Q. & A. with Frank Hughes
As the February blues descend on New York in the form of icy streets and grey, trash-strewn sludge, Frank Hughes takes a uniquely holistic approach to helping his clients get through it, in one piece. He integrates a wealth of experience in stretching, infrared heat, massage, yoga, deep muscle stimulation, and resistance and core training.
We heard you walked barefoot in Argentina…
Yes, on a dirt path in the rainforest! One of my passions is to be closer to nature, and we were going to a little-known waterfall. It was one the most energizing experiences I have had in a long time.
What’s your core philosophy?
As a trainer, I help realign the muscles and bones of my client while they perform controlled movements with resistance. As a massage therapist, my aim is to bring about a deep feeling of peace and relaxation.
What sort of clients do you work with?
Many of my clients are busy professionals in their 40s and 50s. They want to get to the root of their pain, weakness and overall tension.
You also work with people who have incurred ‘life injuries’. Can you tell us a little about that?
I feel the more we can learn how to be relaxed and in tune with our natural breathing pattern, the better we will be able to manage our energy and understand our functional anatomy. This in turn helps address existing injuries and imbalances, decreases the risk of future injuries, and increases power and energy.
You are Transform’s ‘Bio Mat’ expert. What are its benefits?
The BioMat is an infrared heating pad and the most relaxing and comforting product I have heard of. In fact, it’s been proven to reduce cortisol levels by 25%. My clients report great results and feel more relaxed and rejuvenated afterwards.
Important Note: February’s weather has foiled our party plans for the 25th. We’ll let you have the new date soon!