My mother told me that when they brought me home from the orphanage I didn’t want to be held, I was stubborn, and I had a destination but did not seem to know where it was. I also had the rhythm as I would swing my little bottom Left to Right in a meter to music. Oh yes, my mother also told me, “When we would spank you, you would look us in the eye and say, 'Is that the best you can do?!'” From the early 1940s to mid-60s my life was in the community of Cayucos, California, population 1,950, situated on the ocean between Morro Bay and Cambria. Agriculture was my main focus along with the music. In 1960, much to my father's efforts to stop me, I became serious about lifting weights as it was a way of helping me win my frequent fights. Little did I know I one day would become a personal trainer to World Class Athletes. My father was busting his buttons with pride when I would bring celebrity athletes into his and mom's home. My parents were finally proud of their Rogue Son.
I first became interested in learning massage in 1981, then I studied at the Shiatsu Massage School of Southern California in Santa Monica. After graduating I was asked to manage the school because I had accomplished the most of all of the graduate students in the history of the school, and I was given the honor of being the guest speaker when Dr. Kaneko separated the School from the Clinic. Four years later I was given a very special award, The Outstanding Achievement Award for my contribution in Oriental Medicine as a educator through the use of Shiatsu Massage.
While rehabbing a client who had been injured in a horse related accident (unauthorized dismount or should I say dumped) I was asked if I had ever massaged a horse. I said, “No, but it would be no different than doing a person.” I told her to give me a back and profile picture of a horse, and I would figure out the meridian lines. That evening I had to envision the horse as a person in order to place my lines. Sunday following I had her bring a horse to the gym, and I massaged my first horse. After the sessions, I suddenly had a new direction...massaging horses!
n 1995, a time when few had every heard of massaging horses, I had to pioneer my way into the world of Equine Athletes. Eventually people were seeing wonderful results with their horses and wanted me to teach them. I bought the Walking W. Ranch from Wayne Willis in Atascadero where I started my first school, and the rest is history.
2015 Massage Therapy Hall of Fame Inductee
Pioneer of Massage Award from the World Massage Festival
Bridge Builder Award for bridging the gap between dreams and achievements
Geary is also the recipient of the Pioneer of Massage Award from the World Massage Festival.
One of Geary's most meaningful awards he received due to his accomplishments came from the Shiatsu Massage School of California in Santa Monica, CA, from which he graduated. The Outstanding Achievement Award was presented to the top 10 students in the history of the school. Over 2,000 lucky students have had the honor of being taught by Dr. DoAn T. Kaneko, L.Ac. OMD, PhD.
THE BOTTOM LINE—a certification or college degree represents a great deal of work, however, it is only a piece of paper with words on it. What one accomplishes in life puts substance and meaning to those words.
Geary was fortunate to get to know Dr. Harry Sneider and his wife, Sarah, who opened many doors for Geary into the world of "US OLYMPIC ATHLETES" as well as introducing Geary to many other great athletes. If he believed in a person, Dr. Sneider would help people on their way to achieving their goals. Thank you Harry and Sarah.
Below are 1981 photos of Geary from Harry Sneiders book Olympic Trainer, in the wrestling chapter:
In the early 80's while working with Harry, Geary had the opportunity thanks to Harry, to study with 1976 Olympic Weight Lifting coach Carl Miller at his school in Santa Fe, NM Geary met Mike Mentzer, "Mr. Heavy Duty," featured in the middle picture with Harry, Mike and Geary discussed many interesting and advanced concepts in strength and conditioning
Featured here doing the 1988 Iron Man Triathlon course in Kona, Hawaii, world-class trainer Geary Whiting and legendary athlete Bob Wieland, the double amputee who walked across America on his arms. Bob’s 3,000-mile journey that launched in 1981 took him three years, six months, and eight days. More about Bob and Geary will be covered later as Geary shares a remarkable and impressive study on the benefits of Shiatsu massage for athletes.
A VERY UNIQUE ATHLETE...A VERY UNIQUE TEAM
Bob Wieland, a promising superstar in the sports world, had to take a little side trip away from a promising pro baseball career thanks to his Uncle Sam. With a trip around the world and a new wardrobe guaranteed by this well-known Uncle, Bob was quickly persuaded (drafted) and Vietnam bound. Three months in Vietnam was just enough time to allow Bob to step on an 82 mm mortar round (designed to disable tanks) and detonate it. Pronounced DOA, when his body bag moved they discovered Bob was still alive and now legless. Bob soon realized he had never seen a 2-foot 10-inch pitcher on the mound and felt that he would not be the first. So now, off to new adventures, actually, many adventures!
It was now time for Bob to go after a new challenge--his famous WALK ACROSS AMERICA--on his arms in three years, eight months, and six days. This was where Geary Whiting and Bob started their journey together. It was after Bob completed his journey walking across America that the two actively joined up and would eventually demonstrate the REAL EFFECTIVENESS of Shiatsu massage.
Bob had already accomplished the New York City and the LA City Marathons when Geary started doing Bob’s bodywork. They then went to NY and LA as a team the second year. Walking with Bob in NY and working with him as needed, which was frequent in the 26.2 miles, they finished better than 17 hours ahead of the previous year's time. In LA, including repairing a right front deltoid injury and a 1-1/2 hour downtime for recovery, they crossed the finish line in a phenomenal 18 hours ahead of the previous year's time. Because of speaking engagements and co-starring with Mario Van Peebles in the weekly TV series "Sonny Spoon," there was no time to train for the LA City Marathon. If Bob had trained (he was in poor shape,) there is a very good chance Geary and Bob would have improved LA time by 24 hours.
Although this was not intended to be a test on the benefits of Shiatsu Massage, it, however, became one of the most unique studies of the benefits of Shiatsu massage and Geary Whiting's skills as a World Class Trainer. As Bob said, “I have had many massages over the years, but none to compare to Geary’s. Geary stands in a league of his own.” You can Google Bob Wieland for his many accomplishments.
When the student is ready, the teacher will be there. Geary looks forward to sharing his world class techniques with you.
Featured here is Geary with his teacher Dr. DoAnn T. Kaneko, L,A,c. OMD, PhD. and his 2005 Canadian graduate student Yvonne Allen, founder of Voice For The Horse after their 2017 Massage Therapy Hall of Fame induction by Geary at the World Massage Festival.
It has been a wonderful journey, and I would like to leave you with this thought. When someone thinks what you're going to do is a silly idea, simply tell them, “I have discussed this with my board of directors, Me, Myself, and I, and we collectively think learning Equine Massage is a wonderful idea. - Happy Trails Padnas