Do you consider yourself a successful Masseur?
In terms of the impact the experience has on my clients and the kind of space we're able to co-create together. Definitely.
How long have you been a Masseur and how long do think you'd like to continue?
I've been a professional masseur since 2013 when I completed my training in Traditional Thai Massage - indulging a long held interest and curiosity in the art of massage and bodywork. I have other occupations beyond massage, but which tend to revolve around health and healing. Training in massage and bodywork is a powerful tool for self development and getting to know oneself and ones body - to that extent, I think providing massage and bodywork will always feature in my life whether it's professionally or just within my community.
How often do you travel? Do you prefer to travel or are you more of a homebody?
I love to travel. I travel long haul pretty infrequently, but I do have some plans to visit the US next year.
Other than that, I visit France, Germany, Portugal & Spain frequently and am very fond of my clients in these places.
I travelled in the east about nine years ago now but never managed to get to Japan or South Korea which I would love to visit. So if anyone would like me on hand for a stay in those places - would love to hear from you :)
Is extensive training necessary for a Masseur in order to be successful?
I think it depends on the practitioner. Some people have an intuition for touch - other people need a lot of structure and instruction to deliver informed touch. I know some incredible practitioners who have trained in numerous disciplines, who deliver the most fantastic work. I know other practitioners that find their home with a particular style and build on that dance through their own feeling, practice and inspiration.
It's true I'm yet to meet someone who hasn't had any training who has blew me away with their technique and approach! But I'm open minded.
For me, my training has been a blend of both formal and experiential and through that I have developed my own way of working and interacting with the body. I hope one day to pass this on as a unique way of working with the body erotically and sensually.
Why did you become a Masseur?
After graduating from university in 2013, with the bulk of my work being about understanding the different approaches of western medicine and alternative systems to the body – I knew I wanted to work with bodies myself.
I had traveled extensively in Thailand four years earlier and remember the relief of being able to experience massage three or four times a week and how the dynamism of the Thai style was so sensitive and restorative. Training in Thai Massage was an obvious decision – and on a recommendation from a friend, I took up a place with a school in London.
This was a fantastic introduction to the art of Thai Massage and I’ve gained some solid principles of working with people in that particular style. This way of working is coupled with my own philosophy and techniques I’ve picked up along the way from other healers, experience and research.
My practice has developed from there into a culmination of a traditional Thai approach with insights from training in yoga and Reichian Bodywork. Further, inspired by my own experiences in *** positive and tantric communities, I knew I wanted to work with men in a more involved way. That's how I arrived at where I am today.
What distinguishes you from all the other Masseurs?
My work is a unique blend of postural massage and floor based full body contact practice that I've never experienced at the hands of another masseur. I think my clients are always very surprised and pleased at the nature of the work.