Massage therapies are known to help release muscle knots, and it’s also a good choice when you want to fully relax your body, mind and soul.
According to experts, massage is vital for relaxation or taking care of minor pains as the massage therapist performs a combination of certain actions like kneading, long flowing caresses towards the region of the heart with deep circular motions, vibration and stroking, also accompanied with passive joint movement techniques. Usually, it lasts for 60 to 90 minutes.
These therapeutic massages helps with easing muscle tension, improving blood flow, reducing the effect and feeling of pain as well as relieving stress.
For instance, a certain sort of massage called, aromatherapy is best for people who seek to have a reasonable volume of emotional healing.
Lagos based massage therapist, Umulor Jefferey explains to The Parakeet Show during an interview on how massage therapists do a lot of mental healing like psychotherapists do. As a matter of fact, therapies like Swedish Massage and Aromatherapy possess the ability to ease mental stress in clients and literally get rid of mental and physical knots.
Also, he shares bits about himself and his journey so far as a massage therapist; his visions for the industry. Emmanuel Obokoh presents the excerpt:
We caught up with @grievy holmes( Umulor Jefferey) a Lagos based Massage Therapist and he got to share bits about himself, his career so far as a massage therapist and also his visions for the massage therapy industry with Obokoh Emmanuel @mizta_emmy for @theparakeetshow
How are you doing?
I’m doing great. Happy to be able to contribute to the discourse on massage therapy.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I am also known as Grievy Holmes, a 24 year old certified freelance massage therapist and Multimedia Student at Aptech.
What massage therapy school did you attend?
I did my training at the Sweet Brook Spa, at Ikeja, and got certified by The Learning Edge.
When did you graduate?
I completed my therapy training some time in July last year after being certified.
Why did you choose massage therapy as a career?
There was a sudden need to touch lives. Also I’ve always been the type who enjoys being touched therapeutically so it was an easy decision to learn the therapy and make a career off it.
What type of massage techniques are you most proficient at?
For techniques, there’s an obvious knowledge of various types but during sessions you often find yourself going with the flow. There’s easily a different technique for different scenarios and sessions, mostly depending on the physicality of the client you’re working on.
What type of clients do you prefer working with?
Just as doctors would want to work with everyone to help heal them, I also believe I can work with everyone but the thing about massage therapy is clients don’t always share your train of thought. As a male therapist, I tend to get more female clients, and vice versa.
What would you say is your philosophy regarding healing?
I basically just enjoy literally touching lives with my therapy. It’s equally as therapeutic for me on the giving end, as it is for my clients on the receiving end. There’s always a transfer of positive energy and that’s the beauty and one of the many benefits of massage therapy.
What would you say is the toughest part of being a massage therapist?
The misconceptions can be tiring. One being that massages are a luxury. What people fail to understand is that massages are of great value. Massage therapists around the world make way more money in a 1 hr session than we do over here. From time to time, my love for the therapy over shadows my want for money and I end up having to subsidize the rates for my clients.
What is your vision and what are you working towards accomplishing through massage therapies?
My vision is to become renowned in the profession and recognized in the country. I’m certain I’m one of the best therapists in the country, even in my short time of practicing. When people think of massage in Nigeria, I want to be the first therapist that comes to mind. I plan to create a set-up where massages can be subsidized, hence providing an opportunity for people to afford regular massages without having to break sweat.
What do you think is the future of the massage profession?
I foresee a lot of people going into the profession in the near future, with myself being one of pioneers and inspiration. My trainer who’s also a published author once highlighted the importance of marketing. In essence, we need to get the message on massage across. People need to know.