Bearhug Bodywork

Dorchester Center, MA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

knowledge is power... So is power😉... Combine the two together and you got someone that can do some really detailed manipulation of muscles, with the power to work deeply and effectively.... but that's one end of the spectrum.. I also do less intense work for those just wanting to relax👌 Regardless of the style I use, maintaining a presence of mind throughout the session keeps me in tune with the client and able to think about how best to address any postural dysfunction; your needs come first.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I enjoy reducing a person's hurts and helping them be their best self.. my job, as a bodyworker, is to help get a person's body back to a neutral posture by addressing the muscles that are either locked short or locked long in thier tug-o-war with eachother; I try to make that fight an even match.... also, consider how far a person is willing to go.. sometimes a person may just want to mellow out on the table.. and that's ok too.. I like to mix it up anyway.. otherwise it feels repetitive


Dorchester Center, MA 02124

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10 Reviews
  • Thumbtack Customer Jul 31, 2017
    He was timely with a clean and fresh environment and a heated massage table. After discussing what to focus on he made me feel right at ease throughout the session. Afterwards he discussed specific areas that he noticed were ailing me and gave me some stretching solutions and strengthening tools to alleviate them. I was very pleased and impressed.
  • Jay G. Jul 29, 2017
    Massage Therapy
    Verified Review
    John was tremendous . Road warrior here, and hit the big trouble spots. He was reliable, good in arranging given I was coming in from out of town.
  • Preeti A. Jul 6, 2017
    Massage Therapy
    Verified Review
    John is excellent. He tailored the massge according to every person's requirement. He is punctual and very professional.
  • Tobias B. Jul 3, 2017
    Massage Therapy
    Verified Review
    Fantastic service! Would definitely use again.
  • Thumbtack Customer Jun 28, 2017
    he was great
  • MARK A S. Jun 16, 2017
    Massage Therapy
    Verified Review
    Great massage for my fiance and I. We will certainly be working with Bearhug in the future!
  • Stephanie C. May 8, 2017
    Massage Therapy
    Verified Review
    This was one of the best massages I have had. John helped me with a hamstring issue I was having, which has helped the pain and soreness I was experiencing. He was professional and attentive. I will definitely see him again.
  • Noelle C. Mar 16, 2017
    Massage Therapy
    Verified Review
    Excellent service and attitude
    John is an extremely professional and experienced masseuse that makes you feel comfortable and relaxed while really working to alleviate your tensions. I recommended him to my mom! I have a lot of tension as a dancer/fitness instructor and he corrected issues that had been plaguing me for ages. Extremely knowledgeable and we'll worth the money
  • Sarah K. Mar 12, 2017
    Massage Therapy
    Verified Review
    I am now a regular
    John is the real deal. I use a wheelchair and he brought all is equipment to me and helped with transferring so that I could get the most out of the experience. I am becoming a regular client. And he is ver calm and friendly, so if you have never had body work done, you shouldn't feel awkward. I am just sorry I can't go to his studio.
  • Morgan L. Jan 26, 2017
    Marvelous Massages from Bearhug!!!
    I have seen A LOT of massage therapists over the years, but the best massages I've ever received have all been given by the incredibly talented John Finn of Bearhug Bodywork. I cannot recommend this therapist enough! John is much more caring and attentive than any other therapist I've had, and is able to hone in on every place your body hurts to relieve the pain. He constantly employs new techniques, so every massage is a little different and feels customized to what you might need during that time. He doesn't rush through a massage and just give you a run of the mill "body polish" that doesn't really help anything at all. You will feel truly pampered if you book with Mr. Finn-he's a real treasure!!


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Yes.. $85, $105, $140 for 60 min, 90 min, & 120 min.. outcalls add another $20. Regardless of style of treatment.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Screen for health concerns that massage will affect good or bad. Ask about thier treatment goals for the session, and any preferences on how detailed or deep I work.. Go through the session, occasionally verbally asking about warmth and pressure. Share stretches that may be helpful, at the end of a massage, as well as any postural changes a person could make
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Massage school, orthopedic training, table thai, reiki II, basic lymphatic drainage
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Hated desk work!!... I enjoy moving around and helping others.. massage satisfies all that.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Everyone but cancer patients undergoing treatment. I've worked with all sizes, quadrapalegic, elderly to teens, computer jocks to sports jocks.. also people with style preferences to barely there touch of Reiki, to full force (almost.. for safety sake) elbows into taut bands of muscle
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Finished my terror dog sculpture!.. inspired by the terror dog in "ghost busters" i created one out of chicken wire and paper mache, about the size of a real labrador.. It took 3 years to make didn't sacrifice detail for the sake of time.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Find someone with at least 2 years experience, and orthopedicaly trained (OMT- orthopedic massage therapist), so you have someone able to work deeply and accurately (safely), if need be.. and even if you aren't a fan of deep work, you'll still appreciate the detailed work with a lighter touch thats much more than a "fluff n buff."
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Do I want to feel good now or later?... Some techniques can cause discomfort, sharp pain should never accompany a given technique, but a greater sense of freedom of movement can be experienced after the session...