Carlos Cruz

Journey of Balance

I became a massage therapist in 2014. My journey to bodywork began while serving in the United States Army as a medic. Working in the Western medicine epicenter of a level1 trauma center I was quickly jaded to the ideas of the quick fix that most western medicine seemed to focus on. Deciding to still stay in the medical field I became an Occupational Therapy Assistant in 2012 and began to study manual treatment techniques. Becoming certified in Active Release Technique(ART...

I became a massage therapist in 2014. My journey to bodywork began while serving in the United States Army as a medic. Working in the Western medicine epicenter of a level1 trauma center I was quickly jaded to the ideas of the quick fix that most western medicine seemed to focus on. Deciding to still stay in the medical field I became an Occupational Therapy Assistant in 2012 and began to study manual treatment techniques. Becoming certified in Active Release Technique(ART) for the Upper body and Graston Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation, 

I began to see the wonders of manual techniques and their holistic approach to injury/pain treatment. Exiting the service in 2013 I quickly start massage school where I learned the basic swedish massage techniques while at the same time getting as much information on Deep Myofascial Techniques of which ART was somewhat based on. Starting with Anatomy Trains( a great book by Thomas Myers), I began my journey with Structural Integration(SI) techniques learning a variety of modalities from many different schools of Structural Integration. In summer of 2015 I took this further and became certified in 

For more information on Somassage and Soma go the respective tabs above.

 My work at the moment revolves around using Somassage and SI work to rid people of both chronic and acute pain and body imbalances. I can do focus sessions but the longer time I have the better I can help the body with issues that is going on. Currently I am in the process of finishing my education in SI as I am enrolled in a program to become a Certified Soma Practitioner. I hope to bring this work together with my eastern medicine practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine of which I start at OCOM Fall 2016. As well as my medical knowledge I also bring my background in fitness being a certified Crossfit Coach with deep understanding of Barbell lifting( Power and Olympic styles) as well as a growing knowledge and proficiency in Gymnastics, Bouldering and general Rehab/Prehab and Strength and Conditioning.

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Where I Work
Available Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Licenses
Massage

WA # MA60499241

Massage

OR # 21677

Education
2014

Bellevue Massage School

LMT

1970

Soma Institute of Neuromuscular Integration

SOMA

Experience
Bodywork

Structural Integration

2016 Learning and practicing taking clients through 11 series of structural integration bodywork sessions for increased balance in the whole body

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

2012-2015 , performed rehad on upper extremity using different myofascial techniques to aid with injury, post surgery and general pain.

Fitness

Crossfit coach

2012-2016 Taught and led classes in strength and conditioning as well as mobility to aid clients in goals.

REVIEWS for my Bodywork services

by Adam on Apr 22
Carlos is very skilled. I would highly recommend him and will be going back again.
by Anonymous on Apr 14
Carlos has an amazing touch. Really great massage. I plan on going back.
by Anonymous on Apr 11
Very relaxing!
by Anonymous on Apr 04
It was a wonderful experience. Carlos was very respectful and repeatedly checked in to make sure that I was alright. He was quite skilled, and I left feeling the best I had in months
by Anonymous on Mar 28
Carlos' hands know so much and help muscles let go, help me feel better! His massage was one of the best I've ever had. - K
by Nikki on Mar 27
Great job. Will be back
by Julie on Mar 13
Carlos was able to quickly address exactly where my muscles needed attention to help alleviate tightness and help the muscles release into relaxation. He was in tune and attentive to any areas of discomfort and was very considerate in creating a comfortable healing atmosphere. I highly recommend Carlos!
by Kelsey on Mar 13
I always feel calm and comfortable during a session, and my body feels so much happier after!
by Susanna on Mar 05
This was one of the best massages I've had in a while. I've had a lot of chronic pain in my lower back, and Carlos was able to open up that area and relieve quite a bit of the pain even after one treatment. I definitely plan on going back.
by Susan on Mar 05
Carlos did a wonderful job and I would highly recommend his services. He was very knowledgable and the surroundings were very relaxing.

SPECIALTIES: Bodywork and Massage techniques I perform

Bodywork & Massage

  • Structural Integration
  • Mobile Structural Integration
  • Mobile Massage
  • Mobile Shiatsu
  • Shiatsu
  • East Asian Treatment Session
  • Other

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