Providing pain relief massage therapy in Rochester, NY
Shawn Belles, Licensed Massage Therapist
Helping people with massage is a passion of mine. As a massage therapist, I focus on making people feel better and relieving them of pain. I do this by listening to my clients, conducting proper assessment, and making sure problem areas are worked on during massage. My clients know that the work that I do helps them tremendously.
My training includes study in neuro-muscular techniques to help with nerve restrictions & adhesion's in muscle. I'm currently studying Myofascial Release & Orthopedic techniques to better help my clients with their pain management. It is important to me to keep current on recent pain science studies to better help my clients.
Do you just want to relax? Need to de-stress? I can do that as well. Massage for general relaxation can be just as important for healing. I also work on expecting moms with prenatal massage.
Many of my clients ask me "how did you get into this line of work?". Before I found my way into massage, I was serving my country in the US Air Force for seven years. My job was Security Forces, a mix of both security & law enforcement. While the job had its ups and downs, I always enjoyed any opportunity to help people out of their bad situations. I left the military because I wanted to help people in a different capacity. When I went back to school for nursing, I discovered the massage program and fell in love with it.
I graduated Finger Lakes Community College in 2010 with a degree in Therapeutic Massage & Integrative Healthcare. Since then, I've helped hundreds of people with their chronic pain and discomfort. I've worked closely with several doctors and healthcare professionals in determining treatment plans for patients. I continue to educate myself on ways to improve my skills and help my clients.
When I am not at the office, I'm busy performing mobile massage to homes or businesses. You can find out more about this service Here. Being very active at the Rochester Institute of Technology, I provide chair massage for the Peace Partners program and teach an Introduction to Massage Therapy course for students. Teaching massage is one of the best highlights of my job!
In my free time, I like to practice what I preach by getting massages 2-3 times a month. I like going to the gym several times a week, along with going on a occasional run. Self-care ensures I'm working at full capacity when you're on my massage table. I come home to my awesome wife Heather, my son Ethan, and our three active dogs (Coco, Killer, and Indy!).