Ron - Licensed Massage Therapist
Who are you?
I am Ron Rhinehart, a former Marine who spent 21 years working in IT for the Marines, EDS, HP and General Motors. I’m happily married with 3 kids. When I am not busy working your knots out, I enjoy just about any outdoor activity and hanging with my Great Dane Maggie and Chihuahua Butter Bean.
Why did you become a massage therapist?
After some much needed soul searching, I decided to leave over two decades of experience in IT as a Microsoft engineer to find an avenue of work which would provide me with a better sense of fulfillment and happiness. Knowing that I desired to work closely with people, I initially looked into nursing, personal training, and physical therapist’s assistant as possible new career paths. However, I ultimately decided on massage therapy. I believed it to be the best fit for me, combining a love of people and the ability to help them achieve relief from any ailments they suffered from.
Where and when did you go to school?
Early in 2015, I quit my job with General Motors and immediately enrolled at Central Maryland School of Massage in Frederick, Maryland. Their curriculum was quite comprehensive, providing me with deep understanding and knowledge of the body, muscles and their function, totalling over 750 hours meeting or exceeding requirements for state licensure in 47 states.
What modalities do you specialize in?
My work ranges from the more commonly known Swedish and deep tissue methods to using more specialized techniques like myofascial release, trigger point, and passive or active stretching (such as PNF proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation). I try to incorporate several modalities into one session depending on what the client desires, what their bodies need, and their hopes for the sessions outcome.
List any dysfunctions and acute/chronic conditions you have treated or particularly specialize in:
I have previously helped clients with golfer’s and tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, chronic and acute shoulder and/or neck pain, TMJ, Polio (which had resulted in severe atrophy of one limb), medically fused ankles, and hip/knee replacements. Although I don’t specialize in any one condition, most of these have limited mobility in common and I believe that my approach to gentle stretching and the encouragement of tissue mobility has had wonderful results with many different conditions.
Why is massage important to you?
Massage is important to me because I deeply believe that it can benefit just about anyone regardless of any physical condition they are in. Whether they come to me with chronic issues, or a need to release a little stress, they all walk out feeling the miracle that is massage. People which have never had a massage by a properly trained and licensed therapist are truly missing out on one of life’s greatest pleasures.
How would you describe your style of massage?
My style of massage varies from person to person. When presented with client’s issues and desires of each massage, I approach the massage how I feel is necessary, generally incorporating various deep tissue techniques along with a fair amount of light to heavy Swedish style massage. While pulling, bending, and stretching muscles positively affect mobility and range of motion for the person, taking the intensity down a notch with Swedish techniques help to relieve that same client of stress and tension.
What keeps you motivated?
My motivation simply stems from two things:
1) Helping people find relief from their ailments and promote better function
2) An eagerness to learn new techniques and get better at what I do.