Sports Massage Therapist Profile – Matt

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Sports Massage Therapist Profile – Matt

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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


Five Things Your New York State Massage Therapist Should be Doing for You

We have put together the top 5 things your New York State Massage Therapist, should be doing for you but may not be….

This blog post is specific to New York State Massage Therapy, but in any state that see’s massage therapy as a licensed medical profession, these may apply. We put together this list of important bullet points in order to educate the public about their rights. Massage therapist undergo training in order to become professionals, but the public is often unaware of what that training is or what their rights are. So here it goes, here are our top five things your New York State licensed Massage Therapist should be doing for you.

1. Giving you a full consent before you are treated or assessed

What is consent you ask? It is your agreement to the treatment, assessment, or procedure that is about to be performed. It can be both verbal and written. Consent can cover the type of treatment for massage (for example: trigger point therapy, stretching, or Swedish massage), how it is performed, what products or tools may be used (for example lotions or graston tools), and even as far as what smells you might encounter. The bottom line is, you have full control over what happens to you, even if you have not been made aware of it. What does this mean for you in real time? At the very least you should be looking for a Massage Therapist who gives you a rundown of what they are going to do before they do it, a little snapshot so to speak. This rundown, not only keeps you safe but also ends up in making you happier over all with your massage because you can actually relax.

2. Protecting your right to privacy

In New York state, Massage Therapists are considered Medical Professionals. They are required by law to protect your privacy. If you find your therapist is particularly chatty about their other patients, it may be time to move on.

The New York State Massage law reads as follows:Massage therapists will safeguard the confidentiality of all patient/client information, including patient/client records, unless disclosure is required by law or court order. Any situation which requires the revelation of confidential information should be clearly delineated in records of massage therapists.

3. You have the full right to refuse, modify, or change the treatment at any time. 

Ever have the feeling you have made a terrible mistake, part way through something? It happens, even with massage. It is totally ok to stop once you start. Individual clinics may have policy’s on if you will pay or not based on stopping treatment so you may want to check, but generally if you encounter a medical problem, such as feeling dizzy, we waive all fees at our clinic. Fee aside, you can always simply stop regardless of the situation. If you just think that it is not working out, you can always change the plan too. If your therapists pressure is not right, tell them…or redirect the treatment entirely so it works on what you just figured out you want. A 30 minute back massage can easily become a 25 minute foot massage. Do it, it is your right.

New York State Massage law reads as follows: Massage therapists will respect the patient’s/client’s right to refuse, modify or terminate treatment, regardless of prior consent for such treatment.

4. Referring you out

Is your therapist Mr/Ms fix it? It is fantastic that you found a great therapist. Massage Therapists cannot wear all health care hats however. As a Massage Therapist we cannot diagnose or treat disease, so if you genuinely have a medical issue no one has seen you for, your therapist should refer you out. Vibrant clinical practices are loaded with referrals, we send people out and they send other people to us. We just cannot be all things at all times. It may totally be appropriate for your massage therapist to work alongside another professionals work though, just because they refer you out does not mean you necessarily have to stop going to your therapist.

New York State Massage law reads as follows: Massage therapists may provide services that lead to improved health and muscle function, but they do not diagnose medical diseases or disorders. They evaluate patients/clients in terms of health and disease in order to know what massage technique should be used and when to make referrals to other health care practitioners.

5. Maintaining your personal health records

Records are an essential part of making sure you get a good treatment. If you are seeing one person, they help them remember the details of the last treatment. If you are at a clinic that shares files, they help keep your heath care consistent and make sure your health information travels to the practitioner you are seeing next. Beyond that, your health care records may be needed if you have been in an accident, or are claiming to certain kinds of insurance. Beware of the therapist without files, they may not serve you best long term. New York State Massage Therapists have to maintain records for 6 years.

New York State Massage law reads as follows: therapists must keep a record of client evaluations and treatments for six years or until the client turns 22, whichever is longer.

If you want more information on New York State Massage Therapy, you can find it at the New York State Government website. If you want to verify that your massage therapist is in good standing you can do so here.