When I went the Swedish Institute of Massage back in 1992, massage was not as well known or available to the masses. My classmates were middle class 20 yr.olds dabbling in the world of massage and as indicated by the massive drop-out rate, not intending to make it a career. A few of them are still in some kind of healing work, but I only know of one other who is actually massaging. If you are staying at the Four Seasons in NYC I will give you her name, she is amazing.
When I was invited to Mildred Elley school last spring to speak, I was shocked by the tenacious and diverse group of people finishing the massage program. I was there to talk about working at Tsubo Massage vs. other spas in the area. I thought I would impress them with my knowledge of anatomy and the value of excellent footwear. What they wanted to know, was something much more immediate. They wanted to know how they could get more experience? How could they be exposed to different postural challenges? How does spasm change with heat? How does a trigger point release? How? How? How? Questions all answered by experience.
That day inspired Tsubo Massage’s Clinic now available 3 days a week. I have found training talented LMT’s to be very rewarding, but only if those LMT’s are willing to be watched, critiqued and directed over and over again for up to a year.These new Massage Therapists are willing and raring for more.
Their drive is inspiring, but it is the care, the desire to heal and help that gets me up in the morning. They remind the older therapists that we have come along way, but each massage is not about us, it never is and that is why it is so beautiful. Giving, helping and supporting is what keeps us in it everyday.
Our clinic combines low cost, focused bodywork and mentoring from senior therapist, Jen Messer and individual instruction from me, Molly Kerns. At Tsubo we are honing what they do and how they do it. We are expanding their ability to identify compromised tissue and techniques to release pain.We are giving them space, experience and guidance to be the healers they are so eager to become.
There is nothing like a massage from a new therapist. Nothing compares to the level of interest, earnest effort and intense focus. I invite you to come to clinic and experience the pleasure of receiving massage from someone who not only cares about what is happening for you, but what is happening to you.
What are we doing exactly? Tsubo Massage has created a training program for our newly hired licensed therapists. Our intention is to develop and focus talented therapists who want to be effective, safe and excellent bodyworkers for our busy Williamstown office. These new therapists have an eagerness and enthusiasm that lends itself perfectly to a mentoring clinic environment.
Do I have to take off my clothes? No. Many areas of the body can be worked on in a 30 minute massage without ever approaching the major muscle groups that would require undressing. Neck, head, feet, and hands all benefit immensely from massage. Stretching, shiatsu massage, and reflexology are all available should you want to stay fully dressed. The level to which you are comfortable will be discussed at the start of the massage.
Can I book an entire hour? Yes. Simply reserve and pay for two consecutive sessions and you’ll receive a 60-minute massage.
Can I request a certain therapist? If you have preferences for a male or female therapist, deep or light work, or any previous injury/experience that might be helpful in arranging your massage, email Molly at email@example.com. We cannot guarantee specific therapist availability, and will notify you if we are unable to honor your request.
Do I need to bring anything? May I tip the therapist? You only need to bring yourself. You have booked and paid online. You are welcome to tip and the therapists appreciate it very much.