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.

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 Tifany on Mar 29
Carlos was very professional and provided a wonderful 60 minute massage focusing on my trouble spots. The only recommendation may be to have a dimmer atmosphere and maybe choice of scented essential oils or Great job...thank you!!!
by Morgan on Mar 27
The treatment massage targeted muscles I've never had worked on while receiving a massge. Carlos was very conscious of his movements and precise with different areas that needed more attention.
by andrea on Mar 25
Great massage. I could feel the changes in my body structure almost immediately, very relaxing as well.
by Lynn purkey on Mar 18
Carlos's skill was off the charts.! Today was the first day in weeks that I Haven't needed to take Advil for my back and neck pain. And he's got a great rebook price! Thanks carlis????
by Aditya on Mar 14
Carlos was very professional with good skill. I would recommend him.
by Shawna on Mar 11
Have an extremely hard time relaxing at all even during massage pretty much no matter how long it is. And I was completely at ease I was trying to talk myself out of falling asleep. Which is super cuz that never happens for me. Kudos Carlos! Thank you so much.
by Abby on Mar 04
Demonstrated a keen understanding of the body and its movement.
by Bria on Feb 27
This massage was Amazing! He is a bit quiet and reserved, and when I was entering the building I thought the office was a bit tricky to get to. It's a single room with just a bed, so it's not fancy and the music is contemporary easy listening, but then when he started he really knew what he was doing. He's is super talented and I can see him being a hard person to book in the future because once he gets his client base they will never want to leave. Highly recommended!
by Gamble on Feb 19
Very knowledgeable and skillful. My lower back did not 'twinge' as it typically would, following my session. Loved the sub-scrap work. Carlos uses very simple treatments that are highly effective.
by MICHAEL on Jan 22
Love the work carlos does

SPECIALTIES: Bodywork and Massage techniques I perform

Bodywork & Massage

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