I have yet to post about the profession I hold dear to my heart: Massage Therapy. So, it is about time I did!
It has been over 10 years since I first started looking into Massage Therapy, and boy what an adventure this has been. Of course, the first few years were research and decision making. These last 6 years – two of which was my training time – have been a roller coaster of magnanimous proportions. Everything from the intensity of training and academic jargon to the build-up and – sadly – break down of friendships, the journey has taken me through every emotion known to man!
It has been 4 years since I finished my 2200 hour training, and yet there is still so much to be learned, discovered, and researched. My biggest struggle so far has been finding where to start. I was given the opportunity to administration one of the leading schools in Massage Therapy at a fairly young age of 23 and, let me tell you, it has been the hardest yet most rewarding paths I could ever be blessed with. The first year was all about finding my footing, reorganization, and building reputation (both my own and the school’s). The second year was focused on molding, shaping, and updating many aspects of the school: curriculum, faculty and staff, and myself. I learned so much and grew in my personal and professional attitudes, it amazes me completely. I see now that the path of learning will not end, and I am so glad for it! This third year has been centered around community, ethics, and networking. It has been my honour to facilitate and participate in the discovery of the strengths of individuals working inside a community. It has led me to personal understandings and corporate breakthroughs you’d see on-screen.
I know it sounds all a bit dramatic…and it is…but that is the way I choose to see the world. And the world of Massage Therapy is an ever changing, ever growing one, with so much potential. I usually tell my students that, in the West, Massage Therapy is an adolescent. Right now, we’re discovering who we are, how we fit into this great big economy, and what we are meant to do with our lives. We struggle to be heard by older professions, but still make our mark as good as we can. As we grow, so does our sense of identity and purpose. Each time a Massage Therapy Institute graduates a class, we gain momentum, support, and credibility in the Health Care Field. Each time a Massage Therapist does their best for a client, we gain good reputation and clout. And each time a new student enrolls, we gain the opportunity to share the success of this great profession.
There is, of course, the bumps – the acne – so to speak that we have to deal with (such as massage parlours offering “rub-and-tugs”). And sometimes, the discrimination – or bullying – that sometimes brings us down. But, these only spur us on to become more professional, advocate better for our right to a voice in the field. I get the unique privilege of leading new therapists into the field as well as advocating for their success. My work involves the facilitating and direction of these individuals into a realm of endless possibilities, for which they chose to live through. At the end of the day, it brings a sense of accomplishment and honour that cannot be matched.
The privilege of serving this profession the way that I do is not to be taken lightly, and ensures a busy schedule; I wouldn’t trade it for the world! I hope beyond hope that those who read this know that this field is one worth supporting. It brings not only a better quality of life for individual clients, but also a natural healing to the world around us. It brings people together, creates bonds of trust, confidence, and professionalism, and serves in health care in a unique, and awe-inspiring way.
I will be posting more as time goes on, about this amazing profession.