From cooking to tennis to massage therapy, NIC Food Services worker enjoys working with his hands

Matt Thurley may not be good with remembering names and faces. But when it comes to muscles and tension, his hands will remember you.

“It's strange because I won't remember until I touch the client I'm massaging and then all of a sudden I can remember every tense muscle and problem area that person has,” Thurley said. “I might not remember, but my hands do.”

Thurley, who works in North Idaho College Food Services as a pizza chef in the Marketplace food court, is originally from Port Elizabeth, South Africa. In college, he lived off of the sport of tennis, traveling across South Africa, Australia and New Zealand as a tennis pro.

He enrolled in massage therapy training school as part of his work with tennis players, so he would be able to give pre-game and post-game rub downs.

“I discovered that I loved it,” Thurley said. “The healing qualities of massage can do amazing things for both the body and the mind.”

|photo1|Thurley owned a massage practice in Atlanta before moving to Coeur d'Alene in 2004. He's still active in the tennis world, playing through the Coeur d'Alene Tennis Association and even coaching at Ironwood Athletic Club. In fact, earlier this month, Thurley and NIC Advisor Holly Edwards won the mixed doubles division of the Outback Steakhouse Tennis Open in Coeur d'Alene.

Thurley is also a professionally trained chef and after moving to Coeur d'Alene, he was able to continue his passion of cooking. He worked for Brix Restaurant before being hired by NIC Food Services.

Recently an opportunity presented itself to Thurley, allowing him to continue his passion for massage therapy as well. After nearly 13 years in the field, Thurley recently began offering massage therapy as an independent contractor at Tamara's Hair Studio, a full-service salon in Hayden.

Thurley offers Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, relaxation massage and injury, pain and stress management services.

Tamara's Hair Studio is located at 21 W. Commerce Drive, Suite C in Hayden. Call Thurley for an appointment at 691.8922.

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Matt Thurley, NIC Food Services, (208) 691-8922

Posted: Thursday, Sept. 29, 2005

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