Hello blog readers! We are excited to share the first post in our newest series: employee spotlight.
Today we are featuring our Licensed Massage Therapist, or LMT for short, Brad Dishner. Check out the interview below!
Q. How long have you worked at Austin Springs? What was your education before joining us at the spa? A. I have worked here for a year and half, now. Before, I did some chiropractic work, and I worked on the beach doing massage. I have training in neuromuscular therapy massage and certification in the myofascial massage. I’ve learned a lot about carpal tunnel syndrome and how to alleviate that. Also, I just finished training for oncology massage. It’s a service for clients with cancer and a history of cancer.
Q. What led you to a career in this field? A. I was in the restaurant industry for years and it was very stressful. I was looking for something less stressful, something where I could help people, and this was a good fit. I had a close family friend who introduced me to it. I visited a few schools in Florida and I fell in love with Florida School of Massage, and I could see that I could help people. It was also very self-rewarding.
Q. What are some of your goals working in this field? A. With clients, I would like to show them what massage can do beyond relaxation. Massage can prevent people from having to be on medications or having surgery. It can help with pain. I would really like to open up people’s eyes to that.
Eventually I want to teach, and open a massage school one day. I would like to spread that enjoyment to other people.
Q. What is your favorite service to perform and why? A. I prefer the customized therapeutic massage and people who come in with a specific problem. Their shoulder may be hurting, but it can very well be caused by something they’ve done to their low back or feet. There’s an old saying in massage: “it is where it ain’t.”
It’s kind of a puzzle to me to figure out where the problem is. I love doing the myofascial for the same reason. It’s more so truly helping people figure out what is wrong. That’s what I really enjoy about it. The look in a client’s eyes and when they say “I don’t hurt.” My goal is to get them pain free, and at the same time try to advise them with movement therapy. If I can help people get off pain killers or prevent them from having surgery. It’s expensive up front, but in the long run it’s a lot cheaper. (Watch the video below for a basic overview of the myofascial massage)
Q. What have you learned from your clients? A. I learn something every massage. If it’s anything specific, I learn something because everyone’s body is different. There are trigger points that relate to certain places, but it’s not the same place on every person. It’s pretty cool and like I said before, it’s like a puzzle.
Q. Are there misconceptions about certain services that you would like to address? A. Massage is more than relaxtion. Between releasing tension to something emotional, it can really help alleviate that. A lot of people don’t see it as a medical service, they see it more as an indulgence. There are so many things that you can benefit from, pain relief, emotional release, postural holds, and so many people don’t realize this about massage.
Q. Beyond your work at Austin Springs Spa, are there any special hobbies you have? What do you do to have fun? A. My main hobby is disc golf, I do it two or three times a week. I like to do anything outside, whether it’s hiking, walking a trail, or being on a boat.
Q. Relaxation is a major factor in a happy, healthy life. What do you do to relax? A. I mediate daily. It starts my day out right. I do breathing exercises with any range of feelings and just breathe it out. Also, I like getting away with my friends: grilling, football games, and having boat dates.
Are you interested in booking with Brad? Feel free to call us at (423)979-6403, and we look forward to hearing from you!