E-Street Interview John M Maiers, LMT

Sat Jul 27th, 2019

I met John a while ago while communicating with his significant other, Helena. I became fascinated with how they live their lives, his work in film and T.V. as well his involvement in community. I felt like his views held something for us all. Please enjoy a little glimpse into his very full life. -- Deanna Mims


Interview Date: 8/16/2019

Business Name: Earth Haven Massage & Bodywork

Position: Owner & Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified CORE Myofascial Therapist, Certified Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner, Bodyworker, Reiki Master and Reiki Practitioner.

Email: EarthHavenMassage@gmail.com

Phone: (850) 491-7469

Website: http://www.earthhavenmassage.com/

How do you give back to your community - thru your work and beyond?

Community is life. As a Licensed Massage Therapist, and US Navy Veteran, I daily promote healthy living and wellness. I have learned so much as a graduate of CORE Institute School of Massage Therapy & Structural Bodywork completing the 525 hour Professional Massage Therapy Training Program and 48 hour CORE Myofascial Therapy Certification. I am able to share with the community my knowledge of Relaxation/Swedish Massage, Structural Integration, Medical Massage, Chinese Medicine, Sports Bodywork, Myofascial Therapy, Clinical Massage, Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, Pathology, Hydrotherapy, Wellness, Professional Ethics, Business Management, and State Regulations.

I also learned so much in my training to become a Certified Thai Yoga Practitioner that I am able to share daily with the community. During my 500 hours in training from the Thai Yoga Center at the SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine, I learned ways that I am able to share my art and knowledge with the community. This includes various elements of Thai Yoga Therapy massage training such as Ayurvedic SomaVeda®, Nuad Boran: Northern Style SomaVeda® Thai Yoga, and Theory such as Cosmology, Sen Lines, Assessments, Indications, Contra-indications, Chakra Theory and Korosot Astrology.

I am also able to share my knowledge of Hand and Foot Reflexology that I have learned thru The Academy of Ancient Reflexology and Thai Table Massage from Ariela's Thai Massage Program. I also am a member and participate in organizations such as the International Thai Therapists Association (ITTA), Bodhi Sangha Tallahassee, and an Insured member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). I am an Authorized Blessed Full Member, Lay Minister, Counselor, and Therapist of the Oklevueha Native American Church of SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine (ONACS). I am also able to share knowledge with the community as I am also a Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master/Teacher through Healing Today with the New Universal Church and Natural Healers Association (NUNHA). I am excited that I have had the opportunity to perform sports massage bodywork on the United States Olympic Dive Team Athletes and regularly works on the Florida State University Football Program Athletes. To be able to give back and provide wellness for people in the community is a privilege.

Beyond my work, I also give back to the community as a volunteer actor in commercials, films, webseries, podcasts, voiceovers, and television shows. I love working with the public and promoting wellness, healthy living, ballroom dancing, veteran support, as well as other opportunities. Productions include The Legion of Ru, Merciless Willing, Mars One, Mercy, Heroes Not Forgotten, Stiffs, Ballroom and Beyond, See No Evil, Careless, Crystal Gazer, Creatures: A True Story, Final Thoughts, Glitch, Strange Stories with Kennedy Shores, Down with Friends, Tears of Blood, Alabama Epitaphs, Charlie on Cloud Nine, Scarlet’s Witch, Pancakes, Chronos, When the Night Falls, The Night Shift, and Slice. I also help Florida State University’s film school being a volunteer actor and dance consultant for productions such as Finale, Roadkill, Jesse and Jane, Power, Yada Yada, Chain Music, PUL, Pirates, My Girl Rose, Whatever We Want to Be, Fathers & Daughters, Possibly, The Non-Importance of Being Earnest, R.E.M., Mens Universitas, Victorian’s Secret, and The Good, The Bad, The Old. I also volunteer to help at many film festivals such as Tally Shorts and the Tallahassee Film Festival.

I am able to have the privilege to be able to connect and give back to the local community and beyond by being a part of commercials and educational episodes. Educational episodes such as VALOR for Blue, Suicide Prevention for Distressed Veterans, and commercials with Hungry Howies, Warhouse Whisky Bar, Tallahassee Council on Culture & Arts, Johnny Appleseed, Bread & Roses Food Co-op, The Young Artist, Jacksonville Legal Aid, and Jamie Casino Lawfirm’s Superbowl 2018 commercial. I am also a model for Barbi3 Headz.

What would we find you doing when you aren’t at work?

I am also a professional actor who works on television shows and films. I can be seen in local and independent productions, but also as a Professional Background Actor in well-known shows such as NCIS New Orleans, Ozark, Sudden Death, The Dirt, Super Fly, The Bobby Brown Story, Dolly Parton Theater, The Purge, Master Ink Angels, Atlanta, Emperor, TNA Impact Wresting, Ain’t My Fault, Secrets of the Dead, and America: The Prequel. I can also be seen as a Saviour on The Walking Dead.

I also have work as a professional balloon artist for over 16 years and as a professional ballroom dance instructor for over 12 years. I am blessed to say that I am able to provide many smiles to many faces twisting all kinds of animal balloons for birthday parties, corporate events, festivals, celebrations, weddings, grand openings, family reunions, sporting events, and so much more. Teaching ballroom dance instills confidence in so many people and helps teach a healthy and active lifestyle.

I also enjoy Photography, Reading, Writing, Researching, Reenacting, Building with Natural Methods, Gardening, Landscaping, Volunteering, Working with Others, Camping, Biking, Hiking, Cooking, Homebrewing, Wine making, Shaolin Kung-Fu, Fencing, Swordsmanship, Ancient Weaponry, History, Teaching, Ballroom Dancing, Sustainability, Gourd Crafts, and Wood Crafts.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

  • Massage advice: “If you make your own massage lotion or body butter, always remember to use all organic natural ingredients. Never put anything on your body or someone’s body that you would not be able to eat.”
  • Thai Massage: “Any bodywork that you do on the massage table or the Thai mat is done in sacred space. You are working on another divine being.”
  • When learning how to cook something new: Q: “How do you know when it is done?” A: “When it looks like something you want to eat.”
  • When gardening: Q: “How do you keep animals out of your garden?” A: Plant enough. Enough for them to have some and for you to have some.
  • When acting: Advice given by a fight choreographer: “If you have to die, die comfortably. You are going to be there for a while.”

How do you push through your worst times?

Prepare for the best times ahead. Be grateful and count my blessings.

What do you believe is responsible for your success?

  • Helena, my partner who is always there for me.
  • Performing quality massages over the quantity of massages. Treating each client like they are my only client. I do not rush them on the table nor off the table.
  • Word of mouth, my new client special, my referral program and my loyalty program.

What type of collaborator do you love to work with?

All! I love to work with everyone.

It is believed that the first Christmas celebrated in the United States was celebrated at the site of the DeSoto encampment in what is now Tallahassee.
Tallahassee has the honor of being the only capital city of the south that is positioned east of Mississippi to never be taken by Union Forces during the Civil War.
In 1988, Money Magazine name Tallahassee as one of the top three cities in the southeast to live in.
In 1992, the National Arbor Tree Foundation awarded Tallahassee the tile of “Tree City USA” and in 1999, the National Civic League awarded Tallahassee the All American City Award.
In 2006 the National Recreation and Park Association honored Tallahassee with the award of Best in America for Parks and Recreations.
Tallahassee residents celebrated a white Christmas in 1989. This is a rare occurrence in this sub-tropical climate.
Tallahassee has ninety five square miles of land and over two square miles of water.
Tallahassee is home to the third tallest capital building located in the United States. The building is a twenty three story one that was designed by Edward Durell Stone.
The city is home to the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, which is the world’s largest magnet laboratory and also the highest powered. The equipment in the laboratory is capable of generating a magnetic field that is one million times stronger than the magnetic field of the earth.
“Tallahassee” is a Muskogean word approximately meaning “old fields.”
Tallahassee was founded in 1821 and it became Florida's capital city in 1803. It was selected because it was roughly centered between Pensacola and St. Augustine, the capitals of West Florida and East Florida, two former Spanish colonies.
Tallahassee came close to losing capital status in the 1960s with a push to move it to Orlando, which is considerably closer to major growth spots in the state like the Tampa Bay and Miami areas.
The city's second and current capitol building, built in 1977, is the third-tallest capitol building in the U.S. (after Washington, D.C. and Austin). It's 22 stories high.
If you go to the top floor, there's an art gallery and large windows all around providing panoramic views of the city.
While camped out in what's now Tallahassee in the winter of 1539, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto and his group are believed to have been the first people to celebrate Christmas in the continental U.S.
Florida's capital city is known today as a college town, but it's been that way for well over 150 years. In 1843, the Tallahassee Female Academy was founded and in 1854, The Florida Institute was founded. Two seminaries were also built in the early 1850s.
All these schools eventually became part of Florida State University, the city's largest college.
Tallahassee is also home to the country's biggest historically black university by enrollment, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, AKA Florida A&M or FAMU.
Tallahassee is one of the hottest places in the state in the summer. It's one of the few Florida cities that hits temperatures over 100 from time to time.
However, it's also one of the coldest places in the state during the winter.
In 1899, Tallahassee temps hit -2 degrees during a historic blizzard. It's the only recorded instance of a below-zero reading in all of Florida.
The city's record snowfall accumulation is 2.8 inches on February 13, 1958.
On average, Tallahassee gets a measurable quantity of snow once every 17 years.
The city, and Leon County as a whole, consistently has one of the highest voter turnout percentages in all of Florida's 67 counties.
For the general election in 2008, the county set a state record with an 86 percent turnout.
The Tallahassee Police Department is the third oldest in the nation. Founded in 1841, only the Philadelphia and Boston PDs predate it.
FSU's Doak Campbell Stadium holds 82,300 spectators. It's the biggest Atlantic Coast Conference football stadium.
FSU's Doak Campbell Stadium is the country's biggest continuous brick structure.
The university also offers students the opportunity to tour the world as circus performers if they join the extracurricular FSU Flying High Circus.
FSU has a long history of student activism and is believed to be where streaking was invented.
The highest powered magnet laboratory on Earth is at FSU's National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.
FSU's National High Magnetic Field Laboratory's magnets can produce a magnetic field one million times more powerful than our planet's magnetic field.
Tallahassee hosts one of the world's top equestrian eventing competitions. It's called the Red Hill Horse Trials.
Tallahassee hosts one of the largest, most attended festivals in the South, Springtime Tallahassee, which has been running annually since 1967.
The Tallahassee Automobile Museum has Abraham Lincoln's horse-drawn hearse on display.
The 68,000-acre St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, founded in 1931, is one of the nation's oldest wildlife refuges.
You can see the historic St. Marks Lighthouse there, which was completed in 1842.
In the early 20th century, the St. Marks railroad transported cotton and other products to the coast for shipping. The route's been paved and is now a 20.5-mile long nature trail.
The John G. Riley House, built in 1890, is the last remaining piece of history from the middle-class African American community that thrived in downtown Tallahassee at the beginning of the 20th century. Today, it's a museum.
The Tallahassee Automobile Museum is home to the real Batmobiles from "Batman Forever" and "Batman Returns," as well as replicas of a number of other Batman-related vehicles.
The Tallahassee Automobile Museum has steam-powered cars and amphibious vehicles.
You can see Tallahassee's oldest resident- an approximately 10-foot tall mastodon skeleton named Herman- at The Museum of Florida History. He's over 12,000 years old.
Lichgate on High Road is a little-known fairy tale cottage and historic site open to the public. The land was bought by FSU literature professor Dr. Laura Pauline Jepsen in large part to protect a majestic, ancient live oak now known as the Lichgate Oak.
The Railroad Square Art Park district hosts the monthly First Friday gallery hop. About 2,000 people usually show up for the three-hour event.
Creed, one of the biggest bands of the late 1990s and early 2000s, was formed in Tallahassee.
Singer-songwriter, rapper, producer, and actor T-Pain also comes from Tallahassee. In fact, that's what the “T” stands for.
Wally Amos, founder of Famous Amos Cookies, was born and raised in Tallahassee, too.
Ted Bundy was indicted in Tallahassee.
The Mission San Luis de Apalachee was one of the first Spanish missions in North America. It was built in 16. It was destroyed in 1704.
Today, The Mission San Luis de Apalachee is the state's only reconstructed Spanish mission and it operates as a museum.
Tallahassee has Florida's most educated population. About half the residents have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Elizabeth Budd-Graham's final resting place is the most visited tomb in the City Cemetery. She died in 1889 at the age of 23, and her elaborate grave is marked by a very large, expensive tombstone that instantly attracts attention.
Local lore claims that Elizabeth, better known as Bessie, was a witch. Hers is the only grave in the cemetery facing west and the tombstone bears an inscription quoting part of Edgar Allan Poe's poem “Lenore.”
Unlike most Florida cities, Tallahassee isn't generally associated with the beach. However, it's only 20 miles away from the Gulf of Mexico and several popular beaches are within a couple of hours' drive.
Though by no means mountainous, Tallahassee is one of the hillier spots in Florida. Its highest peak is a little over 200 feet above sea level.
The State of Florida employs more than 11 percent of Tallahassee's population.
FSU is the city's second-largest employer, with almost 14,000 people on its payroll.
Tony Hale grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, where he attended the Young Actors Theatre and participated in numerous theatrical and musical productions.