2013-05-22 / Community

Hands-on Business Promotes Healing, Wellness

By Annie Chesnut

Above, Brad practices massage on his wife, Tamara. Below, his sunny massage room. Photos courtesy Bradford Teasdale.Above, Brad practices massage on his wife, Tamara. Below, his sunny massage room. Photos courtesy Bradford Teasdale.It’s hard to imagine Brad Teasdale doing anything else but making people feel calm and relaxed. His entire demeanor is peaceful as he pads across a flagstone floor and effortlessly places himself on a wooden bench for our conversation.

The Garrison home on Route 9D he shares with his wife, Tamara, and two children (both younger than two) is equally calming, with waterfalls, woodlands, a bamboo forest, large windows, high ceilings, an absence of clutter, and a slight fragrance of incense in the air. The feng shui gods are clearly smiling on this place.

And that, of course, is how it should be, since Brad’s job as a massage therapist is all about inducing both physical and emotional calm and relaxation.

Brad, a Licensed Massage Therapist, and Tamara landed in Garrison about two years ago, but he reached his current place in life in a circuitous manner, starting out in New Jersey, moving on to Lehigh University, where he studied finance, and then on to Wall Street banking, a position that didn’t suit his temperament. Instead he embarked on a mission to find himself, and it was in Thailand where Brad did just that. He returned to the USA to study conventional allopathic (that is, mainstream, remedy-based medicine) therapy and went on to adapt his approach to incorporate some Swedish, some Thai, some Shiatsu, and other techniques as well. “I really cut my teeth in Manhattan working at a spa called Great Jones Spa,” he told the PCN&R.

Brad’s skill is clearly in demand. He works in New York with the American Ballet Theatre and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, but is definitely trying to concentrate his focus on the greater Garrison community now that he has a growing family. He relies on word of mouth to build his customer base and is hopeful that he can continue to expand his services in his current location.

Several weekends ago Brad worked with a local yoga studio on a special program focusing on tension in the neck and shoulders—an all-too-common affliction in today’s world. He hopes to do more collaboration with area body workers. “I’m not trying to put myself out of business,” he said, “but you can release tension in your neck and shoulders by warming up the area and stretching it properly.”

“Body work shouldn’t hurt,” Brad cautioned. Even with deep tissue massage, “we don’t want to cause more inflammation,” but that can happen if a practitioner isn’t careful.

He says there’s a lot of overlap between massage and physical therapy, except that now, in New York State, so-called P.T.s have to earn a doctor of physical therapy, “and the training is very much standard,” in terms of Western medicine— although some practitioners do incorporate aspects of yoga and other disciplines.

How long does a standard massage take? Brad says an hour is good, but 90 minutes, or even two hours, can be great.

For more information, including rates and services, contact Brad Teasdale, LMT | 917-362-7546 | bradteasdale@gmail.com

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