Ode to Larry, Feb 14, 2011
I met Larry in the first year that I moved to Seattle. By the second year, I had made use of his skills as an LMP. It is a decision that has served me well for the last ten years. Larry has been able to offer me healing hands through a life time of soccer injuries, stress of work, research, school, travel and occasional self maintenance days. I have always felt comfortable, cared for and safe on his table.
I think Larry is one of the most interesting men I know in Seattle, he is affable and informed. I appreciate that he is active in his profession and continued to grow, apply and offer different modalities and techniques to his clients. He has a wonderful combination of practical wisdom and professionalism mixed in with a childlike joy for life and all things interesting. I enjoy that he shares the names of all the structures, muscles, tendons and fascia that he works on, and reviews how they are all connected. It helps me connect the dots to better posture, decreasing back pain, stretching out calf muscles, and getting through challenging psoas and periformis sessions.
He listens! He takes his cue from you. You get to decide if you need quiet during the session or if you are up for comfortable conversation. Larry can accommodate either. He checks in with you, asks for feedback and is responsive in his methods of individualizing his care. He’s encourage me to be an active part in my own treatment by putting me to work with passive resistance stretches or offering me suggestions for moves I can do at home. He is open to ideas and interested to know what works for you. During our sessions, I can ask him to focus on a current issue, from my sinuses to my feet, or ask for what he calls his “office worker’s special” which I have come to know is a good once over of head, neck shoulders and back. He knows my weak spot is my lower back and he will go slow and probe. He knows my tough spots, like my plantar fascia, where deep pressure is the only thing that brings me relief. He has smooth transitions and reminds me to breathe if I forget. I’ve learned to recognize his closing strokes. I appreciate the consistency of his closure because it gives me time to prepare for the massage to end, it is not abrupt, just a peaceful adjourned. He always give you time on the table after the massage to regroup and compose yourself in privacy.
I’ve been through three or four different locations with Larry. The space he currently occupies offers a number of advantages over his previous locations, making it easier to relax. He is now at the end of a hall way, with another LMP next door. It’s quiet and warm in the winter, comfortable in the summer. Larry and I may have gaps of time between sessions, but I have always come back to track down his reliable personality, smile and, of course, skilled massage. Every session has been an excellent healing experience.
He is a man of many talents. If he can beat on drums for hours and hours, I am confident he can bring your tired and abused body some relief. You will want more than one session, so book ahead. I got my Valentine’s day therapy session booked already. I cannot imagine life without the years and years of having such talented and reliable care available to me, I wish everyone was so lucky.
Thank you Larry, for being there for me!