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
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 Dana on Oct 17
I really appreciated Carlos' skill attention to what I was looking for, how he could help, etc. Absolutely great massage -- I will definitely be going back!
by Laurie on Sep 28
Carlos was thorough in his treatment. The firmness of pressure throughout the session was just right. After the massage, my hip flexibilty improved tenfold. I highly recommend Carlos's care for treatment of persistent, troublesome areas.
by James on Sep 26
Very successful. Pleasant environment
by Anonymous on Sep 26
Overall good massage, would have preferred the facility had more staff or customers at the time I was there it felt pretty empty.
by Anonymous on Sep 21
Carlos understands how to "listen" to the tissue he is working on. Excellent, specialized bodywork.
by Anonymous on Sep 18
The massage itself was wonderful and Carlos really knows what he is doing. It would have been nice for a bit of conversation and introduction at the beginning, since it was my first time. It was a late apt. on Sunday night, so understandable if forgotten, due to time of day. I would recommend him.
by Anonymous on Sep 13
Carlos is very skilled at what he does. It's all about relieving the tension in the muscles with none of the fluff.
by Angela on Sep 10
Carlos was amazing. I felt so much better after my Body Treatment. I will absolutely be coming back!
by Adelle on Aug 15
Carlos was incredible! He listened to my (vague, inexpert) description of the issues I was experiencing and was able to address them perfectly, even demonstrating a stretch to help combat them in the future. The massage not only worked out these problem areas, but was really relaxing and enjoyable as well. I will definitely be back :)
by Lara on Aug 12
First time with this body work modality and with Carlos so did not know what to expect. I was really impressed by his skill, knowledge, ability to discuss, answer questions and explain things to me and I felt great afterwards. Pretty amazing how he "knew" where my body was distressed without me telling him. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone!

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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