What led you to your particular field?
About nine years ago I had a motorcycle accident and injured my left knee so badly (torn ACL, fractured tibial plateau) that I couldn’t walk properly for several months. Part of my rehabilitation included physiotherapy and Massage Therapy. The treatment I received was transformative.
During that extended down time, I learned that an old acquaintance had switched careers and was in school again to become an RMT. I began to wonder if I too could help others the way I had been helped. Within a few months I decided to enrol and graduated two years later. I’m so glad I chose to follow my passion because I love helping people and seeing my clients’ transformations over the course of treatment.
What are you passionate about in your work?
I love empowering people to learn more about their bodies and how their bodies respond to their environment and the treatment I provide. I find it tremendously rewarding when I see improvement in a client’s health and wellbeing after a series of treatments. I love being the best hour in their day.
How does your practice relate to how you live personally?
I practice what I preach. I have become keenly aware of my posture and how it impacts how I’m feeling. I’ve learned to up my self-care game, especially when I start feeling aches and pains that I know are from not adhering to my self-care regimen.
I stretch much more than I used to. I take Epsom salt baths regularly. I try to move much more mindfully throughout my day. Mental health is just as important as physical health. Getting a massage regularly can be good for both! I get massage treatments regularly and I’m not afraid to ask for help when I need it. I live my life much more purposefully since becoming an RMT.
Do you have anything exciting to share on the horizon (i.e. a project you are working on, a new treatment you are introducing, a workshop you would love to share)?
I have a plan in development for a virtual work-from-home coaching instruction program to further help my clients between treatments. The idea is to elevate their health and wellbeing through simple instruction on better home office/workplace ergonomics, posture awareness and homecare exercises.
When you are not at Body Co, you are most likely…?
Exploring nature, feeding squirrels, playing tennis or competitive Scrabble.
Please share 2-5 things about yourself that others might now know and find interesting.
1. I have a background in photojournalism, specializing in visual storytelling through editorial, portrait and corporate event photography. I was the Grand Prize Winner in the 2015 Analogue Gallery SOUND IMAGE photo exhibition and contest.
2. Ever since I was a kid, I loved playing tennis. In high school, I was on the junior tennis team in grade 10, when I hadn’t had my growth spurt yet and was all of maybe 5’3 and 98 pounds. One of my schoolmates was already over 6’ tall and I had a really hard time even returning his second serve. He went on to become the world No. 1 ranked doubles player in August 2002. He also won a gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics and won four Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. I wonder if he still remembers me.
3. I’ve played competitive Scrabble for 20 years. I’m nationally ranked (top 50) in Canada and have travelled across the continent to compete in tournaments.
Roger is available for massage appointments on Saturday mornings and afternoons. You can schedule an appointment with Roger here.