Do you remember your first client ? Tell us something about that first day when you decided to be a Masseur!
I do and he’s still a close friend of mine since that day. I had just returned from the war and didn’t know how my life was going to be after leaving the Army. I had previously gone to massage school but September 11th happened and It changed my life. I remember everything came right back to me with that first real session: it calmed me even though I was putting so much physical work into type session.. it was a nice escape from me worrying about my Army buddies I left behind. I was hooked ever since.
Some people say that being a Masseur is addictive. Would you miss your Masseur days ?
Yes, it’s a cool thing to practically vacation into the lives of your clients for an hour at a time. I get to learn as much as they wish to talk about, I get to fix their bodies and relax their stress level. It’s very rewarding to actually see and feel a dramatic difference during the session.
Do you consider yourself a successful Masseur?
Humbly yes, I’ve been able to live comfortably with this as my primary job. I’ve helped many people by just being there, people don’t realize that beyond the physical massage part of my job: I also get to be a friend and therapist in a way. I’m that one person outside of their life they can vent too. So successful in keeping my morguage paid and food in my belly as well as success in the people I’ve helped: it’s a complete yen yang relationship.
Tell us a little about yourself, if you were to pick something what would you like your clients to absolutely know about you?
I love to grapple : submission wrestling/ Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a huge part of my life : it’s helped me with master body control and grip strength. Surfing is also a passion of mine (I’m from Hawaii : so that’s pretty normal I guess).
How would you like someone that contacts you for a massage to feel when they leave?
Satisfied that the time was well spent.
What are your hobbies, what do you like to do in your spare time?
Surfing, riding motorcycles, and lifting weights
Why did you become a Masseur?
Somethings you just realize we’re well suited for your personal strengths. Massage suits me better than any job on the planet.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be a Masseur?
Don’t do it, you’ll be my competition... lol
What distinguishes you from all the other Masseurs?
Beyond my easy going personality: my anoint of effort: I’m FAR from lazy and never flaky. I’ve never missed a session that is booked. I’ve alwsys shown up: even if I received requests for a closer or better paying session. Once booked : it’s locked in for me and during the session: you have 110% of my effort. I never do things half ass.
How long have you been a Masseur and how long do think you'd like to continue?
A decade and as long as I have the strength: all said and done: it’s quite a physically demanding job.
How often do you travel? Do you prefer to travel or are you more of a homebody?
I travel up to NYC from Miami for a week every month during the hurricane season (June- November). And in Southbeach, I travel as far as Ft Lauderdale.
Is extensive training necessary for a Masseur in order to be successful?
Successful, I’ll be the first to say no... I’ve had a lot of training but to be honest: I could have been successful with only half of what I know. Putting in effort, being reliable, and having a great personality are as valuable as knowing isometric motion of muscles, and cross fiber friction.
But keeping long term clients : (something I revel in).. that takes training.
How do you like clients to feel about the experience when they leave?
Satisfied: on my old web posting: I had many wonderful reviews.. to bad that famous massage site is having issues woth the feds. I’ve been blessed I’ve rhre years in making lifelong friends that were or still are clients.. that’s what I consider a job well done :)