My name is Peter Theune I’m 46 years old and I’ve been in the trade for 20 years.
Where do you practice massage therapy?
Mobile Private Practice serving Vail, CO. Phila PA. & surrounding
Are you an employee or self-employed?
My practice now is mostly private out-call mobile work by bike or car.
Primarily a referral system divided between local medical offices or
massage practices. See Massage Body Work Magazine Mar/Apl 2012 pg 127
What year did you begin practicing massage therapy?
Describe your practice, the modalities you use, and what you try
A) When I am working with-in medical offices I maintain scope of
practice. I would mostly utilize hot & cold therapy, a wide range of
techniques, ie.. cross fiber, myofacial release, active release stretching
to best fit the patients prescribed treatments.
B) In private practice many different dynamics apply so you need to be
creative to best fit the needs of your surrounding and clients requests
during treatment. Traditional: Swedish Therapeutic Sports, Deep Tissue,
Cross Fiber, Myofascial Release mind body connection through “Breath Work” breathing release techniques.
What kind of experience do you want your clients to have during a
We as therapist are in service not servants: While maintaining integrity
of the treatments I try to reach the goals of the session that are set by
pre-massage discussion, It’s a service based business and it grows best by
word of mouth so I want clients to be happy.
What do you enjoy most about being a massage therapist?
Helping people discovery the benefits of massage therapy by relief or
ease of disease is why I am a “Massage Therapist”.
Is there anything else that you’d like to describe about your
Have Table Will Travel Attitude, A massage therapist practice is an on
going growing, learning experience, grow with it. All clients’ treatments
are different. Over these twenty (20) years as a massage therapist. I have
learned to get involved be creative join other massage therapist practices,
volunteering for a wide range of charity’s, social and organized
affiliations helps understand your market place.
Which massage school did you attend?
Pennsylvania School Of Muscle Therapy. Now sold to Cortiva
On a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being the best) how would you rate your
PSMT (4) Cortiva (3)
What was your favorite part about your school?
I feel you get out of any education what efforts are put towards
learning. I would like to thank PSMT. My teacher Steve G. Thank you for
sharing your knowledge, experience and patience with me.
Describe additional education, formal or informal, you have
received since graduating from massage school.
Learning about the body is an experiential process. Sharing with other
therapist by trading massages has influenced me mostly. Articles published
by ABMP or AMTA. Great reference material for continued learning. Working
in as many different medical or holistic based environments as well as
private practice to gain a better understanding of how others work and
operate. Be inspiring and insightful.
What advice would you give to prospective massage therapists about
education? About practicing massage?
A career in massage therapy is a wonderful journey a never-ending
leaning experience educationally and personally fulfilling. Be receptive
objective and adaptive to unexpected change. A most frequently
misunderstood thought about pressure by therapist and clients“ More pain
more gain” IE. More pressure and force necessarily is not correct muscle
rebounding. Learn more about rebounding connective tissue, muscles, tendons and active release techniques before moving to more complex treatments. Be a client or patient in your learning.
What is the one thing you wish you had known before starting your
journey as a massage therapist?
Hind sight is 20/20. If I only had a glimmer of insight to what I have
experienced with-in others and myself “the exchange has been priceless”, I
would of bought a ticket in advance for this journey I am on… J long before
my start 20 years ago.