Massage is a Conversation
The two most important skills a massage therapist can have in their tool box are the abilities to listen and to observe because that will inform everything else they do, and give them the ability to tailor each massage to the client's needs on any given day, in any given moment.
The interaction begins as soon as you arrive. How you stand, how you walk, how you take your jacket off, how you move when you get up from a sitting position, the bags you are carrying, your overall energy, the words you use to describe how you are feeling and why you need a massage all provide information that allows me to formulate an approach that could be most beneficial for you that day. But, it doesn't stop there. The conversation continues between my hands and your body throughout the massage, and more often than not will guide the work toward problematic areas of which you may not have been consciously aware.
I definitely have a pragmatic, therapeutic approach to massage, but the amount of pressure, the length of time spent on any given area, and the specific techniques utilized will all vary depending on the conversation our connection elicits. Once you are on the table, we may not say a word to each other besides, maybe, "How's the pressure?' or "Is this area generally as tight or reactive as it is today?" or "What's going on here?" but we will be communicating the whole time. The experience may not be dramatically different from one massage to the next, but you won't ever get a cookie cutter massage.
Tim Sutton, LMT, has been a full-time massage therapist since 1997. In those 20 years, he has studied many different techniques, modalities, and approaches to bodywork which he incorporates, when necessary, into his work. This is why he describes his work as Integrative Sports Massage. Tim also spent 6 years teaching massage at The Swedish Institute, Inc. in New York City. Concurrently, he spent 10 years working in the luxury spa world developing properties, managing massage teams and training massage therapists around the world. Through his 20 years in private practice, he has worked on tens of thousands of people from all walks of life and from many industries, each presenting with their own specific complaints and unique lifestyles that inform their patterns of tension. Tim is very proud to have been a part of the Men's Massage Team at the U.S. Open in 1999 and 2000, as well as the Sports Massage Team at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, UT.
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