Our Corporate Massage practitioner partner highlights: Jim O’Connell

Showcasing the best of the corporate massage wellbeing professionals who partner with Seated Massage, helping your people feel fantastic and able to engage more fully with the world around them.

Please tell everyone who you are.

I’m a remedial massage therapist who enjoys the little things.

I initially studied economics and marketing at Uni. I worked in the corporate world and found it wasn’t for me. A creative mind steered me in a different direction.

Studying massage and working with my hands feels like a more genuine version of myself.

An unfortunate sporting injury in high school and the operations and physiotherapy that followed gave me an early insight into the body and my interest has only grown from there.

I play guitar, listen to a wide range of music, practice yoga and meditation. I love food and cooking and bake sourdough bread in my spare time.

Is Corporate Massage ‘it’ for you or do you apply your skills in private practice? If yes, how and where?

I also work in a private practice in Melbourne and offer my services to some clients through mobile massage. The clinical side of massage allows me to take the knowledge and techniques learned and apply them to seated massage clients.

It takes a special kind of person to work as a touch practitioner. Why do you do it?

Whatever job I’ve done in the past I’ve always enjoyed the people and the human connection more than the job itself.

Through massage I meet a lot of different people in a wide range of environments, satisfying the human connection that I crave and I enjoy the diversity.

How does what you do every day contribute to the greater good of your community, or thinking big, the planet!?

I honestly think massage and self-education about our bodies gives us a sense of mindfulness – a connection and awareness of mind to body.

People get a chance to step away from their desk, away from their work environment and routine, and check in with their body. They can engage in a conversation that’s not work related, become more aware of how they’re really feeling mentally and physically, and walk away feeling more positive than when they sat down.

It’s pretty powerful to be able to improve a person’s mood and physical wellbeing in a matter of minutes.

And importantly, because you’re a normal (super) human, what is the most normal thing about you?

I love coffee, craft beer and red wine.