Do you remember your first client ? Tell us something about that first day when you decided to be a Masseur!
I was in high school and during the lunch break I was asked to give some shoulder massage on my friends. Not entirely sure of what I was doing but receiving amazing feedback that led me to take up on an introductory massage course in 2000. Still shy and unsure I kept doing it only on my friends and family and 10 years later I then started on a professional level.
Some people say that being a Masseur is addictive. Would you miss your Masseur days ?
I don’t believe it is addictive but the fact you work for yourself not many can pay for that.
I would most definitely miss my masseur days and the feeling of bringing some comfort and help people to get their bodies in shape.
Do you consider yourself a successful Masseur?
Most definitely YES!
What I certainly didn’t think I’d be able to do as a massage therapist was to travel the globe and this is basically what massage (and yoga for I’m a yoga teacher too) has provided me with the past 10 years.
Being successful doesn’t mean making loads of money but being able to not only work but enjoy the wonders of this beautiful world we all happen to share with each other.
Tell us a little about yourself, if you were to pick something what would you like your clients to absolutely know about you?
Since I started with massage I have been told my hands got a good pair of eyes because I seem to work exactly where it needs to be worked.
I can be picky (with myself and others) and when it comes to professionalism I tend to deliver beyond of what’s of my reach.
Massage for me is a lifestyle and most certainly an exchange of energy. So when I’m working my mind is totally present at what I’m doing and all that is known when the work is done and a sense of relief is on the face of every single person I come across with regardless of age/race/religion/etc...
How would you like someone that contacts you for a massage to feel when they leave?
I have come to understand that most of the things we do is for the sake of money.
I sincerely have no expectations from my clients side but I do know what I want to deliver to them when I’m working.
They’ll definitely feel lighter, stretched, even taller but above all with the feeling they got what they came for...a good and professional treatment.
What are your hobbies, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I read constantly, non-fiction though. That’s how I’m trying to de-hypnotize a conditioned mind.
I enjoy silence so every time is a good time to seat with myself with eyes closed contemplating the internal universe.
It seems I’m always on the go...for a place I’ve never been to or just visiting friends I’ve made all over the world.
Why did you become a Masseur?
Friends incentive and the belief I can help people to minimize their constant struggle to hold their bodies up from specially working at the office.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be a Masseur?
Do it - not for the money
Have it clear the work you do is to help others...and don’t mix it.
Work is Work
Pleasure is Pleasure
Unfortunately massage is associated to something else, which is fine, for everyone is responsible for their own choices...
What distinguishes you from all the other Masseurs?
I don’t know other masseurs work and I’m not here to judge anyone.
I can only speak for myself and I know where I come from and the amount of money/time I haven invested to be the professional I am today - that should be enough to be different from others.
How long have you been a Masseur and how long do think you'd like to continue?
My first introductory course was at the end of 2000 when I was still underage. Because I wasn’t sure what I wanted I kept doing it on friends and family and only 10 years later when I moved to Australia I started working on people that were recommended to me.
There I studied and felt I was gaining more confidence and ofter leaving Australia in 2012 I travelled to India and Thailand and ever since I have not stopped working.
As for how long I shall continue that will depend on how long my body will allow me to...knowing that I combine yoga with massage I’m sure I still have a long way to go...hopefully.
How often do you travel? Do you prefer to travel or are you more of a homebody?
I have been traveling the past 8 years.
Anywhere is home
And everywhere there’s someone in need of a good pair of hands.
Wherever I go is a good place to be, that’s my motto!
Is extensive training necessary for a Masseur in order to be successful?
For simple reason like knowing what you’re doing and how you are doing it.
It is important also the refresh the knowledge we have, for it is never too much to learn from those who know or have something to teach us.
Also this is how a person/client can distinguish an expert from a beginner or even a charlatan.
You can pretend once but you won’t be able to pretend always and you don’t have to say much for the work of a masseur lies on his hands and when this is done properly people will come back to you wherever you are.
How do you like clients to feel about the experience when they leave?
I deliver a good work not expecting anything but knowing they’ll have THE EXPERIENCE and if that’s not the case I do not even charge, for now, after so many years in the field, I do not do it for the money (tho it is necessary to keep me going) but I do it in order to help alleviate any pain or discomfort the people I come across with...and not even ONCE I had someone with an unpleasant experience.