Latest Review: Simply put, Willie is the best massage therapist I've ever been to in my life. And I've been to many.
I'm 6'1" and 235lbs and I have severe disc generation throughout my neck with bulges and bone spurs at 2 levels. I also have a severely degenerated disc in my lower back with a broad base diffuse disc bulge. I'm also pretty confident that I have issues in my thoracic (mid-back) area now, but honestly I have enough spine issues to know that getting another MRI to tell me I have more disc problems really isn't gonna change anything, unless I want to have spinal fusions, which I have refused for 5 years. I'm not doing that until I HAVE to... I've seen my mom go through too much with 4 spine surgeries.
Anyways, due to the issues above, I have significant upper back/neck pain as well as fairly significant lower back pain, and all the pressure on all these nerve roots also causes pain in all four limbs. To say I have moderate, widespread musculoskeletal pain on a daily basis would be referring to my good days.
With all this muscular tension and widespread pain, a good, deep tissue massage feels amazing. Problem is, most therapists I've been to aren't strong enough to go deep enough, and/or their technique isn't very impressive. Because I'm a bigger, muscular guy, I've been to therapists who were small women who looked at me and said "Geez I hope you don't want deep tissue!" Of course I do!
Every therapist always says "Let me know if you want more or less pressure." I ALWAYS say the same thing: "More. You can't hurt me."
Willie is the only therapist I've ever had that ever came close to me saying "Ok less pressure." If you want a deep tissue, sports massage that actually is deep enough to help your tense, tired and sore muscles... Willie is definitely The Man. I don't get massages so I can "relax and be pampered", I get massages for PAIN RELIEF (although I'm super relaxed by the time he's done too!). Going deep on taxed muscles may hurt a little bit, but it hurts in a good way, and all that scar tissue that forms into knots can be broken up. And the end result is I FEEL GREAT when I walk out his door.
I'm sure Willie has the ability to give you a more pampering and relaxing massage if that's what you're looking for - he's very talented. But he is also strong enough and has amazing technique if you want a deep tissue massage, or sports massage.
Last but not least, Willie's prices are comparable or cheaper than others I've been to, and I can't complain about that!
*Willie also does hypnotherapy, and on one session he included some of this with a focus toward pain relief at no charge for me to try it out. This was also beneficial.
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