A Little About Me...

Becoming a massage therapist has been one of the greatest things I have ever done. For over 15 years I was a network engineer, "computer guy", working on very large projects, traveling a great deal and supporting thousands of users. At the time, it seemed to be a great career path, full of money and prestige. The prestige and money came at a price, however. The endless hours of work, focusing every minute of my life on fixing things and being away from my family took a huge toll on me as a person, though I couldn't see it yet.

Major life changes caused me to draw close to God; closer than I had ever been before in my life. I put my whole self into trusting that He would direct me where to go next. The path was full of tough decisions and obstacles to overcome. God led me back to my hometown of Denison where my life really began to change.

After several "sure thing" job opportunities fell through, I started work at a local chiropractor's office, in Denison. I began to see people, through work, as more than "users behind a computer." People have REAL pain in their lives. Pain that extends beyond the physical into the innermost parts of a person. I realized the closer I was getting to God, the closer I was getting to the people around me. That's when things really began to change.

A very special person entered my life and introduced me to massage as a full-time profession. Though I'd had massage before, for the first time I could see the importance of massage to a person's total health not just physical health. I entered massage school while continuing to grow at the chiropractor's office. The moment I got hands-on, God made it abundantly clear that He had been preparing me for this all these years, with all of my experiences, all of my troubles and all of my joys. I could be a highly effective "fixer", intricate and efficient, but this time have a real impact on people rather than things.

When I began to practice massage full-time, I realized the gift God had given me. Being open to Him, open to the people who came in the door and finding a place of stillness deep inside myself, I became a vessel by which He provides healing of the body, mind and spirit. The renewal of my own body, mind and spirit came because others were being renewed.

I've heard people talk over the years about how they could not wait to get up and go to work every day. Those people were very rare. Most dread every moment of their work day. Now, I can't wait to see each and every client who walks through the door and wonder how I am going to be used to help renew them. I've seen some amazing things happen in this business, and every day I look forward to the next.

My whole philosophy on massage is that it is not a break/fix experience, but scheduled maintenance. It is a time to get away from everything going on in our lives and time to repair and maintain the things that keep us down.

If you are one whose life is completely chaotic, then you might need maintenance massage more often than those who have found more stillness. It's no different than how often you change the oil in your car. People who drive 3000 miles in six months don't need to change the oil as often as those who drive 3000 miles in one month. The catch is, if your body, like your car, sits in the garage too long it might need more work to get things running smoothly again. Sedentary lifestyles such as sitting all day at work and sitting at home in the evening are just like being in the garage.

Maintain the most amazing thing ever created, your body, created in His image and vital to your longevity!
Be Still, Renew, Repair and Maintain.

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

I Will Follow Ministries