Education & Certifications:
- LMT, Utah state licensed massage therapist
- Utah College of Massage Therapy, 1997
Since 1997, I have been honing the art of touch through working with thousands of people. My clients have included athletes, professional and weekend warriors; stressed executives, parents who need a break and people who know what a great massage is supposed to feel like. Either from the gentle rhythms of a Swedish massage, the intensity of Deep Tissue or even the “ah” feeling from a deep Thai Massage stretch, he has the experience to help everyone heal and be healthy.
Bodywork vs Massage
Using mainly Swedish techniques, a basic massage can be relaxing for the nervous system and help the general health of one’s body. This can be therapeutic to a point, but most people need more. Bodywork is a term used to describe a combination of therapeutic forms of manual therapy to create a specific result. The techniques I use are determined on the condition and need of my client’s body. Within a session, clients can expect a deeper sense of tension release beyond relaxation.
- Cranial Sacral Therapy
- Thai Massage
- Orthopedic Massage (Knee and Shoulder)
- Sport-Specific Techniques
- Visceral Manipulation
Lifelong Health Philosophy
I grew up with a mother who ran a natural health food store on Cape Cod. I was exposed to what is now mainstream, the natural food and wellness culture. Her approach to a healthy lifestyle was clean, active and positive. Her philosophy was to live simple, love your community, and enjoy life’s natural world. Yes, was. She unfortunately passed from a rare but aggressive form of brain cancer. The end of her life was without pain, a result from a body taken care of by her healthy lifestyle.
But like many kids, I didn’t follow healthy eating and proper activity habits that early on in my life. That changed the moment I received my first professional massage for my 20th birthday. Twenty minutes into the massage, I had this epiphany, “This feels so good. I could see myself doing this for other people.” Soon after the massage, I mentioned this thought to my mother and she handed me a massage magazine from her store. While on a break from my barista job, I read about this new world, Massage Therapy. Towards the end of the magazine, there were these small, business card size ads. One of them seemed to hover off the page, it was for the Utah College of Massage Therapy. Again, I had this feeling to follow my intuition and connect to the school. After receiving the school information, I was in and committed. In less than a year after receiving my first massage, I was sitting in class, 2500 miles from home, learning about how I could help people feel better. Not only help people feel better, but the possibility to help change people’s lives.
It’s always amazing how so much can change within one year, if not sooner. After meeting Heather, we decided to move to California! Shifting into the spa world was a great path which was not on my radar. I had misconceptions of this industry, too fluff not enough true healing. I was wrong. Nowadays, spa goers are more knowledgeable about massage and healthy-living options. People are now using the spa as a needed part of their lifestyle maintenance instead of just for luxury.
I graduated from Utah College of Massage Therapy in 1997. A year later, I began working in award winning spas, starting with The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa then helping open The Spa at Pebble Beach in 1999. Ten years later, with the recession shaking things up, Heather and I packed up the kids and our life in California and headed back to Utah. Since we’ve relocated, I’ve been a full-time massage therapist within the Salt Lake and Park City areas. Since the beginning of my career, I continuously strive to educate my clients to enhance their healing experience. Since the fall of 2017, I have included educating future therapists in my career. I currently teach a variety of bodywork classes at the Healing Mountain School of Massage.
It is my mission to educate, inspire and empower people to be the healthiest and happiest versions of themselves, live the lives they were meant to live and take back control of their health. I am here to provide guidance, support and clarity.
My Non-Biz Life
I am a blessed husband to a beautiful and smart wife. I am a proud father to three conscious, confident, and successful daughters. When we’re not busy with work and school, we enjoy road trips to the west coast or to the southern desert. I am active with season-specific sports and regular gym visits, to stay healthy and happy.