A massage with a message

Massage therapist seeks to revitalize body while educating the mind.

“Adjusting your car’s rear view mirror could improve your posture. Adjusting your work space could remove that kink in your neck, says Guy Sidora, licensed massage therapist. Sidora, who opened a new massage business in June, thinks of himself as not just a toucher but a teacher. Sharing information is as vital as the actual massage to improving the lives of his clients, he said. We talk about posture, what you do for a living, what consumes your day, he said. People come in here and say ‘I have this thing.’ Well we’ll work on that ‘thing,’ he said. He will not only try to improve the condition (stress, injury etc.) with massage, but suggest changes in behavior to correct the problem. For instance, placing your car’s rear view mirror slightly higher will cause you to sit up straight while you drive. Sidora’s enthusiastic, energized approach to massage contrasts the quiet calm of his work area located in Poulsbo’s Armstrong Fitness University. Being in the gym gives Sidora’s business some visibility, but the location also fuels his positive attitude. Everyone who comes through those doors is trying to improve themselves, he said. You surround yourself with that kind of energy and it’s a good day. Aside from the gym, Sidora spends one day a week on Bainbridge Island bringing massage into people’s homes. He also offers 15-minute massage sessions out in the gym to let people see that massage is accessible to anyone. Sidora, who lives on Bainbridge Island, has been a massage therapist for the past four years. He got interested in massage therapy after a friend tried out massage techniques on him that she had picked up at a weekend seminar. WIth a new mission in life, Sidora sought out what he believes is the best massage school in western Washington. He spent a year learning the science behind the art of making people feel good at the Brian Utting School of Massage in Seattle. He received 1,000 hours of training and has been sharing his knowledge ever since. Massage sessions typically last from 30 minutes to an hour and a half with prices set accordingly. One of the perks of the job is spending time getting to know people and keeping it real. That means no special candles, gurgling fountains or mystical mumbo jumbo, unless requested. What I do for people gives them a chance to integrate massage into their real lives, he said. Sidora’s practical approach, he hopes will put people at ease about getting a massage. You don’t have to be naked on the table or alone in a room. If you want to lay on my table in a snowsuit, it’s OK, he said. It’s also OK to shop around for the right massage therapist for you, Sidora said. People go to one barber for 30 years. People go to the same doctor until they die. I am speaking to those people who are still looking for a massage that meets their needs. “