person I'm working on to get the full benefit of my energy. Hopefully they're able to share that amazing energy with the rest of the world when we are done.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be a Masseur?
It's not for everyone ... but if you have an intuitive mind and are keen on advancing and continuing your education, and listening and really figuring out the correct techniques, you're golden.
What are your hobbies, what do you like to do in your spare time?
Anything outside. Love the sun and fresh air. Traveling anywhere. Cooking really good food. Getting massages. Reading. Working out. Friends. Game night. Karoake. And my favorite, sleeping in.
How do you like clients to feel about the experience when they leave?
I want clients to feel calm, relaxed, and healed. Definitely want them to have an amazing experience, with an interest in coming back. That's the ultimate compliment. I understand it can be an expensive luxury for most, but I want them to get the most out of what they are paying for. I've heard so many times that they had bad massages, didn't get the full hour and that some clock watch. That's not what I want a client telling someone else about me. Not to sound redundant, but it truly is about healing, so whatever that takes. I also tend to go over in time, if I'm not fully booked.
Do you remember your first client ? Tell us something about that first day when you decided to be a Masseur!
My mom. It was always shoulder rubs. I think I was 8 or 9.
Tell us a little about yourself, if you were to pick something what would you like your clients to absolutely know about you?
I'm a huge hockey fan. It's the only time I gorge myself on beer and hotdogs and get super primal and competitive. I'm a Kings fan.
How would you like someone that contacts you for a massage to feel when they leave?
100% satisfied with their massage. I truly believe that my clients get what they pay for. I don't do Half-a** work.
How long have you been a Masseur and how long do think you'd like to continue?
As long as there are clients, I will continue to massage. I'll never retire from it.
How often do you travel? Do you prefer to travel or are you more of a homebody?
Travel is my favorite thing to do. I try to go somewhere at least once a month if not more.
Is extensive training necessary for a Masseur in order to be successful?
YES!!! You have to get massages yourself often to understand technique and feeling. You also have to make sure that you do continuing education to make sure your doing proper technique and understand body, muscle and connectivity