Today we’d like to introduce you to Lyssa Gettys Uchida.
Lyssa, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
In many ways, I have been a massage therapist all my life. My Grandfather, an amateur massage therapist, taught me much of my intrinsic technique. My earliest memory of massage is with him teaching me how to massage my mom’s feet, showing me the pressure points.
Family vacations often involved my mom, cousins, and aunties forming a massage circle, each of us kneading one another’s shoulders, talking, and reflecting on our favorite moments from the day’s adventure. Even in high school, I used to charge for mini shoulder rubs to friends in the stands to collect lunch money for the week. It wasn’t until the recession of 2008 that I began my massage career professionally. I had lost my administrative position at a realty company and was desperately looking for a new job. In my job search, massage therapy positions repeatedly popped up. I started massage school while finishing my undergrad at CSUF and over time my love and attention toward helping my clients through massage therapy grew. In turn, so did my clientele following, which over time pushed me to think about having my own practice, developing its structure, and the types of services I wished to provide to clientele.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I don’t know of a time when the road has been completely smooth. As a small business owner, you are always moving from one issue to the next. There are always areas that will need your attention from repairs, budgeting, prep, or cleaning. I seemingly have a never-ending to-do list of improvements concerning my studio, online presence, and continuing education. It is important to me to ensure I am up to date on the latest science, research, and improving my skills. But one struggle I find particularly unique to my profession is the validity in a professional capacity. Massage therapy is still seen by a large majority of the public and the healthcare field as being frivolous or more of a luxury treatment, which for some practices it very well maybe. But there are many massage therapists, like myself, specializing in sports and clinical modalities that are a vital aid in the sports arenas, physio and chiropractic offices, hospitals and hospice, dentistry, and in all types of rehabilitative care. It is my hope that one day, massage therapists will be in all of these settings, available to the public at large and part of anyone’s health insurance policy just as with any other healthcare practitioner.
Please tell us about Gettys Sports & Orthopedic Treatment.
I am a certified massage therapist specializing in sports and rehabilitative massage therapy. My goal with clients is to help them become attuned with their bodies both mentally and physically; aiding in alleviating soft tissue dysfunction, working toward achieving more function and mobility. Treatments focus on targeting either acute or chronic muscular dysfunction and are completely tailored to the individual’s health needs. Whether they are a weekend warrior or a computer athlete, every individual experience differs from physical stressors which I am an aid in alleviating.
Most if not all of my clients are coming in with specific aches and pains. These can manifest from physical discomfort to psychological stressors. Fear, stress, and anxiety lead to increased pain receptors and of course, pain itself can lead to stress, which leads to more pain. Oftentimes, a client’s issue is one that massage can help manage on a physical level. It is why I have focused on specializing in modalities such as myofascial mobilization, neuromuscular, sports and clinical orthopedic to provide a more detailed manual therapy relief in my community. But in helping with someone’s pain management, often a spa-type environment by providing relaxation massage gives the brain a chance to let down its guard and experience something non-painful and even pleasant for the body. So I questioned myself on how massage therapy can tackle both physical and psychological discomfort? I have been incredibly fortunate to have worked in different aspects of the massage therapy world, from spas to chiropractic offices, and mobile massage to clinical settings. It is from these experiences which have helped shape my business.
I have worked hard to blend the best aspects of both the relaxation of a spa environment with the targeted and technical modalities of a massage clinic. And while there is not a cure-all for pain, by providing a space and treatment that blends the best of both worlds, I feel my attention to detail sets me apart from the generic corporate massage establishments. What has come out of this is the amazing relationships and support from my clients and community in the South Bay Beach cities and it is what I am most proud of in my practice.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
It’s very difficult for me to narrow down one favorite memory. I grew up in the Eastern Sierra Nevada and White Mountains of Owens Valley. Needless to say, it is very beautiful and for me a magical place. My childhood was filled with family hiking trips, fishing, and camping throughout the Owens Valley. We often would stargaze right outside our front yard. We had the opportunity to go on weekly ski school trips to Mammoth Mountain for six dollars a trip. Still, I would say one of my most vivid childhood memories was when I was about five. We were visiting with my aunt and uncle at their park ranger cabin in Devil’s Postpile National Monument (my uncle worked there for twenty-five years as a park ranger). I will admit I had been going through a “cry wolf” phase, and by this time my family had had enough of my wild, crazy, and imaginative stories. My Mom and Auntie were busy making bacon and eggs for everyone, so I took my plate outside to the picnic table alone.
After I sat down, a young black bear started running toward me. Leaving my plate at the table, I bolted into the cabin screaming to everyone, bear, bear! No one moved, no one believed me. I grabbed my mother’s hand pulling her towards the porch. “Oh my God, there is a bear Walt,” she cried! As he popped his head out, he immediately got on the radio and alerted the rest of the park rangers. Those were the years before bear-proof garbage cans and such, so bears would occasionally come into the campground and when there is a baby bear, momma is usually not far away. The park rangers working that day scared off the cub but not before it had taken my bacon and eggs with it and fortunately, there was no sighting of momma bear. A funny story, my family and I reminisce now and again. What I learned that day was invaluable. Having credibility is important and not to be taken for granted. No more “crying wolf” for me!
- My treatment prices are based on time not on the modality provided in order to tailor a treatment based on each client’s current needs. It goes without saying that each client’s needs can change at any given day or moment. Clients can choose between 30, 60, or 90 minute sessions with prices ranging from $60 to $140.
- Address: 220 S. Pacific Coast Hwy.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
- Website: www.GettysSportsOrtho.com
- Phone: (310) 515-9323
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @FemmeFatalOfFascia
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