Since becoming a professional massage therapist in 2000, I’ve has consistently helped thousands of clients manage their back pain with a combination of deep tissue work, cupping and stretching. In 2002, I began a career-long tradition of continuing study by being trained in Tuina—the art of Chinese massage—at the world famous Olympic Training Center in Beijing, China.
As an orthopedic massage therapist, I specialize in treating chronic pain and sports injuries and helping restore proper range of motion. In 2006, I became certified as a medical massage practitioner, giving me the knowledge and ability to work with physicians in a complementary healthcare partnership.
When I’m not helping clients manage their back pain, I’m teaching workshops on how to incorporate massage cupping into a bodywork practice.
For the past four consecutive years, I’ve been awarded the Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor given annually to approximately 5 percent of all the companies rated on Angie’s List, the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews about local service companies.
How Did He Get into Massage?
After college, motivated to make a difference in the world, I decided to volunteer and teach English in Costa Rica. On returning home, I continued teaching English at a prominent language school, but realized that I had lost my passion for the profession.
Deciding to become a massage therapist was deeply influenced by growing up with a filmmaker father whose life was inundated with pain patches, neck braces and high stress. The countless hours perched behind his editors like a crazed puppeteer, took an inevitable toll on his body and well-being.
For as long as I can remember, my father had a standing weekly massage appointment to manage his aches and pains. He would return noticeably more relaxed and less cranky.
Seeing how my father benefited from regular massage, I decided to book a session with his massage therapist in efforts to explore the idea of changing careers and becoming a massage therapist. The massage experience made such a positive impact on me that I quickly enrolled in massage therapy school and soon after realized my true calling.
The majority of my clients seek me out for help with relief of chronic and acute back pain. For some, a 60- or 90-minute massage is enough to make them magically float off my table feeling rejuvenated and pain-free. However, countless clients crave advice about what they can do outside the treatment room to manage their pain. I wanted to provide them with a sequence of stretches, strengthening exercises and self-massage methods that would give them control over their pain, and that’s where the idea for my back pain book, Back To The Past materialized.