1) Since you are a massage therapist/specialist, do you get massages on a regular basis and from whom? How do you unwind?
The physical demands of a massage therapist can be very taxing if proper measures are not taken to counter them. As a massage therapist with a full practice, I make it top priority to receive regular body work to continue to reinforce my physical health, mindfulness/awareness, and education. Trading services with other body-workers allows me to receive more frequently and helps me to establish a solid networking and referral community. I trade my services with other Thai Massage Practitioners, massage therapists, and acupuncturists. I always treat myself to a massage after I have given 10 massages, regardless if I have a trading partner or not. It is important for me as a massage therapist to continue to receive massage and other body work modalities; it serves as a source of inspiration and continued education. I try to receive from a variety of massage therapists with differing training backgrounds, specialties, and experience. This exchange is vital in furthering my skill set, creativity and passion for my trade.
2) What special things or techniques do you employ to prepare for your day? In other words, do you have to strengthen your arms and hands (do a special workout) to be able to perform your work? Do your hands and/or arms ever get tired?
I am a huge believer in not letting your work condition you; you must condition yourself for the work that you do. Despite the fact that I have a job that requires a constant state of movement (i.e. lifting, pushing, and pulling), the work can be quite repetitive and tough of the joints. I do quite a bit of preparation and self-care exercise to allow me to sustain 40 hour work weeks. Just as my massage practice is very diverse, so is my exercise and movement routine. I employ highly functional and practical workouts, which I like to call ‘Dynamic Movement Therapies’. This includes a strong yoga practice, Pilates, Gyrotonic and Gyrokenisis training. I also power hike Tumomac Hill 3 times a week to ensure I am achieving my maximum heart rate and optimizing my cardiovascular health. This activity continues to enhance and strengthen my physical and mental health, enabling me to inspire and encourage my clientele to live their best and healthiest life.
3) What is one thing about you (could be a personality trait) that most people don’t know about you but helps in your profession? Ex. I’m a doctor but I used to be a comedian, and this humor helps me ease patient anxiety.
One thing that people may not know about me is that I have a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Arizona in Tucson and have extensive training in Biological Sciences and years of research experience. During my undergraduate studies I worked in an Orthopedic Biomechanics Research Laboratory; our focus was to study bone growth and deformation at the site of hip and knee implants. My academic and research oriented background in biological systems has provided me with extra tools and resources that enhance my insight and complement the energetics of my work, thereby increasing the efficacy of my practice.
4) What is one adjective that would describe your line of work?
One adjective that describes my work is BALANCING. I am skilled in a variety of modalities, but they all work towards harnessing an individual’s vitalistic energy and facilitating its uniform distribution between the body, mind and spirit. All intentions are geared toward balancing the energetic body and providing the space for free flow of energy.
5) Where do you see yourself/your company in 10 years? What do you want to accomplish?
In 10 years I hope to have parlayed Legendary Massage into Legendary Massage and Functional Fitness Center. It will be an incredible facility containing a host of Dynamic Movement Therapies including: Gyrotonic, GyroKenisis, Yoga, and Pilates. In the center of it all will be the highest quality massage Tucson has to offer with Thai Massage and the Signature Legendary Massage being the core of the massage program. I hope to continue my practice of massage and Thai massage indefinitely and offer continuing education courses in Thai Massage and various massage techniques to other massage therapists.