Massage Philosophy

For this month’s blog post, I thought that I would revisit a post from the previous website.  Here is my first ever post and a bit of an introduction to me and my massage experience.

My name is Nicolas Sorensen. You may have seen it plastered on every page of this website? Yeah, that’s me (recent mug shot will soon be uploaded).  I went through massage school in 2005 at a little place in southern Utah called Southwest Academy of Healing Arts (SWAHA).  My passion for massage most definitely started here, both with the incredible information I was learning and the inspiring instruction I was receiving. The owner/teacher, Dr. Mark Waters was pivotal in helping me dig deep and develop my talents in massage therapy.  Whenever we as students were sitting in the classroom across from him, he taught with so much passion that it seemed tangible, almost smacking us in the face.  Although I am more reserved than he is by nature, I have kept that passion inside me and channel it into each massage I give.

 

I moved up to Provo in 2007 and soon after got a job with a chiropractor where I would practice for the next few years.  The job was a part-time, on-call affair that taught me a lot of new things through working with people that (mostly) had been in car accidents.  I had also worked other jobs during this time, and went to college.  For a while I had wanted to become a chiropractor myself, which then developed into a desire to become a naturopathic doctor, only to change course yet again and firmly plant my feet into the ground of massage therapy. Many people become therapists with the intention of having some lucrative skill to support themselves while they pursue their “real job”. I suppose I sort of approached massage that way at first. But after a lot of soul-searching and long talks with the wifey, everything was clear–I love massage, I’m good at it, and I’m helping people, what more could I want? Years later, and after encouragement from clients, I chose to really invest in massage therapy and moved to my current location and create Embody Wellness.

My approach to massage is mostly deep tissue therapy techniques.  It was what I was first drawn to in school and I’m still drawn to today.  And although I can really make it intense, I know that there is more to a massage than just pressing hard on someone’s back. Reed, the owner of Adagio Massage, taught me that. I am constantly adjusting pressure and location based on the response of the body.  I call it “listening to the body.”  If the client’s body doesn’t like what is happening, it will let me know without the client really having to say anything.

My ultimate goal with massage therapy is to not necessarily see people again after I work on them.  Bittersweet as it is, I know that if someone is coming back to me, there is something specific to work on.  If not, they must be enjoying a pain-free life.  So I guess what I’m saying is, I’ll take it as a compliment if your time at Adagio Massage is short-lived–that means I’m doing my job well.*

–Nicolas

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