Do you remember your first client ? Tell us something about that first day when you decided to be a Masseur!
My first 'client' was an elderly woman in massage school clinic.
Up until that point I had been rubbing my classmates' backs and bums, and pretty much knew I could get away with cursory intake questions and the like.
During the massage, she gave me the greatest compliment, "I just had an epiphany.", and with a lazy grin she looked up at me and smiled. She smiled for the rest of the session.
Some people say that being a Masseur is addictive. Would you miss your Masseur days ?
Well, 'addictive' wouldn't be the right word for my experience. Fulfilling, yes. Especially when you have a hand at making someone's life better, even for an hour.
Do you consider yourself a successful Masseur?
Technically, I just started. Ask me that in a year or so.
Tell us a little about yourself, if you were to pick something what would you like your clients to absolutely know about you?
I was a geek growing up. A real geek, not one of the chisled underwear models that abuse that moniker on Scruff or Grindr.
I was the kind of geek that got thrown into garbage cans and hid in dusty grade school attics reading books to escape my everday life. (If you know this film reference, then just smile and nod.)
I learned early on that chasing after luckdragons wasn't always a practical pasttime. I had to look inside to find out who I was.
At 44, I still feel like I'm 14 sometimes. I'm not a child at heart as much as a regular dude still learning and searching.
What does that have to do my massage practice?
Ha! Beats me...
(Pulls out the Xbox controller and starts playing a modded version of Skyrim.)
How would you like someone that contacts you for a massage to feel when they leave?
Like they're floating.
What are your hobbies, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I am a writer, and enjoy reading about spirituality and world religion. I have made short films in the past, but am focused more on writing nowadays. (I just finished my second book.) I will be going back to college in August for a Kinesiology degree, the ultimate goal is to become a physical or occupational therapist, while the education in massage therapy will be ongoing.
Why did you become a Masseur?
For many reasons, but the mainly life changes and that I had a desire to 'help' people.
When I was laid off from an Aviation Insurance job in 2015, I decided to switch gears and careers. I went to massage school. Since then I've fully embraced being a massage therapist and have been much happier ever since.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be a Masseur?
Get legit training in different massage styles. Learn a little anatomy, physiology and kinseology.
When you do start giving massage, be clear to potential clients about your professional bounderies. Consider your massage room as sacred space. Be as clear with written communication as humanly possible.
And for the love of all that's green and good, bathe and don't eat onions or garlic before a session.
What distinguishes you from all the other Masseurs?
I view massage as medicine. I am trained in massage therapy, and don't simply offer a rub and tug. Not that there isn't value in that, but with men that come to me, they can be sure that they'll leave feeling cared for. That type of care is more than skin deep.
I'm here to help them heal, whether it be for muscle issues, or for relaxation and touch sessions. The exchange of masculine energy can, by itself be very healing.
How long have you been a Masseur and how long do think you'd like to continue?
I've been a massage therapist for three years now.
I'm in it for the long haul. I have interest in learning other modalities like cranial sacral therapy and polarity, as well as myofascia techniques and eventually osteopathy. That's a lot of learning there, :-)
How often do you travel? Do you prefer to travel or are you more of a homebody?
I enjoy traveling, but consider myself more of a homebody. It's pretty much reflected in my workspace, which feels comfortable and personal. It's why I only do incalls at the moment.
Is extensive training necessary for a Masseur in order to be successful?
Yes and no. There are some people who are natural talents, but with training and daily practice it improves the tools the therapist has at their disposal.
In my opinion you should always be learning new techniques and learn anatomy, it will help give you value as a therapist in the long term.
Knowledge of anatomy, physiology and kinesiology should be required of all MT's.
How do you like clients to feel about the experience when they leave?
Happy, floaty, and chill. :-)