Do you remember your first client ? Tell us something about that first day when you decided to be a Masseur!
I started out by letting a lot of friends know I was practicing massage. So my first client was recommended by a friend, so I knew him already which made it easy to do. However, I do enjoy meeting new people a lot and have enjoyed all the new clients I've met through this website.
Do you consider yourself a successful Masseur?
Yes, most of my clients are entertainment-related types: artists, directors, photographers, fitness trainers, models, bodybuilders, agents, managers, publicists, writers, businessmen, health professionals and regular people in need of good bodywork and relaxation time to recharge.
What are your hobbies, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I have practiced all types of yoga for over 25 years, so am very in tune with how to stretch a body. I also love the beach, bodysurfing, photography, hiking, nature, eating healthy, movies, tv-series, screenwriting, and filmmaking.
How would you like someone that contacts you for a massage to feel when they leave?
Refreshed, recharged, rested, and relaxed.
Why did you become a Masseur?
I have always had the gift of intuitive touch and being able to feel what someone needs to relax and let go of energetically.
Tell us a little about yourself, if you were to pick something what would you like your clients to absolutely know about you?
I primarily work as a professional photographer (over 25 years), but I have always enjoyed going to day spas, natural hot springs, and learning new healing techniques. I graduated with a BA from UCLA film school and recently graduated from the UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting in 2019. I made some short films throughout the years which can be seen on my photography website: https://www.briantophoto.com/filmwork Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/briantophoto/
Some people say that being a Masseur is addictive. Would you miss your Masseur days ?
Yes, I have always loved giving a massage. It's fun to feel people relax, unwind, let go, breath in and out, and learn to simply be in the present moment with no worries.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be a Masseur?
Practice with friends and other masseurs to get feedback and learn new techniques.
What distinguishes you from all the other Masseurs?
I have this amazing outdoor 10 x 10 saltwater jacuzzi to help relax muscles to help melt away any stress from the day before the session. Also, I have very intuitive hands and an effortless healing touch that can feel how deep or light to go depending on the needs of the client.
How long have you been a Masseur and how long do think you'd like to continue?
About 24 years. I think I will always enjoy deepening my practice in the healing arts.
How often do you travel? Do you prefer to travel or are you more of a homebody?
I enjoy traveling occasionally to Europe but especially enjoy warm weathered beach cities with clean clear oceans and waves that are easy to bodysurf.
Is extensive training necessary for a Masseur in order to be successful?
I think basic training and working on a table is important, so a masseur can practice techniques and help align a body properly.
How do you like clients to feel about the experience when they leave?
Energized and inspired to start the next day.