5 Questions with Brian Sweetser: Massage Therapy Director, Father of 5, and World-Champion Black Belt

To say Brian Sweetser is a busy man is like saying Bill Belichick is kind of into football: it’s a bit of an understatement. On top of directing the Elizabeth Grady School’s comprehensive Massage Therapy program, Brian is also a father of 5, a World Champion Black Belt, and owner of his own martial arts Dojo (check out Bay State Martial Arts!). Learn more about what makes Brian such an amazing instructor and what he thinks makes our Massage Therapy program so special.

EG: Why should students choose Elizabeth Grady for their massage therapy education?

Brian: Simply put, because we are the BEST! I’ve been in the massage therapy field for over 17 years and in my opinion, the instructors here are the very best in the field. We have specialists in A&P, Theory & Practical and Integration, as well as a first-rate student clinic. The instructors on the massage floor are all actively seeing clients so they are experienced AND current with their practice.

EG: When did you know you wanted to become a massage therapist?

Brian: I injured my shoulder and the ‘normal’ course of therapies was not working – resting it, physical therapy, medicines etc. My mother went to a chiropractor who had a massage therapist working out of his office. I reluctantly went to see her not having any massage experience. In one, that’s ONE treatment, my shoulder was moving with the most ease and least discomfort it had for a long time. The results of that treatment lasted and I said to myself, if it was ever possible for me to go to massage school, I would. A few years later, that opportunity presented itself and off I went!

EG: What’s the most important thing someone who wants to become a massage therapist should consider?

Brian: The commitment to their education! Regardless of which program they choose, days, full-time days, or evening/weekends, there is a big commitment to seeing the process through. But they do not go through this process alone. The teachers and staff at Elizabeth Grady are here every step of the way!

That's Shihan Sweetser to you.

That’s Shihan Sweetser to you.

EG: Curve ball: If you had to choose one song to wake up to every morning for the rest of your life (think Groundhog Day) what would it be?

Brian: I would have to say, “Come Sail Away” by Styx. The reason behind this is a silly one! One day while playing with my then 3 year old daughter, this song came on and I scooped her up and danced around the room with her while singing along. The very next day, while holding her she said, “Sail Away!” and I had to dance with her while singing…something that still happens on a regular basis.

EG: Who on this planet do you think needs a massage more than anyone else?

Brian: I would say our military veterans, especially those returning from active duty.



One thought on “5 Questions with Brian Sweetser: Massage Therapy Director, Father of 5, and World-Champion Black Belt

  1. Apr 22, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    This was so inspiring to read. I used to go for massages on a regular basis and it really helped with my lower back pains. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to afford to go as often lately but it is something I highly recommend. And Brian Sweetser sounds amazing!

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