Interview with Arnie Katz

Arnie Katz

Arnie Katz

 

 

What is your name?

Arnie Katz

 

Where do you practice massage therapy?

At South End Health Associates, 50 Concord Square, Boston, MA 02118
Are you an employee or self-employed?

Self-employed
What year did you begin practicing massage therapy?

1984
Describe your practice, the modalities you use, and what you try to achieve.

My practice focusing on a holistic approach to wellness, including incorporating massage therapy, healing touch, energy healing, breathwork, and mind/body centering through various stress reduction and relaxation techniques.  I also offer chair massage.  A lot of my practice involves making a connection with the client and then using intuitive touch to hone in on the areas where the client is holding tension and stress.  Once the connection is made, then I work with my clients to let go through collaborative approaches or in just giving the client space to be quiet and slow down and deeply relax.  The goal is to improve relaxation, self-awareness, well-being as well as to support healthy choices that support well being outside of the massage room as well.   Conscious breathing can be a key component of the work.

What kind of experience do you want your clients to have during a massage?
I want my clients to have the experience of being nurtured and feeling cared about. I want my clients to feel comfortable and safe to relax and let go of  the tension and stress that accumulates from everyday life and stressful life transitions or challenges.

What do you enjoy most about being a massage therapist?

I most enjoy facilitating people in letting go and seeing them come back to a more peaceful and centered place within.

Is there anything else that you’d like to describe about your practice?

I really love my work and the creative, intuitive aspect of it. I so appreciate people giving their trust to me so that they can let go and find that healing place within.  It is very rewarding.

Which massage school did you attend?

Massage Institute of  New England

On a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being the best) how would you rate your school?

3.5

What was your favorite part about your school?

Learning the theory and technique of Swedish massage and learning a choreography to use as a foundation.

Describe additional education, formal or informal, you have received since graduating from massage school.

I studied energy healing, sports massage, breathwork, canine massage, animal communication, hospice massage, and taken various eclectic massage workshops at massage conferences.

What advice would you give to prospective massage therapists about education?  About practicing massage?

It is really important to LISTEN carefully to your clients and to give them the essence of what they ask for. Many clients have told me that they have asked for what they wanted before a massage, and then the massage therapist proceeds to ignore their requests and do their standard “routine”. That does not work and will limit your success and growth as a therapist.  Learning clear communication skills, both verbal and also through body language is important.  Have Fun with what you are doing. If you don’t enjoy it, your clients will feel it and be less likely to enjoy it as well. Be present with your clients, rather than daydreaming or being highly distracted. Each session you give well given is your best marketing tool.

What is the one thing you wish you had known before starting your journey as a massage therapist?

I wish I had been told that it is necessary to do a lot of self-care to sustain longevity in this field, rather than focusing so much in the beginning on taking care of everyone else.