I am a Licensed Massage Practitioner (MA60233907), Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Educator of Infant Massage, NCBTMB Nationally Approved Massage Instructor, Certified Phenomenal Touch Practitioner® and Certified Ashiatsu DeepFeet Bar Therapy Practitioner®. I am certified in IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization) and Contemporary Cupping Methods. I am also a Certified Reiki Master & Teacher as well as Certified Life Coach, and although these do not apply directly to my therapeutic massage practice, they do inform my healing philosophy, therapeutic rationale, and my bodywork.
I went to massage school in 2005, but I originally got interested in massage more than a decade before that through my involvement in boxing, traditional martial arts and Mixed Martial Arts. I was a professional Muay Thai kick boxer and MMA fighter for several years and I fought in many different countries including Thailand, the Philippines, Canada, and the United States, and I was even fortunate enough to win and hold a Title Belt for a couple of years until I retired from the sport.
Obviously your body takes quite a beating as a professional fighter, but what is not so obvious is that fighting also challenges your mind and soul to their limits. Because of this, I sought out many different bodywork styles and relaxation practices during these years. Through these experiences, my formal education, and years of practice, I have been able to combine the best techniques from different bodywork modalities and relaxation practices into my current massage practice, which provides for a unique, therapeutic and unbelievably relaxing massage experience.
About My Teaching
As a NCBTMB nationally approved provider of continuing Education for licensed massage therapists and practitioners, I am committed to life-long learning and improvement. You can see a list of the recent continuing education courses that I've completed here. In addition, I am very interested in understanding and sharing the powerful concepts of sustained, intentional touch in my massage practice, workshops, and everyday life. To that end, I teach several massage workshops and classes. I am the lead instructor for the Power of Touch Couple’s Massage Workshops and I teach classes on Thai Massage, Lomi Lomi, and other styles.
I have a passion for sharing the power of touch with others whether it is through my massage practice, my workshops, or just a casual conversation, so please feel free to contact me to discuss anything regarding touch, massage, and bodywork.
About My Massage
Here are some videos of my massage so that you can get an idea of what my work is like. You can read more about my massage and bodywork here.
Thank you so much for taking the time to learn more about me and my massage. Please contact me if you have any questions, want to schedule an appointment or just want to share some ideas about massage.
Joe Lavin LMT, CPT, CEIM, AOBT
Certified Phenomenal Touch Practitioner®
Cell: (206) 817-5896