About Dave, LMT

Dave, Licensed Massage Therapist

Hello, my name is Dave Varney and I have been performing massage therapy for the better part of 28 years. At age 14, I would help my fellow hockey players with cramps and small pains. They always said they felt better. That encouraged me to continue. A few years later, I got my first table and started doing real massage. After many years of working with team mates, friends and colleagues, I was encouraged to attend a school and become a licensed professional.

In 2009 I attended the Cortiva Institute in Watertown and received an education in better use of my techniques and alternative modalities. Sports massage has always been my focus. I can explain what I am doing and why during sessions. I offer some advice on stretching, training and nutrition, and I’m told I’m fairly humorous. Since graduating, I have worked with athletes from many disciplines. Each sport involves specific muscle groups and require specific treatments. I will help determine your best options for keeping your body much more in tune with your exercising needs. Range of motion will be greatly increased with one treatment.

The FMS(Functional Movement System) is key to understanding all of the underlying issues facing our muscles every day. From the way you carry your bags to the way you point your feet, every part of your movement is designed to flow smoothly. When you’re feeling like movements are no longer smooth or they cause pain, that is when you come and see me. Not only will I help your present condition but I’ll show you ways to avoid many of the little pains forever.

I keep updated on new massage and training techniques. I also keep abreast of the newest studies by collegiate athletic training directors from universities around the world. My longest standing client is a stone mason who has had every injury and pain in the proverbial book.

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About the Practice

Therapeutic massage has been around since before recorded time. The benefits have been uncovered slowly, and by many cultures around the world. Pain may be a part of life but in many cases, massage therapy can provide relief, sometimes permanent relief from pain. Before having surgery, I suggest you consult a qualified LCMT. I have ended carpal tunnel for many people, rotator cuff issues for others. Plantar fasciitis doesn’t have to keep you down either and you can stop it from ever bothering you again. Please give therapy a chance before believing you couldn’t let a man massage you or that it wouldn’t work for you or even worse, committing to surgery.

The massage therapy I perform differs from a spa like experience because focus work on specific problem areas is a priority. Releasing the tension that causes the pain using a “hurts so good” technique. Deep tissue work is not expected to relax in the moment but rather stimulate healing, promote blood flow and a better mind-body connection for the athletes as well as relax the whole muscular system. This will produce endorphins that bring on a calm and peace within the body. This is not your trainer’s massage, nor is it a fluff and buff session. You’ll consider yourself lucky to have found someone with hands like mine. I was given the nickname “The Knot Whisperer” by a Patriots player with whom I worked and it stuck.

My goal is to help every athlete reach higher and make greater strides. Injuries are common among athletes but they can be reduced and in many cases prevented. If an injury is sustained, I can promote healing, loosen fascia that has become rigid and prevent more injuries through a postural/kinesthetic assessment and training.