Empower Sports Massage was born out of a strong desire to help, and serve others.
What makes Empower different is the clinical and analytical approach to movement and manual therapy. This approach requires commitment to our craft, and continual education. We guide our practice based on the best available evidence, and the techniques implemented are based on certain principles and truths. Our practitioners are well versed in movement, coaching, and bodywork simultaneously. Our goal is to give you more than just a massage or personal training session. We hope to Empower you with techniques to help yourself, and not always need to rely on outside assistance. This involves a heavy element of teaching within our sessions.
More and more people are seeking alternative means to managing pain, tension, and stress. Massage therapy, and personal training is one answer that looks completely different from the fast-paced, often impersonal care many receive today.
Sports Massage and Movement with Intention
Therapists + Coaches
Clay Van Schoyck
Clay has lived in San Luis Obispo for over 30 years, and has been practicing massage therapy for almost 10 of them. Clay's passion switched from Information Technology after college to the human body and movement. Empower Sports Massage was founded by Clay in 2017, and born out of a strong desire to serve and help others.
After massage school the education continued with orthopedic, oncology, Active Release Technique, and Functional Movement Systems certifications. He is also a Strongfirst certified instructor. His goal being to provide safe, and effective bodywork / training for every unique individual.
Mike is originally from Clayton, California but spent the majority of his childhood growing up in Beijing, China where he attended the International School of Beijing. While there, Mike was a devoted multisport varsity athlete, and went on to compete collegiately in track and swimming. Mike later graduated from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology.
Mike is also a NASM Certified Personal Trainer & Corrective Exercise Specialist, NSCA Strength and Conditioning Coach, USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach, Russian Kettlebell Certified Level 1 Instructor, and has worked as both a personal and group trainer for many years. On top of that he's a certified massage therapist, Active Release Technique practitioner, and myofascial stretch therapist.
Casey is originally from Lake Tahoe, CA. In addition to a background of over two decades in dance, Casey has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre from Cal-State Fullerton and years of professional acting, dancing and choreography experience. After a year of study in New York City, Casey became a Body Arts and Science International (BASI) Pilates instructor. During this time she developed and managed the Pilates program for Align Brooklyn in Park Slope, and other studios. Additionally, she is certified with The Pink Ribbon Program; a Pilates based recovery program for breast cancer.
She is also certified in Z-Health Systems, Foundation Training, and Strongfirst.
Bryn Cumberland is one of our new apprentice practitioners at Empower Sports Massage.
Bryn is a local who was born and raised in Arroyo Grande, CA. This makes him a great fit for locally owned, and operated Empower.
His athletic abilities had him playing basketball for Hancock & Cuesta Colleges. Bryn later moved on to receive a B.A. in Communications at Channel Islands State University. He is now shifting focus from communications to serving his community through massage therapy. Bryn has completed his massage practitioner program, and on his way to the full hours required for the massage therapy licensure.
Katie was born and raised in Washington state and has always been passionate about holistic health, selfcare and helping others. Her personal love for yoga, strength training and human anatomy drove her to attend East West College of Healing Arts in Portland, OR in 2019. After becoming licensed in Massage Therapy, she relocated to the central coast in July of 2020 in search of warmer weather and clean waves.
She has continued her education in multiple certifications including Cupping Therapy. In addition to cupping she has learned Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Myofascial Release, Muscle Energy Techniques. She strives to continue growing into a multifaceted therapist to help others find balance and wellness within their bodies.
Nathan Fairchild is one of our new apprentice practitioners at Empower Sports Massage.
Nathan grew up in the central valley, and spent 7 years in Washington state while in the Air Force. After serving he relocated to San Luis Obispo County, and has lived in Morro Bay for the last 7 years.
Nathan is very active, and has been involved in athletics his entire life. He has a passion for running, climbing, and backpacking. He's part of local run clubs including, The Road Runners, and Templeton Run Club. You can find him regularly climbing at The Pad in SLO, working towards big wall climbing. He also takes multiple long backpack trips a year.
He has a passion for serving others, and finds massage therapy to be the perfect avenue to assist his clients in their athletic goals.
This session is the same price as our 60 minute, but adds more time. This time is used for introductions, history, and assessment.
Semi-private 1-4 person classes, and 1 on 1 personal training options. Build a foundation of strength and stability. Correct mobility and motor control deficits. Create a custom program for specific goals.