Today we’d like to introduce you to Andrew Mannino.
Andrew, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I originally found my way to massage and bodywork while studying guitar at the Berklee College of Music. I started to develop a repetitive strain injury and was feeling the effects of long term stress and tension manifest on a more systemic level. A friend recommended massage, and I started incorporating regular sessions for self-care and injury prevention. This inspired me to pursue massage and bodywork myself. After becoming certified in massage therapy, I worked in a massage clinic for two years, and then opened up my private practice in 2006 in Belmont, MA, where I still am today. Along the way, I studied KMI Structural Integration with Tom Myers, receiving my certification in 2008. I went on to get certified to teach Anatomy Trains workshops, and joined the teaching faculty for the 500 hour KMI Structural Integration course through Kinesis, Inc. in 2012.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The first two years of my private practice were challenging in terms of getting my sea legs with owning/operating a business. I find that word of mouth referrals are the best, so it’s important bring awareness of what I do to as many people as possible. So, I did as much networking as I could to meet people and get the word out. In addition, I obviously have to be good at what I do! So, I’ve made it a point to continually learn and grow as a practitioner. Teaching has been great for this, as it forces me to keep learning on deeper levels. Maintaining a private practice and teaching can get busy at times, but in the end its fun and it keeps me learning bodywork on a deeper and deeper level.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
I named my private practice Body In Focus, because my intention is to offer a place where people can go to take a pause from all of the outside stimulus in their hectic lives and focus on what’s happening with their bodies. Sometimes it’s about pain and/or injury, and sometimes it’s about awareness and improving upon what is already pretty good. For me, bodywork is an investment, and just like any investing (smart investing, at least), the more you put in, the more you get out over time. How late into your years do you want to be enjoying a comfortable body? It’s an important question to keep in mind. Most of us want to live healthy and comfortably for as long as possible. We want participate in the world with friends and family for as long as possible. Towards that end, our posture and movement habits right now are either helping or hurting us. We can either speed up, or slow down the wear and tear on our joints and soft tissues with how efficiently we inhabit and use our bodies.
The type of bodywork I practice is structurally oriented, meaning that I am always thinking of body wide connections. It usually happens over a series of sessions and aims to improve posture and body use, which helps to facilitate more ease, support and vitality within the whole system. It is hands on myofascial work, anatomically specific, and incorporates active and passive movements. I try to maintain an atmosphere of openness, curiosity and humor in my sessions.
What were you like growing up?
Growing up I was mostly into music, art and being outdoors. Most people from back then would probably describe me as quiet, introverted, funny, and a little different. I’ve always marched to my own drum, as they say, and I think that stems from my creative side. I’ve come out of my shell a bit since my early years, but I do still like to be creative by looking at things from all angles to explore possibilities. This helps in my bodywork practice in terms of problem solving, finding efficient approaches, and having fun with it all.
- 60 minute sessions are $120
- 90 minute sessions are $170
- all Structural Integration sessions are 90 minutes
- try the first 3 Structural Integration sessions for $450 ($60 savings)
- I offer a free 15 minute consultation, on phone or in person
- Address: 6 Hawthorne Street
Belmont, MA 02478
- Website: www.bodyinfocus.com
- Phone: (617) 416 – 6686
- Email: email@example.com