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SHAUN (www.manworks.com/ShaunMassage) is a CERTIFIED MASSEUR in New York City who has four years of experience under his belt after graduating from the Swedish Institute, College of Health Sciences. His knowledge and passion for massage therapy sets him apart from many other masseurs and bodyworkers as he works to specificaly cater to and tailor each massage session to every individual and unique body. Learn more about SHAUN and book him for a massage today!
For how long have you been working as a bodyworker/masseur, and what is your specialty?
I graduated from the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences in August 2010, within weeks I started my first job as an LMT. During my training I took a liking to Easter modalities, such as tui na, shiatsu, accupressure, and qi gong, and have learned to incorporate those with every session. My specialty would have to be foot reflexology, it’s assured to have you asleep in my hands while addressing specific needs throughout your body.
Why did you initially become a masseur? What is your favorite part about the job?
Massage was something I knew nothing about growing up, but touch was always incorporated in my life. I’ve always been someone who wants to see others happy, relaxed, and feeling good. Massage was introduced to me after a personal experience, a reiki session, which brought my energy back into me and paved the way for all that has and is still to come.
My absolute favorite part about massage is the clientele with whom I work. Getting to meet so many bodies and energies and working with, learning from, teaching, and most importantly being able to help them is amazing to me. Massage is more in-depth than most would know- the connection between the body physically, emotionally, energetically, and habitually is phenomenal.
What other techniques do you incorporate into your massages, or influence your approach?
Lately I’ve come to love fascial release, and it’s making a huge difference in my clients’ lifestyles. Medical massage is a new certification I am going for weekly, so each with it’s an in-depth review of releasing fascia, muscles, joints, ligaments, and energy in an amazing practical way. A deep tissue muscle rub always feels good and does very necessary things, but when you approach the body slower, deeper, and more honed in to an area the ability to shift and moves becomes that much more enjoyable for me while also benefiting the client.
Aromatherapy and cupping are also fond techniques I’ve since picked up. Every session has a totally different approach. I can walk in with a game plan, but the client’s body may have a different strategy. I work with what I’m given, so a big part of my influence with massage is the thing with which I am presented. I’d have nothing to work for if I didn’t have all of these lovely knotted, tension-filled, stressed out New Yorkers to help out!
When working with a new client or newcomer to massage therapy, how do you make them feel comfortable and relaxed under your touch?
Not to toot my own horn but I have an extremely warm and inviting personality. I am very clear with my words, am sociable, relatable, and highly tuned in to every action and word of the client. I’ve developed a pretty good sense, after having touched well over 4,000 bodies by now, of how to approach someone and make them feel comfortable. The locations I do massage therapy are always warm, well-lit, professional, and full of good energy. They know they will be in good hands, literally!
Have you ever had a client mistake your services with escorting? How do you handle those situations?
It’s something that comes up; a term such as “licensed sex worker” is often how they will boldly chuckle and ask what else I could do for them. It’s honestly what you make of it. It’s a quick confirmation saying something along the lines of “this is a therapeutic massage,” and if that’s something they don’t or won’t understand then I would kindly and safely excuse myself from the room and wait until they come out and leave. I paid my dues and studied hard at the Swedish Institute to make a difference.
What is the most important quality one needs to continue having a successful and lasting career in massage therapy?
Passion; you have to love, explore, have fun with, and create it. Artists have canvases, I have bodies and and each one is as unique as the one before it. I love what I do, I love how much more aware the world is to massage, and how receptive people are to the power of touch.