(Originally appearing on the Lionville Holistic Health Center blog, April 19th, 2010)
I'm William M. Bryan, massage therapist, owner of Tri-Scale Massage & Bodywork, and Director of the Lionville Holistic Health Center.
Q. Bill, how long have you been involved in massage therapy, and had a practice at the Holistic Center?
Bill: I graduated from the East/West School of Massage Therapy in 2002, received my National Certification later that same year, and have had my practice at the LHHC since 2006.
Q. What drew you to learning massage therapy?
Bill: I've had many jobs, from 'chef-ing' to cabinetry, but never felt that any of them were what I was 'supposed' to be doing. While I became interested in alternative health at the age of 16, I only considered a career with this when I was 39.
I attended a massage school to learn anatomy and physiology, and to gain an introduction to alternative health modalities. But, at that time, I truly had no interest in becoming a massage therapist per se. But after realizing that conditions like sciatica and plantar fasciitis could be relieved by therapeutic massage, I knew I had found my calling.
Q. What's your superpower? In other words, what unique gifts, experiences and insights do you bring to your practice?
Bill: My background in construction and design allows me to appreciate structure and the forces at work therein - most importantly, the ability to troubleshoot and assess structural imbalances.
Interestingly, a lot of the previous jobs I had held, while seemingly unrelated, turned out to bring relevance to my understanding of how the body works. I also bring a unique philosophical slant, drawing primarily from Scriptural and scientific principles as I understand them.
Q. What kinds of people seek out your services?
Bill: The bulk of my client base is comprised of people with chronic injuries that are seeking to avoid the use of pharmaceuticals and surgeries. Some just want massage to relax and unwind, but most come seeking reparative work.
Q: What do you find most rewarding about this work?
Bill: When I've been able to help someone avoid surgery, or come off pain medications, that's when I am sure I am where I'm supposed to be, and doing what I'm supposed to be doing. My world comes together at that point. If I was a millionaire (which isn't likely to happen anytime soon :), I would still do what I do.
Q: What's next for you? What's your vision?
Bill: I would like to one day start a healing arts school dedicated to alternative therapies based on sound science along with Biblical principles of healing.
Q: What else brings joy to your life?
Bill: Music (both playing and listening), art, poetry, gardening, political & philosophical discussions, sitting by the ocean, studying and teaching Scripture.
I often say that I'll have to live to 103 to pursue everything I want to do!
Q: What would you like people to come away with from your sessions together?
Bill: Pain relief, primarily. But more than that, an increased appreciation of their own sense of self-worth. I want them to know that they have been 'fearfully and wonderfully' made!