1. Tell us a bit more about you and your practice as it is today? i.e. are you a solo practitioner or a business owner? If solo, what kind of an establishment do you work for, how large is it, what is the clientele like, what is the specialty offered? If it is a business that you own, kindly include the same time of relevant information that will give the reader a good idea about your establishment/practice. Please also include where you live and work?
My name is Avigail Berg-Panitz, I’m a social entrepreneur and the owner of The SoundWell Corp – a startup based in South Florida. Vibroacoustic Therapy was invented by Olav Skille from Norway.
VAT is inner body massage that vibrate organs, tissues and cells in bones, muscles, nerves and blood systems. I’m a massage therapist, vibroacoustic therapist , meditation teacher and a healer.
I created a bodymindspirit treatment which I call – OverAll Attunement which integrate all the modalities I have mentioned.
2. Tell us why you chose to go into massage and at what point in your life did you decide to do so? What were you doing at the time? Where did you first hear about the massage career? What factors influenced your decision? What were you looking to get out of this decision?
I was a healer in Israel. I was doing my master degree in Holistic Health. I decided to learn Massage because I wanted to learn about body anatomy and how my touch affected body and mind
3. What were some of your questions and concerns before further pursuing your massage therapy goals? Talk about concerns with school and the profession itself.
I didn’t have any particular concern. I wanted to learn. I got my diploma from an Israeli Massage school called Tiltan College in Tel Aviv.
4. What is your specialty and what are the top three contributing factors to your success today?
In my Overall treatment I combine massage therapy together with vibroacoustic therapy. The patient lies on a massage table that on top of it I put my vibroacoustic therapy MAT.
This is a real cool experience. Vibroacoustic Therapy really complements Vibroacoustic therapy .We have some massage therapists that combine both modalities.
5. What do you like about your specialty? What do you like about what you do in general as a career? Why?
I regard myself as integrative and holistic therapist. I specialize in self- management tools for wellness. I also teach self-massage. I love to give hope and body-mind balance tools to enable people to regain their vitality, reduce pain, stress, insomnia and anxiety – with no chemicals.
6. What do you not like about what you do? Why?
I like all what I do.
7. If there were three things you could change about your work or the industry as a whole what would they be? Why would you change them? What would you change them to?
I would add vibroacoustic therapy to all massage schools . Deep tissue massage doesn’t reach the deep tissues as low sound frequencies inner body massage does. In addition , the sensation of having both modalities simultaneously is amazing.
8. How long do you plan to practice and what do you plan to do after?
I do variety of things including wellness workshops. I will stop when I can no longer be in motion
9. Do you currently have another job or business whether full time or part time? Tell us a bit more about it and how you are able to juggle that with your massage career?
As I wrote – massage therapy is one of the modalities I use. I own my startup – we are looking to collaborate with massage therapists from all around the US to become our regional business associates. I do personal and business development.
10. What are some mistakes you made in your career pursuit that you’d like to warn other students about so they can learn from your experience and avoid it?
Since i’m a life coach , i sometimes forget that some people want a one time relaxation and not series of sessions.
11. What would you advice someone who is looking at massage therapy schools? What do you recommend they look for and how? How do you recommend they determine whether the school is the right one for them?
12. What do you recommend for someone who wants to go to massage school but cannot afford it?
If massage therapy is your passion, take a half yearly program and work in part time jobs.
13. What are your three biggest points of advice for an aspiring massage therapist today? What should they do/not do? What should they think about and consider?
- Be sensitive to your clients’ needs & limitation and expectations
- Be professional and ethical in what you do
- Take care of yourself.
14. Any open thoughts / comments – anything else that you’d like to share about yourself, the massage industry, profession, future, etc? If nothing, make one prediction for the future of massage?
I hope there will be more research about the benefit of massage to reduce pain & stress
15. What is your passion outside of massage? What are your hobbies and interests which you pursue when you are not working? Tell us why you enjoy what you enjoy.
My main focus is integrative wellness with low sound frequencies. In our vision every home, every business, every school and rehab center should have a vibroacoustic therapy mat. We believe massage therapists could easily incorporate Vibroacoustic therapy.
You can read more about Avigail Berg-Panitz and what she is doing on her website here.