Do you consider yourself a successful Masseur?
I think so, my clients become regular, and friends, I guess it's a sign !
How would you like someone that contacts you for a massage to feel when they leave?
Happy, satisfied, fully relaxed, I enjoy when I leave and I see the person is about to fall asleep after an intense session of relaxation !
Some people say that being a Masseur is addictive. Would you miss your Masseur days ?
A lot, the intimacy between a masseur and his client is very unique !
We are there to make sure he's satisfied, and also listen to his body language / feedback to make sure to adapt the technique. This is something very rewarding for the masseur, seeing the client is fully relaxed and reactive.
Do you remember your first client ? Tell us something about that first day when you decided to be a Masseur!
I do remember, he was a straight guy who absolutely wanted to be touched by another guy, but didn't want to tell her girlfriend. He was so shy and at the same time excited, we had a great session, and he left very happy and satisfied he could trust me to put my hands on him.
Is extensive training necessary for a Masseur in order to be successful?
The training is important, but the empathy, feedback and touch is important.
You can have the technique, if you don't put all your heart in what you are doing, you miss the magic of a good massage !
How often do you travel? Do you prefer to travel or are you more of a homebody?
I travel all the time !
How long have you been a Masseur and how long do think you'd like to continue?
I've started to do massages in 1993, I think I'll go on as long as my body allows it !
What distinguishes you from all the other Masseurs?
I think we all have our specialty and also different personality.
I do like people, I show a lot of empathy and I always try to put myself in my client's shoes to know what he wants / needs (And sometimes doesn't dare to ask !)
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be a Masseur?
Start but getting a lot of massages yourself to see what feels really good.
Don't be afraid to ask for feedback ! Be sincere, be yourself and don't see it as just a job, it's more than this because the masseur shares a lot with his clients !
Why did you become a Masseur?
In 1993, I was a part of a Rugby team and I broke my tailbone, I couldn't play anymore ... so I became the team's masseur. I studied then got addicted, and massaging all those big ***y rugby guys was so much fun !
What are your hobbies, what do you like to do in your spare time?
A lot of hiking and camping in the wild is my retreat !