As soon as Nick Panos had his first massage, he was hooked. The healthy high he experienced inspired a longing to share his experience with others, so he attended the Knox County Career Center School of Massage Therapy and obtained his license to knead. After graduation, he worked for a nationwide massage franchise, serving 1,000 clients and adding 1,200 hours of experience to his resumé. Though he is now an independent therapist, he strengthens his muscle-pain-mitigating chops with educational courses and maintains a membership with Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals.
Nick specializes in custom therapeutic massage. This approach blends Hawaiian, Swedish, and deep-tissue techniques with stretches to soothe muscles fatigued by exercise, constant bending, and wrestling with sharks. For clients with especially tense muscles, Nick can focus all his energy on stubborn knots and adhesions with deep-tissue massage and topical warming and cooling gels. During couples massages, he joins forces with fellow therapist Valerie Vancouver. His studio, located in the Capital Club, includes a spa area with locker rooms, a sauna and steam room, and towel service. When he isn't working on his home turf, he offers mobile massages by traveling to homes and hotels or by briefly rubbing the shoulders of every person he passes on the street.