Join us for our new blog series: Meet Your Practitioners and learn more about our staff of holistic health experts here to help you reach your optimum wellness goals at the Toronto Wellness Centre!
Q. How long have you been a Registered Massage Therapist, and what made you choose this career?
A. I have been a practicing RMT since late in the Jurassic period, when dinosaurs ruled the earth. Hang on, dinosaurs still rule the world!
I was actually first registered 34 years ago, in 1982. Coincidentally, “Hurts So Good” by John Cougar was a big hit that year.
I chose to study massage therapy because in 1972 my back was badly injured working on construction. The orthopaedic surgeon recommended that herniated discs required spinal fusion surgery, but fortunately my GP didn’t want my 22 yr old back operated on, and helped me find alternative therapies: Chiropractic, Massage, and yoga, and today I am fully recovered, without any surgery.
Q. What do you enjoy most about your job?
A. The best part of my job is helping people get over their pains and injuries, and being part of their long-term active healthy life.
Q. Why is your field important?
A. Massage is a proven natural therapy, combining innate human sensitivity and strength with the latest scientific discoveries. Today people don’t want to take pills to mask the problem, they want to solve it and we help them do that.
Q. What is something surprising about yourself?
A. I love road trips. I have driven to New Orleans, Quebec City, Vancouver, Halifax, Apalachicola Fl. and many more.
I have cycled from San Francisco to L.A. in ten days, and from London to Rome in 44 days and look forward to more, especially to Dharamsala, home of the Dalai Lama and the ancient Tibetan School of Medicine.
Q. What do you like to do outside of your work at the Toronto Wellness Centre?
A. Maybe because I work in a windowless room, I like to get outdoors and be active. In summer I love swimming in fresh water, which includes beach-combing, skipping stones, campfires and hot dogs and cycling the trails. In winter, cross country skiing is wonderful exercise and antidote to cabin fever.
Q. What is something that you wish everyone knew about their health/wellness?
A. I wish everyone could feel what a positive impact 4 minutes of yoga in the shower every morning can have. Then add 1/2 hour of aerobic walking or cycling and you are good to go!
To schedule a massage appointment with Nick Furgiuele RMT, click here or call 416-920-2722!