Bruce Costello has been a massage therapist since 1979. He teaches at a massage school and offers continuing education for massage therapists. Bruce is also a formally trained educator, Doctor of Chiropractic, certified personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist. He is a presenter at the AMTA 2018 National Convention on the topic of total body renewal and self-care. Learn more about him, what he finds most satisfying about massage work, and why you should attend his convention session.
What drew you to the massage therapy profession? How long have you been practicing?
I've been a massage therapist for 39 years. I was drawn to the profession because I'm a nurturer and love helping people feel better. As every massage therapist knows, there's an incredible satisfaction in hearing your client say, "Thank you - I feel much better!"
Where have you worked? Where do you work now?
It has always been my dream to return to my massage practice and teach Corrective Bodywork® seminars. I have practiced as a chiropractor, owned a massage school, and pursued other healthcare enterprises over the years. I currently teach fitness classes at the Y and provide Corrective Bodywork at clients' homes.
What do you find challenging about massage work? How have you faced it?
One of the biggest challenges for me - and many therapists - is the physical demands of the massage profession. In 2006, I began a personal journey to find a way I could help clients without "killing" my body. I've had painful wrist, thumb, back, and shoulder problems over the years of practice. I developed the system of Corrective Bodywork to heal my body while I heal others.
How has AMTA impacted your career?
I became an AMTA member in 1980. I appreciate that the association is always giving back to the profession.
Why should massage therapists attend your session at the AMTA 2018 National Convention?
I want therapists to know that working with the nervous system to regulate the muscular system is the key to working with ease. Neurological reflexes are consistent and predictable. Imagine the knee jerk reflex. Every time you tap the infrapatellar tendon, the reflex causes the knee to jerk. Understanding how to use nerve reflexes makes releasing and lengthening muscles indescribably simple.
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