How long have you been a masseur/bodyworker?
How did you become interested in massage as a profession?
Intiatly I hadn’t even thought about it but a friend wanted help in assisting him with 4-hand massage work. He sent me off to do a course in Swedish massage. Once I started seeing clients, they commented on how great my hands were, and that I was a natural. I felt then it was some sort of divine intervention that I had been introduced to the profession this way.
What do you consider your specialty?
I combine Swedish, Thai, and Lomi-Lomi when working on my clients. One of the moves I’ve perfected is placing my closed thighs either side of the client while sitting on their back I then slide my thighs down ether side of their body using as much pressure I think the client can take. I don’t have a name for this move, but it’s definitly my speciality
What kinds of things do you do to ensure that you are able to give clients the best bodywork experience they can get?
A ten minute consulation to begin with. It’s about the client feeling comfortable with me before we start, which I think is very important.
We also go over the products I’m going to use to make sure the client doesn’t have problem skin and allergies etc. I feel i’m very inclusive also regardless of gender, sexuality, disability or body shape. Everyone deserves a great service!
I also offer discount offers to those booking in advance or if its a call out and the distance is not so far I sometimes waive my outcall fee.
The best exchange between myself and a client is knowing that I’ve relieved them of their knots and pains, and having them tell me it’s the best massage they’ve had in a long time.
Do you get massages yourself? If so how often?
It’s imperative that I receive massages as often as I can from men and women. I like anything from Thai to Shiatsu massage. As long as it is professional and the service is good. I have had really bad massages from guys who have oversold themselves because they may have had great bodies and felt that was enough.
For me technique is at the top of the list when going for a massage and also a masseur who is in-tune with in what they are doing.
What other self-care advice would you like to share with us?
I think after one has trained as a masseur, you notice when someone’s body is a little unbalanced. Say one shoulder higher than another. If you do carry a bag on one shoulder everyday, change it to the other shoulder occasionally.
We live in a world where the environment can be very harsh on our skin. Everyone should moisturize - faces and bodies - regardless of whether you think you should or not.
Try one new thing every year which challenges your body in a different way, running, swimming, yoga, etc. Its not just the outer body you need to look after but your heart also.
What is one thing that you would recommend to clients who are new to massage?
Ask as many questions as you need to. Don’t be afraid to say your new to this and ask any question you may have on your mind. Most massage therapists have heard and seen everything, believe me.
For example dont be afraid to ask whether you should disrobe completely or not. Salons generally like you to keep your underwear on whereas independent masseurs, like myself believe that a full-body massage is exactly that. So in my sessions - underwear off, and a towel for your modesty is provided for when you turn over.
But every masseur is different, and you need to communicate with the beforehand so you get exactly what you want.
The main thing most new clients are concerned about when going to a masseur for the first time is about getting an erection. This again is perfectly normal, regardless of whether your covered or not. The whole art of massage is about relaxation and touch and response. Men’s bodies respond differently, and as I said earlier a good masseur has seen about everything so don’t be embarrassed that your masseur is judging you.
What do you enjoy the most about doing massage/bodywork?
I love bodies generally no matter what shape and size! It’s great to see how individuals react to touch. I thoroughly enjoy when someone becomes like putty in my hands and they leave my treatment feeling a whole lot better than when they arrived!
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