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Going Strong – How I Avoided Burn Out as a Massage Therapist

It is an unfortunate fact that most massage therapists burn out and quit the industry after less than 2 years. Right now, whether you have just graduated massage school or have been in the industry for a while I want to share my tips for avoiding burnout.

Self-Care

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One of the biggest factors of burnout for me is exhaustion, it absolutely kills my drive and drags my whole week down. Now it may confuse you to learn that the best way to avoid exhaustion is to exercise, something many people associate with being exhausted, however, a consistent workout schedule will not only energize you but will also increase your natural energy reservoir allowing you to expend yourself for longer and more often.

With exercising more often you will also need to keep yourself limber, always stretch before and after your workouts! It helps prevent injury and helps you bounce back quicker after exercising. On the topic of stretching, I have not met anyone who does not recommend yoga, it can be your workout, stretch and meditation wrapped up all into one package! If I could provide you with one tip toward making yourself happier it would be to start regularly doing yoga.

Focus on Quality, Not Quantity

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A lot of therapists I have met are terrified of increasing their prices, this is because they do not think they provide a service worth paying the higher price for, and honestly, if they believe it, it becomes true. They need to raise the quality of their work to be able to become comfortable with charging more. Keep your attention on providing the best massage to your clients that you can, and they will come out of it ready and willing to make another appointment.

You will want to be able to furnish clients with offers that your competition lacks, building your niche of the market around the specialized massage you can supply. Learning techniques such as Thai massage, Deep tissue, sports, and Reiki can assist in launching your business even further than you could have predicted.

Work Smart

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We have all heard “work smarter not harder” so often that most of us probably are more likely to elicit a groan at the pithy quote than to be reminded of its meaning. You do not have to reinvent the wheel; people have been experimenting and have discovered more massage techniques than you could hope to learn in a lifetime. Discovering each of these help with your transition into the “working smarter” side of the saying, however, it can be and is an awfully slow process without help, practice and experiment is the way you will get that desired hands-on experience, however, it is a bad idea to practice brand new techniques on your clients. The greatest way to get this practice in is to locate yourself a massage trading partner! The best group to practice on will be your fellow graduates, you already know them, and it will give them a chance to practice as well. I still have friends that I trade massages with from 10 years ago.

About Eric:

Eric has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2010. He is an expert healer with an alternative approach, and he is dedicated to helping my clients move through a wide range of physical, emotional, and spiritual transitions in the most efficient and transformative way possible. Now he coaches bodyworkers and health solopreneurs in their journey to fulfillment. Join expert therapists and experience the massage community with his Facebook group: The Happy, Successful Massage Therapist.

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Boise, Idaho Modalities

5 Different Types of Massage to Experience

You might be confused with all of the specialized services that massage therapists offer. By having knowledge about the different modalities, you can, as a client, choose a practitioner who really knows what they’re doing.

1.     Deep Tissue

An image of a woman receving a massage

One of the most common requests my therapists at MassagEric get from new clients is for deep tissue because they can “handle a lot of pressure”. Many massage therapists, both beginner, and veteran, also hold this erroneous view that more pressure = better massage, and that any situation just needs a good pain tolerance and some elbow grease.

My guys at MassagEric give the perfect amount of pressure that your muscles and body need. They use intuitive judgment and perception to understand where your body is currently at and what it can handle.

2.     Thai

Thai Map of Thailand with Cambodia.
It may surprise you to learn that the Thai style of massage originates from Thailand…

Another massage that is rising in popularity is Thai. Here at MassagEric, we are one of the only businesses in the entire Idaho Treasure Valley to do Thai massage, including in Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Caldwell Kuna, and Garden City.

Although it might look like an odd form of yoga, a Thai massage is much more with the therapist guiding the client into each of the positions, applying pressure in key areas to maximize relief, and helping the client into positions that they might not otherwise be able to get into unassisted. Thai massages are known for increasing the function of your immune system and helping with headaches, migraines, anxiety, and back pain.

3.     Hot Stone Therapy

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Hot stones are pretty toasty. Watch out.

Hot stone massage probably originated from massage therapists getting bored and seeing what they could use to massage their clients besides their own appendages. A hot stone massage is traditionally believed to increase your appetite, give you better posture, and increase the rate in which your body recovers from injury. Although there is no real evidence to back up those aforementioned claims, a hot stone massage does still increase the benefits of a massage if not also providing an interesting diversion from the norm.

4.     Lymphatic

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These are not massage beds, however, people whom you perform a lymphatic massage on will be familiar with them.

Used in the treatment of lymphedema, a lymphatic massage is used to help drain buildups of fluid after a mastectomy or other surgeries that call for the removal of the lymph nodes. Lymphatic massages have been linked with helping post-op clients with

  • Stress levels.
  • The vitality of their skin
  • Their immune system.

A lymphatic massage does not need to be performed on a client that has no medical need for it.

5.     Sports

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You don’t have to be a depressed robot if you don’t want to be.

Another great massage to beef out your repertoire, sports massages are used before or after events by athletes, professionals, and aspiring amateurs. An advanced form of stretching, sports massage can help reduce the likelihood of injury and help you recover from your sporty exertions. There are ties with sports massages and a better range of motion, a reduction in muscle tension and spasms. Although there are many other claimed benefits to sports massages a good many have no real evidence backing them, so be careful what you advertise to your clients.

Afterward

Trying all of these massages should be a smooth and relaxing process. Feel free to book online with us at www.MassagEric.com to try out all of the above modalities.

Written in Boise, Idaho. We serve the Meridian, Kuna, Eagle, Nampa, and Caldwell districts as well.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the incredible amounts of deep inner work that are required for life and work. Change happens one step at a time with Deegear Coaching.

About the author:

Eric Deegear is an entrepreneur, author, therapist, motivational speaker & business coach. He holds a psychology degree and several therapeutic licenses. After creating and applying successful principles in his personal life, he began to utilize his skills professionally to help those looking to change their lives for the better. Drop him a line for any questions, comments, or love-notes.

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Boise, Idaho Self-improvement for massage therapists

4 Steps to Becoming a Badass Massage Therapist

Want to experience life as an awesome bodyworker, helping people and changing lives? Here are my top 4 steps to achieve this goal. Enjoy!

Find your niche

Cliffside massage? Sure there could be a market for that.
Cliffside massage? Sure there could be a market for that.

An incredibly important part of your massage business is to specialize in a more exclusive corner of the market. Clients will naturally gravitate to massage therapists with unique specialties and you set yourself apart by having skills only shared by a few.

You may find that there are clients who you won’t be able to serve due to lacking the knowledge of every specialization, but that’s perfectly fine. You don’t need to know everything for every client that passes, instead, focus on attracting the right clients who will pick you for being awesome in your niche.

Trade often

It’s like they say: “Friendship is magic.”

The best way to improve at massage is to practice and experiment, however I wouldn’t recommend practicing brand new techniques on your clients. The greatest way to get this practice in is to constantly find yourself new bodyworkers to trade with!

Constantly cultivating several massage-trade contacts serves as not only beneficial practice for you, but also gives your finger on the pulse of what the best parts of massage are. By receiving bodywork, you remind yourself of why you do what you do and maintain motivation to help others feel the same way.

Work smarter, not harder

Get a little notepad to write down all those smart things in your head!
Get a little notepad to write down all those smart things in your head!

Don’t run your fingers to the bone! It is completely fine to raise your prices a bit, as long as it is within reason for the service provided. Charging your clients a price that reflects the value you are providing them serves as an equal exchange of energy which will leave both parties satisfied and the universe in balance.

In fact, an easy way to know if you are charging too little for your work is to research local prices. If you are the cheapest massage therapist in your area, that’s not a great sign. You want to be Apple, not Walmart. When you charge the cheapest price, your prospective clients will assume that you are providing the cheapest experience. You’ll find that they treat you accordingly and unsurprisingly, it affects your perception of your work as well.

Find someone who is ahead of you

If knowledge is power then a mentor is a wind turbine.

Every day, you will face hundreds of thousands of negative sources trying to force their way into your ears and eyes, doing their damnedest to discourage and demoralize you from following your dreams. At times like these, it’s always good to have someone at your back to provide advice, encouragement, and knowledge.

Finding a good mentor or business coach is one of the best things you can do to help with your growing massage business. Investing in extra support from an expert who is familiar with the challenges you are currently facing will vastly improve your business and your results will definitely experience a quantum-leap forward!

That’s why I started Deegear Coaching and my Massage Success program, where we take these principles and apply them to the unique challenges you face in your practice. If you are interested in how I can help you avoid burnout, achieve happiness and success in your own business, you can reach me at [email protected] or join our Facebook group.

Afterward

You can be a badass therapist too! I hope you’ll take some time today to look at what you are doing now and where it is leading you. Ask yourself where you want to go and who you want to be, so you can make that course correction necessary for achieving a happy & successful career.

About Eric:

Eric has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2010. He is an expert healer with an alternative approach, and he is dedicated to helping my clients move through a wide range of physical, emotional, and spiritual transitions in the most efficient and transformative way possible. Now he coaches bodyworkers and health solopreneurs in their journey to fulfillment. Join expert therapists and experience massage community with his Facebook group: The Happy, Successful Massage Therapist.

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Boise, Idaho

COVID-19 Massage Cleanliness Procedures

For the duration of the pandemic, I have decided to double down on my cleaning protocols for the safety and confidence of my clients.


How I Clean My Massage Table

This is a dramatic recreation of my landry room.

My massage table is the most frequently used tool among my massage arsenal if fact I use it for just about every massage! After every massage, when a client leaves, I remove the dirty linens and place them in the hamper.

Using disinfectant wipes, I clean the face cradle pillow and frame, killing any possible bacteria or germs. I also wipe down the doorhandles, lightswitch, coat hooks and table to make sure that no virus can contaminate the next client. Lastly, I re-dress the table with a fresh change of sheets. I make sure to wash my sheets with regular detergent or bleach if needed.

Although the table never comes into direct contact with anyone’s body, I believe thoroughness is of paramount importance for the health of my clients.


Cleaning My Additional Massage Gear.

I wash my tools of the trade like I am being paid to, because I am.

For my hot stones, cupping cups, and massage gun, I always use similar practices. Hot stones usually become slick with the cream used, so they require soapy hot water for cleaning, followed by a final rinse.

I give a thorough wipe-down to the cleaning cups and massage gun with disinfectant wipes, spending extra time in the nooks and crevices as these tools come in direct contact with the client’s skin. These consistent practices remove any germs that clients may have unwittingly brought into my holy temple (aka the massage room).


Interpersonal cleanliness.

Maybe not quite this much.

I perform a full surgeon scrub before and in-between my sessions for the day. This involves washing with soap up to my elbows, forearms, backs of hands, in the finger webbing and even under the fingernails.

In addition to the above, as a testament to the safety of my clients, I plan to wear a facemask during the entire massage. I recommend that all clients wear a facemask themselves and use the hand sanitizer which is readily available upon the client table within the massage room.


I believe only the best and cleanest is worth the time of my clients and I endeavor to always do my best to help them relax.

See you soon!

If you are still concerned and want to ask questions or are happy with these precautions and would like to book an appointment, please text me at (208) 254-1982 or email me at [email protected]


About Eric:

Eric has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2010. He is an expert healer with an alternative approach, and he is dedicated to helping my clients move through a wide range of physical, emotional, and spiritual transitions in the most efficient and transformative way possible. Now he coaches bodyworkers and health solopreneurs in their journey to fulfillment. Join expert therapists and experience massage community with his Facebook group: The Happy, Successful Massage Therapist.

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Boise, Idaho Lifestyle

Coronavirus Update: Should I get a massage?

Need a good immune system booster that will give you the edge in fending off the flu and coronavirus? Massages are much more helpful in preventing you from getting sick than gargling vinegar or buying toilet paper.


Protect your body

White bloods cells help your body ward off infection.

Studies have shown that persons who have received massage therapy have more lymphocytes in their blood than before the massage. Lymphocytes are a subtype of white blood cells consisting of T cells, B cells, and natural killer cells.

These T and B cells identify and eliminate bacteria and viruses which plague humans and are our number one predators in the modern age. Natural killer cells are our bodies’ first line of defense against infections and tumors. (Read more about Lymphocytes on Wikipedia) This means that you stand less at risk of getting sick and will be prone to recover faster if your immune cells are healthy.

The benefits of massage, reduced stress and increased white blood cells, could together help your body fend off any potential attacks to its immune system. 

Decrease stress

Massages can help you become happier.
Massages have been shown to decrease depression and increase happiness.

This wave of coronavirus sickness sweeping our planet is definitely causing a lot of stress and worry among everyone. How long will the economy be affected? What will happen to our jobs? When will things get back to normal?

Experts say that increased and unmanaged stress puts your immune system at risk. Stress is the leading cause of depression and increases heart attack risk, neither of which you need right now.

The physical effects of a massage upon a stressful individual are vast and diverse. The perks include such things as:

  • Decreasing blood pressure to healthy levels.
  • Removing harmful toxins from your muscles and tissue.
  • Improving and tightening skin tone.
  • Increased energy levels and focus.
  • Better and deeper rest at night.

An Important Note to Take

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  • One-on-one contact such as massage poses minimal risk and exposure.
  • Besides the normal surgeon-scrub up-to-the-elbows wash before and after each appointment, I also use sanitized wipes on all surfaces and doorknobs between every client.
  • Hand sanitizer is used after touching the feet and hands and is freely available for use by clients after or during the session.

You should not get a massage if you are sick. Practice social distancing while under the weather and take time to get better. A massage helps your body PREVENT sickness not help your FIGHT sickness. If you become sick before a scheduled massage, I highly recommend contacting me to reschedule for when you are feeling well.


About Eric:

Eric has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2010. He is an expert healer with an alternative approach, and he is dedicated to helping my clients move through a wide range of physical, emotional, and spiritual transitions in the most efficient and transformative way possible. Now he coaches bodyworkers and health solopreneurs in their journey to fulfillment. Join expert therapists and experience massage community with his Facebook group: The Happy, Successful Massage Therapist.

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Boise, Idaho Lifestyle

Meditation: The Trail to Inner Peace.

For over several thousand years, religions have practiced the art of meditation in seeking to reach inner peace. This seemingly lofty and fanciful goal is not as unattainable as many people make it out to be.


Aspects of effective meditation

Find your special way to meditate.

Meditation is a way for you to calm your body and in turn, calm your mind. Seat yourself comfortably in a quiet environment, whether that is your special place in a local park or a place in your home where you can remain undisturbed, find a spot that is removed from the day to day distractions your generally face.

Focus yourself on your breath, keep it relaxed and slow. Pay attention to each element of your breath; your lungs filling with air, your chest compressing to exhale, etc. While you are focused on breathing you will find that outside thoughts will creep into your mind when they do merely observe that your mind has gone to that place and bring your self back to your breathing. Try visualizing yourself from outside your body, see yourself as calm and at peace.

Pointers for those starting out

Doing yoga is an effective way to meditate.

Your level of energy when you choose to meditate is very important, you should wait at least two hours after eating a meal or consuming caffeine; I recommend you meditate in the mornings and before you go to bed. Before you meditate it is recommended that you prepare the area, for example: changing your phone to airplane mode or, if needed shutting a door or window.

When you start out you may just treat this time as breathing practice, but as you gain experience you might find your self able to meditate during yoga (which is a great form of exercise).

The benefits of meditation

Meditation can help you find your way in trying times.

Meditation is a great way to help reduce stress and anxiety, the regulation in your breathing helps slow your heart rate to a resting pace which has been linked to lessening the compounds in the brain that are caused by anxiety that lead to stress.

There have been links made from meditation to increased emotional awareness, self-esteem and self-image. Studies have shown that meditation even helps you sleep better!

Summary

Meditation is a wonderful tool to calm yourself and will enrich your life when added to your schedule, I cannot endorse meditation enough, it is the ultimate key to living a calm and peaceful life!


About Eric:

Eric has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2010. He is an expert healer with an alternative approach, and he is dedicated to helping my clients move through a wide range of physical, emotional, and spiritual transitions in the most efficient and transformative way possible. Now he coaches bodyworkers and health solopreneurs in their journey to fulfillment. Join expert therapists and experience massage community with his Facebook group: The Happy, Successful Massage Therapist.

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Boise, Idaho Lifestyle

The Truth of Stretching

One of the most overlooked aspects of exercise is stretching. A before workout stretch is paramount to help avoid injuries, improve your flexibility and increase your range of joint motion. There are dozens of scientific studies backing evidence of the long-term and short-term benefits of stretching.


The Importance of Stretching

Remember to stretch before a run!
Remember to stretch before a run!

Habitual stretching keeps your muscles limber and your body healthy, not staying up with your stretching will cause your muscles to retract and tighten. A majority of jobs require you to remain sedentary for your entire workday, which without proper stretching during breaks will cause back, neck, and leg problems. Not stretching before a workout can lead to injury from pulling or straining a muscle, while also leaving muscles tight and putting you at risk of extreme joint pain.

The Benefits of Stretching

Yoga is a great way to stretch!
Yoga is a great way to stretch!

As noted above a good stretching of the body helps prevent exercise and work-related injuries, but those are only some of the benefits that can be procured by regular and consistently compounding stretches. This is due to the increase in blood flow that stretching provides your body, helps you be more flexible and can even boosting your stamina improving your overall performance. Stretching during your breaks is a good idea too, as it increases your energy level and I personally find that it helps me get back on track to attack work-related issues with renewed vigor.

A balanced stretching supports improving your posture. Poor posture has been directly linked to low self-esteem issues, depression and chronic stress, all of which are forms of mental tension. When paired with breath regulating light exercise, such as yoga, experts say that observed mental tension levels plummet!

Stretching Tips:

  • Don’t push yourself too hard. It isn’t a contest, know your limits.
  • If you have physical injuries you should consult your physician on what stretches are good for you.
  • Don’t bounce when stretching, unless your physician or physical therapist recommends it.
  • Stretching after a workout is good for you too!
  • Remember to balance your stretching, match what you do on the right to the left.

Summary

Taking the time for a correctly executed stretching routine does wonder for the body. Take five to ten minutes every three hours to do a quick stretch, keep your muscles from tensing up and reduce stress. Trust me: the truth of stretching is no stretching of the truth.


About Eric:

Eric has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2010. He is an expert healer with an alternative approach, and he is dedicated to helping my clients move through a wide range of physical, emotional, and spiritual transitions in the most efficient and transformative way possible. Now he coaches bodyworkers and health solopreneurs in their journey to fulfillment. Join expert therapists and experience massage community with his Facebook group: The Happy, Successful Massage Therapist.

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Boise, Idaho Lifestyle

The Benefits of Drinking Water After Your Massage

One of the biggest mistakes clients make is not drinking enough water before and after a massage. H20 consumption is vital, not only due to the dehydrating process of a massage but also because of the many other benefits drinking water regularly can provide.

Pouring water into a glass
We’re 60% water ourselves.

Drinking water before a massage.

I have found that clients that drink water before a massage are not as stiff as clients who don’t. This is because drinking water allows your muscles to be easier to manipulate and can make the massage more enjoyable. It also helps prepare your muscles to release toxins and negative energy, such as metabolic waste and Lactic acid. I don’t recommend drinking too much water beforehand though as that may interrupt the session with a much-needed trip to the bathroom.

Drinking water after a massage.

A massage is a dehydrating process and evidence supports that rehydrating after a massage is extremely important as it helps you flush out everything that was released from the muscles during the massage. Although most of the toxins will leave your body normally, good ol’ H2O prevents these elements from being partially reabsorbed by your body and building back up quickly. Studies by experts also say that post-massage rehydration also helps prevent soreness on the day afterward, which is why I always offer the client water after a massage to get them started on their water journey.

Drinking water
The rule of thumb is you should drink at least 8 ounces of water a day, but it depends on your size.

Drinking water is good for you!

Staying hydrated will assist you to stay at the appropriate balance of body fluids (60% for the average adult). This is important because drinking enough water may provide some of the following benefits:

  • Increase brain function
  • Stave off headaches
  • Improve mood
  • Improve memory
  • Helps with weight loss
  • Flush toxins
  • Prevents many skin problems

Summary

After you receive your massage, immediately drink a glass of water, additionally, I recommend that when you head back home, you drink another full glass of water. Coconut water is another great way to quickly hydrate, gain vitamins and other health benefits. But nothing beats delicious earth juice (water!).


About Eric:

Eric has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2010. He is an expert healer with an alternative approach, and he is dedicated to helping my clients move through a wide range of physical, emotional, and spiritual transitions in the most efficient and transformative way possible. Now he coaches bodyworkers and health solopreneurs in their journey to fulfillment. Join expert therapists and experience massage community with his Facebook group: The Happy, Successful Massage Therapist.

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Boise, Idaho Lifestyle

The Importance of Exercise in a Healthy Lifestyle

Exercising is the keystone to living a fulfilled life. Active movement provides benefits such as controlling your body fat ratio, increasing your passive energy levels, helping you sleep better, supplying dopamine and decreasing your chance of a myriad of potential health issues!


The short-term benefits of exercising.

As a massage therapist, I always recommend people get enough exercise.
Jogging on stairs is a great way to trim up that booty!

When you get tired from exercising your brain tells your body to store a little more energy in the future so that you won’t get tired as quickly, and over the course of weeks of exercise, you will have significantly increased your passive energy levels. Getting tired from exercise provides you with another benefit, better sleep! Even a quick workout every day can encourage better sleep patterns as well as give you a sense of accomplishment at the end of your day. When you exercise, your brain produces dopamine, which is a key chemical component in making you feel happy.

The long-term benefits of exercising.

Remember to stretch before a run!
Remember to stretch before a run!

Exercising isn’t all about your body feeling good though, it also helps defend against developing type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, osteoarthritis and many more! That doesn’t even include the inundating amount of research from experts supporting the fact that exercise makes you less likely to get sick.

How much should you exercise?

Most professionals recommend about two and a half hours of exercise at the minimum, spread out over the course of one week. That would only have to be 30 minutes of getting your heart rate up five days of each week. Of course, exercise responsibly. If you have heart conditions or asthma you may want to consult with an expert so find out how must exercise is good for you and remember to hydrate.

So, take a bike ride around the neighborhood, plan on a few laps in the pool or visit a park for a walk! It not only is a great change of pace, but it is also good for you!

Every day I do yoga, get some cardio and weight-lifting in. This provides me with a clear head for work problems and allows me to set an intention for the day.


About Eric:

Eric has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2010. He is an expert healer with an alternative approach, and he is dedicated to helping my clients move through a wide range of physical, emotional, and spiritual transitions in the most efficient and transformative way possible. Now he coaches bodyworkers and health solopreneurs in their journey to fulfillment. Join expert therapists and experience massage community with his Facebook group: The Happy, Successful Massage Therapist.

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Where on the web is Eric?

Here’s a list of the various accolades and websites that list Eric among their ranks.

LinkedIn

Health Grade Providers

Yellow Pages

Google Maps

Yelp

I’ve been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2010

That’s it for now! More will be added later.

About Eric:

Eric has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2010. He is an expert healer with an alternative approach, and he is dedicated to helping my clients move through a wide range of physical, emotional, and spiritual transitions in the most efficient and transformative way possible. Now he coaches bodyworkers and health solopreneurs in their journey to fulfillment. Join expert therapists and experience massage community with his Facebook group: The Happy, Successful Massage Therapist.