First things first... Welcome!!! I hope this site provides you with a good understanding of what is is Grit City Health can do for you. If you have any additional questions about the clinic, the services that we provide, or concerns about your specific issues/circumstances, please contact us. Below are some frequently asked questions about Grit City Health.
What is Grit City Health and who is behind it all?
Well... Grit City Health is a way to achieve goals and I am Patrick McCabe, a dad, husband, brother, son, business owner, Pilates teacher, and a licensed massage therapist (I will stop there). I am the owner of Grit City Health or GCH for short (Grit City, is a nickname of Tacoma). I live with my wife, daughter, two dogs, and two chickens, just below GCH in Tacoma, Washington. Utilizing the separate unit above our residence as a clinic allows me to incubate the business and fine tune my craft and all of the policies and procedures for the business. Eventually, a commercial location may be sought after, but having a commute of 16 steps is pretty great. This is a place where I can combine and utilize all of my professional experience to help people move through the world with ease and a zest for life. For more about me... see below. The tough part of creating this website is that
What kind of sessions do you offer?
Here is the full rundown of session types... 1. Private sessions. Well that is about it. Okay, okay... In the clinic, I see clients for sessions that help them achieve their goals and support their lives. This could mean sessions consisting of:
- Personal Training/Pilates (Cardio or Strength)
- Relaxation/Swedish Massage
- Deep Tissue Massage
- Trigger Point/ Myofascial Release
- Prenatal Massage/Prenatal Fitness
- Sports Massage (pre event/post event)
Or... It could mean a combination of a few different types. It just depends on your current goals, current mental/emotional/physical status, event timeline, and more.
How long are appointments/sessions?
Your initial New Client Assessment is always 75 minutes. I block out 90 minutes of my time for you so we can ensure nothing is rushed. After that, sessions are either 25 minutes, 50 minutes, 75 minutes, or 100 minutes, for which I block out 30 minutes, 1 hour, 90 minutes, and 2 hours respectively. This allows me to finish our session and still have the time to ensure a smooth transition back into the world. We can look at the schedule, get a payment, and even take some time to chat before another session is needing to be started. How long and how frequent your sessions are depends on your goals, schedule, and budget. We will work together to create a plan that works for you.
"Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. In order to achieve happiness, it is imperative to gain mastery of your body. If at the age of 30 you are stiff and out of shape, you are old. If at 60 you are supple and strong then you are young"
Patrick McCabe, LMP/Owner
WA State Massage License #MA60596045
After taking his first Pilates session, Patrick could not leave the studio. He was hooked due to the fact that he had more range of motion and better control of his body than ever before. In 2007 Patrick received his first Pilates certification. For the next 4 years, he enjoyed adding new certifications and workshops to his repertoire and integrate them into his teaching style. In 2015 he completed a 705+ hour course in massage, body work, spa treatments, hydrotherapy, and more from Alexandar School of Natural Therapeutics. This culminated in his receiving his Massage Practitioners License from the Washington State Department of Health. As a licensed health care professional, his services and business have a renewed focus on client care.
With a background of over 11 years teaching fitness, he found that the more you focus on the client the more their body will tell you what it needs. If you just focus on specific fitness methods and impart them upon your clients/students, you limit yourself from truly hearing their needs. The body is not in pain or discomfort from a deficit of yoga, Pilates, bootcamp, or cross-fit. It is in discomfort from an imbalance, and movement may help. To achieve these client focused goals and results, he is utilizing aspects of Pilates, yoga, functional strength training, trigger point therapy, deep tissue massage, sauna/hydrotherapy, and more. As time goes on, the array of tools just builds as continuing education is a large part of GCH's future and continued success.
Patrick takes his experience and has developed Grit City Health into a business that almost completely is word of mouth driven. This referral system is a testament to his attentiveness and overall love for what he does.
On a personal level, when Patrick is not seeing clients on Tuesdays, he is a stay-at-home-dad (or as he likes to put it, a "stay-outside-dad") the other four days of the work week. He also loves to spend his free time outdoors with his wife Hannah, his three children, and two dogs. He is an avid rock climber, mt. biker, and can often be found on the water paddle boarding or kayaking.
These are the Grit City Health mascots.
Matilda and Seymour
Matilda is a liver/brown colored Australian Kelpie mix rescue from R.A.I.N.. She loves to go mt. biking, standup paddle boarding, catching the frisbee (not so good at throwing it), and running wild in the mud. She is a sensitive one and loves her family.
Seymour is a black and tan Mini Pinscher/Border Collie mix rescue also from R.A.I.N.. He likes to chew on just about everything, do whatever his sister is doing, and stop his sister from fetching (it is quite annoying). He is a happy go lucky pup, that has been an amazing addition to the pack.