Check our our latest Sports Massage Therapist profile Matt
Here we go again with another Sports Massage Therapist profile! This time we are focusing on our therapist Matt. Matt has been with us for a number of years and works with our Sports Massage program, TMJ program, Medical Massage and more. We hired him directly out of school, which we never do, but Matt was a special case as he had already been actively working and blogging about the fitness world. So let’s get to know Matt!
What is your background in sports?
I grew up doing karate, kickboxing, and submission grappling, but stopped due to the toll they took on my body. I currently do some kind of resistance training 3 to 4 days a week. I am not picky about what I use so long as it feels good and I have fun doing it. I go through phases where I like doing more stuff with barbells, bodyweight, bands, kettlebells and machines. When I can get out of the city, I am up for a good hike.
How long have you been working at it?
I have been doing types of resistance training for at least 15 years.
What is your best ‘uh oh’ story?
Name a body part and I’ve had some sort of pain and/or injury there. It is way faster to list the body parts I have not hurt.
If you could try any sport or physical activity, what would it be?
I think it would be pretty cool to learn some kind of gymnastics without ending up in the hospital or on the ground
How did you get into sports massage?
I spent well over 10 years living with varying levels of disabling pain. I became so obsessive about everything to do with movement, exercise, pain, recovery, performance, etc; that there were nights I did not sleep because I felt I needed to understand more. Somewhere in that journey I go into personal training and massage therapy to allow my passion to flourish and share what I knew with others.
What are your favorite kinds of people to work on?
I like massaging anyone who wants to learn, and become more independent. I get about an hour out of someone’s day to work with someone; they have weeks or months without me to make changes on their own.
What sets your sports massage apart from everyone else?
I’m constantly questioning what I do in a sports massage and how I can do it better.
Is there anything we do not know about you we should?
I sneeze when I walk into direct sunlight.
If you had a super power what would it be?
The ability to fold a fitted sheet.
Why did you start writing?
I started writing because I did not see much out there for the general public that explained complex interactions in plain language. Most of what I saw was either too dense and technical, or played fast and loose with the facts. I write primarily what I wish I would have been able to find when I was looking for answers.
So there you go! Our Sports Massage Therapist profile for Matt! Massage therapist, dry witt, and all around good guy. You can see more about Matt on his profile here. Or you can read his writing at truemovment.net