Aaron Garrett describes himself as an extremely energetic and creative person. These are also qualities which make him an incredibly successful massage therapist. Aaron is now past the ten-year mark in his career as a licensed therapist, and at this point has worked on an estimated 12,000 people. He has a long history working in The Hamptons, and recently joined as a practicing member here at City Wellness Collective.
Before becoming a massage therapist, Aaron worked as a rehabilitation instructor taking care of patients with conditions like Down Syndrome, schizophrenia, and cerebral palsy. Aaron completed his training and obtained certification from the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Ithaca, New York. His main modality is massage therapy but he is also a bodyworker.
His certificates and training have a lot to do with the anatomy of dance and Resistance and Release, a technique designed by Deane Juhan. Juhan is a professional bodyworker, instructor, and the author of Job’s Body --a book Aaron considers his “Bible and philosophy” for bodywork. When he first got to New York and took classes in the anatomy of dance, he found some clues that helped him define the form of massage he now practices. He finds it to be a very musical, poetic, and high-energy technique. This is part of the reason why “performance bodies” are his main clients. “I do relaxing massages and sleep massages but the people that are seeking me out are people that want a vigorous, energetic massage.”
Right after getting his massage therapy license in New York, Aaron moved out west to Texas. He got his first resort job at a place called Ojo Caliente in the Santa Fe, Taos area of New Mexico. Aaron highly recommends this resort which has an iron, soda, lithium, and arsenic (trace amounts) hot spring with private access. Aaron has worked at day spas all over the United States including Texas, New Mexico, and Florida. During his time in Miami, Aaron coordinated wellness events for production teams. That is where he first started helping performers stay healthy. After a decade of working in these regions, he missed his family in New York, so he decided to move back east.
Typically, in the first session with a client, Aaron gauges their expectations, goals, and reasons for seeking out bodywork. The more specific a client can be, the better. Aaron loves a challenge. “That’s what I love about it, the client participates, it's a relationship. You meet in the middle. What's special about massage therapy is that it is the original medicine. I think that touch and movement are the most powerful medicine that we can offer ourselves.”
Aaron learns something new from every client he’s worked on and keeps detailed notes from all of the spa work he has done to refer back to. Massage therapy is very special to Aaron and he continues to practice because he finds healing from his work. “The healing experience that I provide: it's positive energy. I just have an abundance of it and I'm so lucky that I get to have a livelihood by sharing that with people.”