Spotlight: Lucas, Massage Therapist

Lucas, Essential Massage Therapy

Lucas became a certified massage therapist December 30th, 2005. (Read his full bio on our Therapists page).

Why did you choose to work at Essential Massage Therapy?

I feel more like Essential chose me. I wasn’t sure I wanted to continue working as a therapist due to several previously poor experiences with spas. When I came to drop a resume off, I assumed it was a last resort. But luckily for me, Lisa was in the office that day and after a very impromptu interview she made it clear that Essential needed me as much as I needed them.

What’s your primary massage technique?

My primary technique is deep tissue massage with an emphasis on trigger point and connective tissue release. This type of massage targets the areas that are most affected by day to day stress and helps to release that tension for long-term relief of pain and discomfort.

What other techniques do you specialize in?

I practice myofacial release, ashiatsu and reflexology. Some of this work is deep pressure and some of it is relaxation massage.

What do you do to unwind at the end of a crazy day?

Oddly enough, I do more work! I am a woodworker and metalworker in my free time. There is nothing more relaxing than spending a few hours in my shop working with hand tools and reconnecting with natural materials.

What’s your morning routine?

I am usually rushing out the door at the last minute. I take my son to school and then get myself ready for work and I don’t usually have much time to take it easy in the morning.

What are your hobbies?

I do some woodworking, I’m also learning blacksmithing. I love to grow things and am an avid gardener when there isn’t a foot of snow on the ground. As long as I’m outside occupying my time, I’m having a good time.

What’s your favorite thing about the state of Michigan?

I know everyone says seasons, but I definitely love the seasonal changes. As irritating as they can be sometimes, I enjoy the changes throughout the year.

When did you start working at Essential Massage Therapy?

July of 2008.

If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Either the traditional woodworker Roy Underhill or the Permaculturist Geoff Lawton. Both of these men are hugely inspirational to me and I would love to pick their brains about a million different things.

What’s your best tip for living a healthier life?

I’m not into diets or fitness plans, but I am into living life in a fulfilling way. My best advice is to find something you really enjoy doing and find every opportunity to do it. And hopefully it remains a hobby and doesn’t turn into a job!

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Lucas, he is available all day Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays as well as on Sundays. Request to see Lucas on our Contact page.