I have always wanted to own my own business - a business that helps people relax, enjoy and revisit who they are. When I was younger, I decided to go to cosmetology school. At that time I had two kids. It was great, but there was still something missing from my career.
Years later it came to me. I was driving my car and listening to music and I heard a voice. It simply told me "massage school." I thought to myself, "ok!! Where and how much?" I searched online for Las Cruces massage schools and found MTTI. It felt like destiny.
I went to school half-time for a year. By this time in my life I had five kids! I was happy that I decided to go to school half-time. There was a lot of information to absorb and learn. I loved every minute of massage school.
I had already owned my own business for 10 years at this point. By adding massage to my menu, my business grew about 75%. I felt great helping my clients who came see me to relax, enjoy and revisit who they are. But I still wanted more.
I remembered how I felt at school during my Clinical Residency Externship at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. We treated real sports injuries on athletes, and it was an amazing experience. I knew that I wanted to help others outside my own business. I was told at that time that Massage Therapists should be at hospitals but they are not. I thought to myself, "watch me. I'll do it."
In February 2015 I did what I set out to do, working as a Medical Massage Therapist in a hospital setting. I work part-time at Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in the Inpatient Rehab, Joint, OB, and Med/Surg. departments. I still work full-time at my salon. The part I love about my career is that I make my own hours. I have the ability to work one day or seven days a week, and combine many different passions and skills.
The biggest thing that I am most grateful for in journey to become a Massage Therapst is MTTI. I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for Professor Thompson teaching me over, over, and over again about lymph, pregnancy, labor, and muscle energy. I would not be able to do what I do. Everything I was taught in school I use it all at the hospital and my salon. Who knows what I will accomplish next!
By MTTI Graduate Tammie Norris