Brian uses anatomically and physiologically informed Swedish massage that he changes each session, depending on what needs the most attention that particular day. The massage might also include myofascial release (which is a bit is like having your tissue patiently ironed and rolled out) or neuromuscular therapy of specific trigger points (which is a bit like the sensation of your tender spots slowly dissolving with pressure). Some of his clients have described his massages as “gentle and flowing that gradually ebbs and flows in intensity. He sometimes pauses over just the right spot and goes over it again!”
Brian believes that speaking up about adjustments during a massage (though sometimes hard to say), is important for an effective session:
“While it is true that intuition can save me a good amount of guesswork in massage, at the same time, intuition can only get me so far. There is no substitute for matter-of-fact communication about what is too much or too little pressure, what feels comfortable, etc. Effective massage does not need to be painful: Pain can actually cause muscles to reflexively tighten unnecessarily. But an effective massage can definitely feel intense in a good way! Because what feels great for one client might not work at all for another, I consider the first few massages with a new client to be a process of getting to know each other.”
In his free time, Brian likes to nerd out over the latest research in massage, cultivate less of monkey mind by meditating, and learn how to be less awkward each time he goes social dancing. He also likes getting immersed listening to other people’s life stories in StorySLAMS.
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