I’d like to tell you a little bit about myself and my massage practice.
I was born in Ukraine, but immigrated to the United States when I was 16 years old. The world of opportunity that was before me was all but unimaginable. I took school and college very seriously and discovered my passion along the way: Massage!
Throughout my whole life, I have had the ability to “feel” at a deeper level with my hands. It is a very hard thing to explain with words, but my hands have always seemed to “know” things at a deeper level of understanding. When I was young, I took this for granted — it was like magic to me. A vivid memory of this was from when I was a child: I was consoling a friend; when I grabbed their hand, I just somehow knew exactly where to press and with how much pressure. They commented to me how wonderful my touch was, and I have a distinct memory of “feeling” that, even before they said anything. As with such things with children, I mostly forgot about this, but had it deep in my memory.
When I was in college and deciding on a career, I honestly had no idea, and was quite distraught for a time. It was through friends of mine that said, without reservation, that I should go to massage school! (I was always massaging people, when they were sore and tense with classes and study, etc. It was just “normal” for me to do!)
I graduated with honors and accolades in 2002 and have never looked back, knowing that I have found my true calling. Now, nearly 15 years later, I love my practice more than ever and am constantly learning and growing at it to provide the best long-term relief and healing to my clients.
I have worked extensively with medical professionals, such as orthopedic surgeons, chiropractors, and physical therapists, and specifically focus on permanent healing and the elimination of pain, over mere relaxation that is so common the end-goal in the massage world. Thus, naturally, auto-accidents and occupational injury became my fields of specialty. More recently, I have even worked with athletes and bodybuilders who were focused on specific goals of retraining posture and detailed muscle function. While this is hard, repetitive work, that take a lot of time, it is among the most rewarding!