Russ Beasley, L.M.T., ('89) is an in-demand therapist with elite athletes and Broadway performers.
What makes his
admits that his
massage work was more forceful when he
was first out of school.
With private clients, Russ
tends to allow 75 to 90 minutes for a session.
However, when he
is working backstage, the pace picks up considerably.
"During a show I can generally spend only 15 or 20 minutes for each performer," he
says, "so I have to be adept at editing my choice of techniques all the time."
If a dancer comes to him complaining about pain in the back, knees and shoulder, Russ
will ask which area feels most important and start there.
"An injury may not be bad enough to keep a dancer from performing," Russ points out, "but it may affect the performance, or it could get worse if ignored.
That's why it's important to have therapists on hand for shows where there is a lot of physical exertion."
has worked with the cast of three Broadway shows.
While Russ was the massage therapist for the spectacular dance musical Movin' Out, the producers and cast held him in such high esteem that he had a credit in the show's Playbill!
Russ, a senior member of the faculty for the Swedish Institute's Massage Therapy Program, offers his expertise in this area to students and graduates through private tutorials.