Registered Massage Therapist
Matthew Farrell will be filling in for Todd until further notice.
Massage therapy has a deeply personal significance to me. In 1995, I discovered that I had extensive degenerative damage in my neck (cervical spine), most likely due to playing football. In 2005, I had a herniated disk that protruded into my spinal cord in my neck.
With the threat of becoming a quadriplegic, I was scheduled to have surgery seven months later, but through the efforts of physiotherapy, massage therapy, exercise, prayer, and my own determination, I was able to avoid surgery.
From a young age I have always been involved in sports, including football, baseball, track and field and soccer. From the age of fifteen I became very interested in anatomy, and bodybuilding. I was inspired to maintain and improve my physical strength in order to play football.
During my football years, I sought help for various injuries from chiropractors and physiotherapists. This, in addition to discussions with my own caregivers, led me to begin my education at West College of Massage Therapy in 1994.
A prerequisite for entering massage therapy school is a two-day massage course. It was at this point that I realized: “Wow! I can help other people feel this good.” From that moment on, I knew that I wanted to be in this profession in order to help others.
Because of my own history of injuries and ailments, I can relate to the pain that so many of my patients experience and why they come to me for treatment. Besides massage therapy, my clients also receive life style counseling, in addition to exercise and dietary coaching as part of their treatment.
Besides being a Registered Massage Therapist, I am married , with a son and a dog. Most of my time outside of work is spent with my family, cooking great food, and being active with regular gym and/or bike workouts. In the summer, I keep a garden and love spending time camping in my 1972 VW van. I am also an avid snowboarder during the winter season.