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Licensed massage therapist Aric Shapiro makes friends with aching muscles and promotes deep relaxation by incorporating techniques from a wide range of modalities. During his signature massage, Aric spends 60 or 90 minutes convincing clients he will not sign their backs and introducing muscles to the deft strokes he combines from myofascial release, trigger-point therapy, and lymphatic drainage. Aric also culls methods from his black belt in aikido, such as breath work and body alignment, to further alleviate pain and deliver muscles to a stress-free state. By tailoring each massage to fit the specific needs of the client, Aric can design his kneads to palliate the ailments of a wide range of conditions, from shoulder stiffness to dorsal-fin ticklishness.