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 

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 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
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 Shana on Jan 14
One of the very best massages I have had!
by Nicole on Jan 11
Carlos was very professional, attentive to my pain responses, and helped to reduce the intense chronic pain I've been dealing with for the past 10 months. After months of just about every therapy modality that exists, after the first visit with Carlos I noticed a very big difference in my pain level and it is finally more manageable. If you are suffering from chronic pain and are looking to try therapeutic massage, I highly recommend him and I'm extremely grateful for the difference that he has made in my chronic pain journey. My insurance doesn't cover therapeutic massage, but I plan to save up and come back at least on a monthly basis.
by Alyson on Jan 09
Carlos took time with me to describe what was not working and explain what I needed to do to make things better. He was patient with me as everything is difficult for me in the beginning.
by Deborah on Jan 08
Carlos worked on exactly the areas that I needed - more flexibility in motion in my shoulder and knee. I am very happy with the service I received.
by John on Jan 07
Really helped my back strain....acupressure type massage that works! Highly skilled.
by Anonymous on Jan 02
I appreciated Carlos's skill and Precision during my massage. He Was very happy to talk about his technique and method.
by Erin Heather on Dec 18
It was the perfect amount of pressure, and I enjoyed it. It was different than a regular massage.
by David on Dec 14
Like the use of pressure points. Could have used a bit more oil. Felt dry at times.
by Caryn on Dec 11
Carlos is great! He is so skilled I felt like he was reading my body and could see where it needed work. He does use a lot of pressure but I like that. I found the massage very therapeutic and relaxing.
by Carol on Dec 10
Carlos love what he does. and does it very well. He has magic hands. The Soma massage was an extraordinary experience. Several hours after the massage I had an amazing amount of energy physically & mental clarity. I felt as though my body had been cleansed by a breath of fresh air. Don't know any other way to explain it. Highly recommended!!

SPECIALTIES: Bodywork and Massage techniques I perform

Bodywork & Massage

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

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