In 2003 when I began searching for a massage community to join, I found myself facing more rejections than job opportunities. When explanations were forthcoming I discovered, to my shock, that it was because I was male. ‘We don’t have any openings for a male therapist at this time,’ or as another employer phrased it for clarity ‘My client base won’t support a male therapist’. That wasn’t the case with Rubs. And in the years since, through good times, and recessions (which we weathered without store closings or lay-offs) and through re-brandings (from Changes to Rubs), I’ve seen opportunity given to many men to grow in our profession. It is my appreciation for that, among others things, which has kept me with Rubs for the last seven and a half years.