Before becoming a business owner, Nelson Cacciatore and his mohawk could be seen at punk-rock concerts, skateboarding and taking on adventurous, sometimes life-threatening dares from friends.
His "do anything" attitude wreaked havoc on his body, but he survived two skull fractures on top of other misfortunes.
It came to the point where he would donate plasma to pay for a massage to help him heal.
"I knew I had to grow up a little," Cacciatore said.
After spending six years as the vice president of the Florida State Massage Therapy Association's Tampa Bay Chapter, he decided to open his own practice, Epic Bodywork and Massage.
"I know what it takes to repair the body since I've seen it firsthand," Cacciatore said. "So, I've gathered together the best therapists I know in the area who know what the clients need. They all work together."
Since opening in late April, they've had elderly clients, 3-year-olds who've been involved in accidents and even an 11-month-old, their youngest client, who couldn't crawl.
"We offer an advanced form of body work called structural energetic therapy," Cacciatore said.
They also offer therapeutic massages, sports massage, Reiki massage and much more.
The business runs on a membership model, which makes it more convenient to maintain treatment.
"We're giving therapy to showcase how the body can heal itself," Cacciatore said.
"It's not chiropractic adjustment but creating space for the body to heal."
The location also serves as a classroom, since Cacciatore strives for his therapists to be the leading in the industry. They also attend massage conventions to stay up-to-date.
"If you have something you want to teach, you can do it here," Cacciatore said.
Epic Bodywork and Massage is officially open at 4002 W State St., with a grand opening planned for sometime in the future.
For more information call, (813) 898-0601 or visit epicbody.work.
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