"Biking gets me to my clients faster because I never have to worry about traffic," he said. "Plus, it reduces my carbon footprint and also reduces my rates."
Yates, 43, lugs a 30-pound trailer packed with a massage table, linens and lotions to each of his home appointments, offering his clients a relaxing massage in the comfort of their own home.
His bicycle rig also serves as a moving advertisement for his business, Massage Refresh.
And word is catching on. After less than a year in business, he sees upwards of 20 clients a week.
The father of three was a corporate tax software developer until he was laid off in 2009. He said the layoff gave him breathing room to pursue his dream of being a massage therapist.
After training at the Swedish Institute, Yates began work at the Physio Fitness, located in SoHo, and launched his own business last year.
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