Fortunately and unfortunately my schedule is too full to accept new clients at this time (*with a few exceptions). I love working with my clients and want to be here for them when they need me. I have tried to expand my hours and see more clients per day than I feel allows me to do my best work and it has been difficult to stay true to my self care, my staff and even ultimately the clients who I am trying to be here for. So I need to slow down a little and find a pace that will allow me to do my best work and show up in the best way for all of the activities I am responsible for.
I also need to control my schedule better so I can coordinate which clients I am seeing on specific days so that I can make sure that my client load is organized in the best possible way. So I am going to ask current and past clients to email (Joe@TouchFactorMassage.com), text or call me (206-817-5896) to schedule their appointments for a little while.
*New Client Exceptions
I feel like new clients can be both challenging and rewarding in so many ways; especially in terms of my growth as a massage therapist. So I will be trying to get a new client in every month or two. So please feel free to email or text me if you want to talk about being a new client or getting on my wait list.
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 Education
I am constantly involved in learning and growing as a massage practitioner. I take continuing education courses whenever I can fit them in and I work one-on-one with other talented therapists through trades and private workshops to advance my understanding and the quality of my bodywork. In addition, I host quarterly retreats for bodyworkers, lead several massage workshops for Licensed Massage Therapists, massage school students and couples every month...all of which makes me focus even more on my own skills.
Northwest School of Massage 2005 & 2008
I attended the Northwest School of Massage in 2005 and then went back in 2008 to get some more education. I loved the massage school experience so much that I went back to teach there in 2012.
Formal Continuing Education Courses