When Daniel arrived in London from his native Italy in the early Nineties, he had no idea that the historic Turkish bath, or banya, would change his way of interacting with people and that massage would become his new career.
He began to use the gym at York Hall Leisure Centre and, in the basement, he discovered the last publicly-run historic Turkish Bath or banya in the East End of London. This is a legacy of the Jewish community of Russian and Polish origin who constituted an important part of the social fabric of the East End of London in the 19th and early 20th century.
The East End Jews using the banya would give each other massages with a traditional Yiddish schmeiss (“whip”) or just simple rubs. Schmeissing involves a steam bath, a raffia soaked in warm water and soap used to vigorously wash and scrub the bodies of people lying on marble slabs, and finally a rinse with ice-cold water. The person receiving the schmeissing would then return the favour.
This is how Daniel discovered massage and the desire to learn this ancient soothing and healing practice. While studying for a languages degree and working part-time, he studied Holistic Massage, Anatomy and Physiology at Morley College, South London.
Daniel has been practising as an independent massage therapist for nearly 20 years; for over two years, at Neal’s Yard Therapy Rooms Graduate clinic in Covent Garden. He treats a wide range of clients, including professional dancers, actors and sportsmen and women, and his massage is based on the Swedish/Holistic Massage with Sport and Deep Tissue massage techniques designed to meet clients’ needs and aid relaxation.
Covent Garden Therapy Rooms (temporarily closed)
Deep Tissue Massage, FHT, 2016, City Lit, London
Chair Massage, 2014, Touch Pro, London
Sports Massage, ITEC Level 3, 2012, City Lit, London
Tui Na Massage Introductory course, 2010, City Lit, London
Indian Head Massage Introductory course, 2007, City Lit, London
Holistic Massage, ITEC Level 3, 1997, Morley College, London