This post is the second of many in a series to help you get to know our amazing practitioners.
Ryan completed his training at The Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in Cambridge, where he saw first-hand the benefits massage can offer. Ryan is passionate about using Registered Massage Therapy to improve quality of life and perception of personal well-being.
To check out Ryan’s YouTube Introduction, click here.
Meet The Expert:
Q & A with Ryan Kimmich, Registered Massage Therapist
1. Most individuals in health care have a story about what drew them to their field. What is your story?
My story is one of being called to therapy for a long time, but not listening. I gained a range of experiences in many things not related to massage, or therapy in general, but I never felt like I was in the right place. I began studying reflexology in the early 2000’s and realized then that I truly enjoyed working with and caring for people. It only took about 10 years for me to accept that massage therapy was worth investing in and pursuing. The minute I decided to be a massage therapist everything just fell into place. I have never been happier.
2. What do you love the most about massage therapy?
What I love most about massage is when I have insight into a problem, and we get immediate results. Not all treatments can be like that, some problems can be very mysterious. But, sometimes the massage gets the right spots in the right away and the client feels much better within one treatment. That’s the best part of massage.
3. What do you find most challenging about massage therapy?
It’s challenging communicating about the way the body feels. The language to describe pain can feel very inadequate. The hardest part about massage can be understanding the subjective experience of your client and to correctly understand the symptoms.
4. What makes you unique in the field of massage therapy?
Every massage therapist is unique and has a personal way of delivering treatment. We all fall under the same practice standards, but can provide vastly differing experiences. My style could be described as “energetic yet calming”, I suppose. I try to balance thorough repetitive techniques, with a soothing and balanced overall flow.
5. What are you most interested in researching at the moment?
I’m most interested in researching osteopathic techniques and look forward to one day becoming qualified to practice them.
6. Either or:
Introvert or extrovert?
I’m a born introvert who has finally managed to see and enjoy the world as extroverts do.
Chocolate or vanilla?
Vanilla: the original and best.
Fiction or non-fiction?
Fiction: the deepest truths are expressed symbolically.
Early bird or night owl?
Night owl by nature, but early morning can be downright magical.
Winter or summer?
Who doesn’t love being cozied-up inside during a snow storm? Winter.
Adventurous or cautious?
I’m adventurous within an overly cautious bubble.
Cats or dogs?
Cats are more my style, but how can you not love dogs?
Spicy or mild?
Mild: I’ll leave the spice to the professionals.
7. What’s important to you as an individual?
Its important to me to continue to grow and expand in my field and always be sharpening my skill-set. I’m excited to be practicing in 10 or 20 years, and to be able to integrate different therapies and disciplines to shed light on the problems of the human body and mind.