Going through High School everyone always asks, “What do you want to do when you get out of school?” Let me tell you that I had as much of a clue of what I wanted to do then as when I was asked at 5 years old what I wanted to be when I grew up. In fact, at 5 I had a more concrete answer: a veterinarian . Of course, what 5 year old little girl doesn’t want to be a veterinarian when they grow up?
I did know one thing though: the medical field seemed like a great fit for me. A lot of people say that I have a very caring nature; almost like a deep down urge that I have to help people with their aliments. So, as my 5 year old self would have wanted, I volunteered at an animal hospital to see if I liked it. Well, I loved it. I loved it up to one given day where I walked in on a doctor operating on an animal. To be honest, I can’t remember what kind of animal it was. All I can remember is that minutes later, I was being crowded by a hand full of people standing over me while I was staring at the ceiling. They say you learn from your experiences. Well, that day I experienced seeing blood and learned it causes me to black out for a few minutes. So, with that knowledge in hand, it eliminated a majority of medical related fields. It marked out being a nurse, a doctor, and even my 5 year old self’s dream job of being a veterinarian.In 2004, I graduated from Gray’s Creek High School still not knowing exactly what I wanted to do. I had a job in the restaurant industry and figured I would stay there while I could decide on a career path. I took a few classes at a local community college in hopes of figuring it all out with no luck. Then, I took a look at who I was and what I really wanted to do. I do have a very caring and understanding nature, I still liked the idea of doing something in a medical field, and I hated seeing blood. I also am the type of person that prefers more homeopathic type of treatments than synthetic drugs. Don’t get me wrong, I vaccine my kids and I still know you need antibiotics and other drugs, but I only use them if other methods don’t work. So, I started looking at alternative medicine careers.
After some research, I came across the Body Therapy Institute. They are one of the best massage therapy schools in the area. The school was beautiful and the educators I met were great; I knew that this was the school for me. So, I signed up and started classes. It was a life changing experience. They not only teach you the techniques of massage, but also the marvel of the human body and the potency of conscious touch for healing and transformation. That is what I bring to the table every time a client walks through my doors.
I received my Massage and Bodywork State and National licenses in early 2006. Since then, I have taken many continuing education classes to further my knowledge of massage techniques. Over the past 9 years, I have taken courses such as: Hot Stone Massage, Prenatal Massage, Orthopedic Neck Energetics, Myofascial Release, and much more. Past that, I have worked really hard to keep up my National Board Certification. The National Board Certification is the highest voluntary credential attainable to massage therapists and bodyworkers in the profession today, but most massage therapists do not maintain this certification. It demonstrates a much higher level of achievement beyond entry level licensure — including completing more education, hands-on experience, and a background check.
I am certain my motivating reasons to continue practicing will evolve as my practice continues to grow. I am comfortable with that. I am sure we can all point to decisions we have made in our lives and say, “Wow, I had no idea that one decision would lead to all this.” I am thankful that this has been one of my “wow” moments.