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Meet Edward of Healing Hands Bodywork in Back Bay

Today we’d like to introduce you to Edward.

Edward , can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was drawn to bodywork through the awareness and realization of a couple of different things about myself and the convergence of a few factors: an innate interest in the mind body connection, a sincere interest in helping others, a search for something more meaningful as a career, as a means of both artistic expression and the satisfaction of working with my hands, as a means to reduce stress and find balance within my own life.

As a young man I studied martial arts, Zen Buddhism and then later in life – massage techniques, bodywork and yoga. After following a traditional career path for nearly 30 years, I began dedicating part of my life to exploring alternatives to the daily grind, connecting with people and helping them reduce stress in their daily lives. I had a passion for massage first as a client and knew firsthand its benefits.

It was after discovering Lomi Lomi during my travels that I fell under her spell.

From this spark, I became determined to study and learn all I could about massage and with the support of friends and family I made the decision to stop what I was doing and change careers, discontinuing a successful business career to become a therapist.

I believe that stress reduction through full body relaxation is a key to health and wellness and that regular bodywork and relaxation therapy is a perfect modality for creating balance and generating well-being. Through caring connections with my clients, I create a zone of trust and comfort, which forms the foundation for a profound relaxation experience.

To see how my clients are moved by the experience fills me with joy and leaves me with an inner peace and sense of purpose and meaning. I feel honored that my clients come to me for healing healthy touch and to help them find calm and improve their physical and mental health.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been a smooth road, but a rewarding one. A midlife male therapist not only faces age bias but gender bias – from the teaching institutions to the employers to the clients. Some of it is overt, but some of it is so subconscious that even the offenders are not themselves aware. And what is funny is if you bring it to their attention they still do not often see it.

Thankfully the clients are the easiest to convert because generally all they need is to be educated, have a little bit of trust and to experience the work – they never look back.

Quite a few of my clients are themselves therapists, and most of my clients are the happiest people I know – at least when I see them (or they see me ).

I have not let either age or gender be an obstacle. I look right past these and pursue the career I wish to pursue.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Healing Hands Bodywork – what should we know?
My practice is known as Healing Hands Bodywork. I specialize in all forms of relaxation therapy. I do have sub specialties such as pre-natal – but my real specialty is Lomi Lomi. It is Hawaiian. I write a lot about Lomi on my site; www.healinghandsbodywork.com. It’s really a way of life, a philosophy. It’s not a collection of strokes.

What am I most proud? I am proud of the testimonials that I get, I am proud of the fact that I am making a difference in people’s lives: even if temporary, and even if only one person at a time,

Someone once told me “you don’t just touch bodies, you touch lives” That was nice.

What sets me apart? It’s not skill. although I am skilled, I know there are many out there with more skill. It’s not experience, as I do have some, others in the field have many more years. Maybe it is a unique combination of skill, awareness, intuitiveness, passion, commitment, enjoyment.

I also love to teach. I teach massage workshops to couples, singles. Private and group workshops to teach touch.

Touch is fundamental. We are more connected than ever yet live more isolated from each other than ever. Touch is as essential in sustaining life. And touch also suffers from social taboos and fears in modern life and I would love to see that start to change.

I don’t “do” massage, I don’t give people a massage, I give them an experience; a moment in time where they can simply “be” in the moment.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I think dedication and passion for the work…to love ones work drives informs every other factor and is something that cannot be learned, it is either inside you or it is not.

Pricing:

  • Traditional Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage (90
  • Minutes / 105 Minutes w/ritual) $175 / $185
  • Swedish / Relaxation Massage (60 Minutes / 90 Minutes) $110 / $150
  • Certified Prenatal / Pregnancy Massage / Postpartum Massage – Mothermassage® 60 Minutes $125
  • Warm River Stones (Hot Stone) 60 Minutes $130
  • Custom Tailored Bodywork Treatments (60 Minutes / 90 Minutes/ 120 minutes) $110 / $150 /$200

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Image Credit:
model: Mackenzie Dugas
photgrapher: Karraline Streifel

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