For most of my professional career, I have worked in various roles within the technology realm. From tech support to programmer, quality assurance to project management, I've seen and done just about every role within a technology company. Even to this day I maintain a full-time job as an engineer making video games. However, I'd like to introduce you to the other side of me. My name is Mark Bourland and I am a Massage Therapist in Austin, Texas and I am strongly supported by Holly, my wife of 17 years, and our four children. Wow, that almost sounded like an AA meeting introduction.
My interest in Massage Therapy began about several years ago when I injured my back. Thankfully, I have two good friends who are both Chiropractors. During my recovery from my injury, they helped me heal and even continue today as part of a wellness program to keep me from re-injuring myself. They both offered a very needed service with open hearts, kindness and compassion, which had a big impact on me. From that point, I began searching for ways that I could do something that would bring healing and wellness to others in a similar fashion: with love, acceptance, kindness, and compassion. While making video games is fun, it doesn’t particularly provide any kind of service to anyone. I wanted to be able to help people. After talking with my wife and friends, and praying about what I should do, I was led to Massage Therapy. With Massage Therapy, I found a way I could make a difference in people’s lives in a healing and holistic way. My personality is that of an introvert, and I can only truly open up in one-on-one or small group situations, which lends itself well to Massage Therapy and the one-on-one connection that can be made with a client.
Through my studies of human anatomy and physiology, I am constantly amazed by the human body. It is a complex and marvelous machine at all levels, from the individual cell all the way up to the Olympic athlete performing feats that most of us can only dream of doing. Among the most fascinating things about the human body is its ability to heal itself. Many people define wellness as an approach to healthcare that emphasizes preventing illness and prolonging life, as opposed to emphasizing the treatment of diseases. Massage is a fantastic and effective aid for many people in promoting the body's natural self-healing and ongoing wellness.
My passion for Massage Therapy comes from the desire to help others achieve this wellness within their bodies and lives. Whether it's for general relaxation after a hard week, specific techniques to aid your recovery from an injury, or building ongoing wellness in your body and spirit, I would love to help. Using Swedish, Lomi Lomi, Deep Tissue, Pregnancy, Sports and Orthopedic massage, my goal is to leave you feeling relaxed, whole and ready to conquer whatever life throws your way. Treat yourself or someone you love to something special today!