How do you describe your approach to massage?
I like to approach the body as a whole unit. Even when working on specific issues; it’s necessary to consider all the relationships happening within the body and those in the outside world. To do so, it’s very important for me to listen. Each client will present with different situations, goals and lifestyles; and it’s my responsibility to adjust to those factors. Another big part of my practice is the educative part. I like to empower people to take ownership of their well-being, by making it easy for them to understand and apply the information.
What led to you practicing massage?
It was a combination of my athletic background of cycling & running and the simple desire to help people in a meaningful way. I was dealing with knee and hip pain when I started training for my first half-marathon back in 2009; and at that time I knew very like about the importance of having a diligent, well-rounded training plan. I visited a sport medicine doctor and I was happily surprised about how about much manual therapy she performed and that I walked out of her office without a drug prescription. After a few visits, I was back to running with no pain AND I had learned what to do to prevent it from happening again. Over the next few months I kept crossing paths with different pieces of information and situations, that were all pointing to the bodywork industry; until the curiosity was enough to make me request a tour at a local massage school. After my chat with the school staff; I didn’t really know why, but I knew that’s where I needed to be. And the rest is history, ha!
What is the most valuable lesson you have learned through massage?
You’re always a student.
What do you like most about Austin Massage Company?
The flexibility, support and resources the therapists receive. Oh, and it’s 5mins away from home!