Anthony Patlyek, LMT
Path to the Profession
People who are drawn to this profession are often personally motivated to help and heal, which is definitely the case with Tony.
“When I was young, I helped my mom when she was in pain. I massaged her to help feel better, which led me to learn at a young age that massage could really help people. As I grew older, I helped my friends with massages in their back and shoulders, which they really enjoyed,” he says. “Nine years later I met a girlfriend who later became my wife. She encouraged me to follow massage therapy, because she also believed it was something I would thrive at doing.”
Encouraged by so many loved ones to pursue massage therapy as a career, Tony registered for a massage therapy degree program and the rest is history.
Tenure at Balance Orlando
Tony loves working at Balance Orlando because “we strive to help people get back to their normal lives. We create a plan to help people obtain their goals, whether it’s becoming pain free, or maintenance of the body.”
Tony sees the benefit of being part of a team of diverse therapies because they each practice different modalities to provide a full body experience for clients. “Most of our therapists have been at Balance for years. It’s great to have such a dedicated team,” he says.
Because myofascial release (MFR) is very client led, Tony’s job is listening, and following what the client’s body is telling him it needs.
“I had a client come in with upper neck and back pain. She stated that after our session, she was able to move around a lot better. This was the client’s first time having a Myofascial Release session, and she was sold after that!”
Tony considers the whole person, not just the body, so he often talks with his clients about topics of interest. “In this case the client with neck and back pain was only visiting, so we talked about different places to eat in Orlando. Not exactly massage-related, but the client is more than just a few body parts. They are a person who experiences life in different ways. If I can find additional ways to make the client less stressed, their body will be happier as well.”
“I’m generally not a fan of massages, but I’ve already scheduled another with Tony. He was able to get deep into my back to release some major tension I was holding. I didn’t even realize how much I needed it until after it was over and I felt GREAT! In addition to the work being great, Tony made me feel perfectly at ease and comfortable. Thanks, Balance for having such well-trained people. Thanks Tony for being fantastic!”
– Jody R. 2016
“I have known about Balance for a couple of years & just recently had the opportunity to go for a session. I wish I had gone sooner. I have been experiencing pain in my left shoulder & neck. After a doctors visit & multiple x-rays, I was told that I have degenerative changes in my neck & spine. Nothing unmanageable, but definitely a pain in the neck. Oh the joys of growing old. The staff at Balance is very friendly and knowledgeable and when I explained my particular needs, April recommended Tony. He did an excellent job & I look forward to my next massage. If you’re looking for a step above those “chain style” massage establishments, then I highly recommend Balance.”
– Lynn L, 2017