Do you consider yourself a successful Masseur?
In my opinion, success is measured in a love or passion for one's avocation. Like many masseurs, I love what I do, and I can't imagine ever going without massage. So by that metric, I consider myself highly successful as a masseur.
Some people say that being a Masseur is addictive. Would you miss your Masseur days ?
I will always massage. It is part of me. Touch, both giving and receiving is a human necessity. It is powerful. For me, the addiction is about the physical and sensory connection that is afforded through massage. I guess you could say that massage is addictive. Connections are the gifts that massage provides.
How would you like someone that contacts you for a massage to feel when they leave?
Overcome with peace and happiness.
What are your hobbies, what do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time, I run distance run, read, workout and travel (for fun and NOT for work.)
What distinguishes you from all the other Masseurs?
I'm very tall (6'3") with very large powerful "man hands". I have a musical background as a novice piano player which imbues a musicality and rhythmic essence into my massage sessions. Clients definitely pick up and comment on it.
Why did you become a Masseur?
I became a masseur while in grad school. It helped keep the lights on. It became a calling and the rest is history.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be a Masseur?
Focus on excellence and quality in everything you do and everything you provide.
How long have you been a Masseur and how long do think you'd like to continue?
I've been a masseur for 16 plus years and I will never give it up. Like many masseurs, I truly love what I do.
How often do you travel? Do you prefer to travel or are you more of a homebody?
I travel for fun only and several times per year. I am also a homebody and totally out of the scene.
Is extensive training necessary for a Masseur in order to be successful?
ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!!! While training and anatomical knowledge is important, a successful therapist has "the touch" and develops his or her own style. You can have all the technical training in the world, but if you deliver a service absent the passion, energy and personality, it just feels mechanical. The end result may be disappointing.
How do you like clients to feel about the experience when they leave?
Happy and peaceful.
Do you remember your first client ? Tell us something about that first day when you decided to be a Masseur!
My first client was a beautiful woman who worked for a major Hollywood studio who looked remarkably like Nicole Kidman. She was memorable because she was a weekly regular who LOVED deep pressure and I would spend most of the session using elbows. She was a lot of work but worth the trouble :)
Tell us a little about yourself, if you were to pick something what would you like your clients to absolutely know about you?
I come from a decades long private sector career and I bring a strong and selfless work ethic to my bodywork. I am client centered and will always go out of my way to be sure you feel welcomed, looked after and satifsfied.