Do you remember your first client ? Tell us something about that first day when you decided to be a Masseur!
I remember it like it was yesterday. I had just graduated from massage school and was excited to finally be on my own, although a little nervous to be honest. Andre came to my massage studio and it was an incredible experience. I think the biggest accomplishment to me is that still to this day, 10 years later, I still see him as a client and we have now become good friends.
Some people say that being a Masseur is addictive. Would you miss your Masseur days ?
I definitely would. And I did. I took a 5 year break and coming back to it, I realized how much I missed it. I'm obsessed with human anatomy, regardless of the shape, size, or age. And being there in the moment when you are massaging, exchanging your energy, is something really special. I think that is what makes me stand out from other therapists. I enjoy what I do and I am connected to my client as I work on them. Some other therapists, which I have experienced, are there for the money, and many aren't even trained. Not me. For me massage is a shared journey between client and therapist.
Do you consider yourself a successful Masseur?
Hehe. I consider myself blessed. I am blessed enough to have enough clients to work everyday and see from 6-8 clients per day. 90% of my clients come back. And the outpouring love and messages from them makes me believe that I am doing a good job :)
What are your hobbies, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I live a very peaceful life. I don't usually go out to parties. I'm more a go to bed early kind of guy. My hobbies are traveling, writing music, watching movies and going to restaurants. Occasionally, I would invite some friends over and play some video games. :-)
What distinguishes you from all the other Masseurs?
I think a few things: #1 My technique. I have extensive training in massage therapy so that sets me apart from many people, even from people who also went to school, because I didn't stop learning at school, I still to this day keep taking workshops, etc. Even at this moment I'm starting a certification in Thai Massage. #2 My energy. My job as a therapist isn't just to heal the body, but also to assist in the healing of the state of mind. My job is for my client to leave my studio refreshed, like a new person. I am committed to transforming my clients not just physically but mentally.
How long have you been a Masseur and how long do think you'd like to continue?
I have been a therapist for over 10 years now. I'm hoping I'll continue for many more years.
Is extensive training necessary for a Masseur in order to be successful?
I do not think that extensive training is required to be a successful masseur. But technique is the foundation of a great massage. After the technique is mastered the intuition and connection with the client becomes the most important. I have met many certified therapists who give mediocre massages as I have met many unlicensed therapists who give incredible massages. Technique, intuition, connection, and most importantly, enjoying to do it, as I do.
How would you like someone that contacts you for a massage to feel when they leave?
Well, most importantly I want them to feel like they got a great quality massage. For me it is all about the experience and those who have come to see me know that having a session with me is an euphoric experience. I have had no complaints so far :)
How often do you travel? Do you prefer to travel or are you more of a homebody?
I love to travel. It is my favorite hobby. I have been to every continent so far and the more adventurous the trip the better. However, when I am in New York I am a homebody. I rarely go out to clubs or bars. I usually like to stay at home and watch movies with my doggies and relax. Nothing like a good glass of wine, a good movie, and good company :)
Why did you become a Masseur?
I became a Masseur because I am obsessed with the male body. Doesn't matter how old you are or the shape you are in, the human anatomy has always interested me. I noticed I had a talent when I used to massage friends and they recognized my skills, so I decided to study and take it to the professional level. Now I am still in love with the human anatomy but I get to connect with people as well, which is something I enjoy very much.