Meet Your Therapist: Charles Strange

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Careers, Health and Wellness

This week we introduce you to one of our Northern California natives, Charles Strange. Charles’ continued education and devotion to his work, accompanied by his skilled hands, lend him the ability to offer quality and effortless tissue work. Schedule yourself with Charles and see why his sincere and calm personality make him another Psoas favorite who consistently strives toward achieving the best session for each of his clients. Read more below to understand the pensive mind behind this amazing therapist. Along with a great deep tissue or sports massage, Charles is also well-versed on an array of floral and plant life, Tai Chi, Chi Gong, and human anatomy, which he can discuss with you during your session. 

1. How long have you been a massage therapist?
I have been practicing massage therapy since 1997.
2. What got you into massage therapy and what do you love about it?
I found massage therapy through the practice of martial arts.  I value massage therapy because it is a powerful form of health care that is very portable!
3. What technique/s do you use and why?
I use a blend of Western techniques such as deep tissue, trigger point and myofacial release, on a platform of Chinese tui na massage.  The Western techniques add specificity to the tui na, which is otherwise very holistic.
4. What’s your goal with a client? What do you want to achieve?
First and foremost, my goal is to find out what the client’s needs are in a particular session, and do my best to provide a session that meets those needs.  If I notice anything else along the way that might benefit from extra focus, I communicate this with my client and together we determine the best course of treatment.
5. What type of client would your style suit best?
My style is versatile and can address the needs of many clients, however it is safe to say that clients who are just as committed to corrective exercise as they are massage will reap the most benefits from the work I do.
6. What’s your favorite body part? Least favorite from a therapist viewpoint (most problematic, tight, etc.)?
I don’t play favorites when it comes to body parts, but I do enjoy giving a great neck massage.
7. What is different about working at Psoas vs. other massage places you’ve worked before?
Working at Psoas is essentially a dream come true.  Everything from my bosses, to my coworkers, to my clients and the space itself combine to provide the best working environment for massage therapists anywhere I’ve seen.
8. What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not relieving tight muscles and getting people out of pain?  
I enjoy the diversity of California’s native flora.  When I’m not at Psoas I’m often on a trail looking to identify every plant I see, or perhaps I’m glued to an ethnobotany book.
9. What are you reading?
I am reading “Movement” by Gray Cook.
10. Where are you from? How long have you been in San Francisco?
I was born in Sacramento, raised in Grass Valley and have been something of a traveler since leaving High School.  I’ve lived in Thailand, Los Angeles, Puerto Rico and Washington before moving to Berkeley in 2009.
11. What’s one piece of advice you would give people to stay loose and limber, healthier?
Drink water!  As a massage therapist I have the privilege to feel with my two hands the bodies of many athletes.  It is striking the difference in tissue quality between those who diligently hydrate between those who do not.