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How I Became a Massage Therapist

Oct 13, 2015 9:00:00 AM by Melissa Madrill


After I graduated High School I knew I wanted to go to some form of college but wasn't sure exactly what I wanted to do. I've always been interested in the health care field and I knew I wanted to care and heal people, but how? Did I want to be a nurse? A doctor?

I knew in my heart I was meant to be in a healing profession, but I also knew I didn't want to be in medical school for that long. I was looking for something that would speed up the process of my education and start my career within the first year. Being a young single mother I knew I had to make a change and provide for my son. So I began researching vocational schools, and the first site that popped up on my search engine was Massage Therapy School. I thought "hmm, Massage School?" To be honest I had never even considered massage or imagine what it was like. I started to read about the program, curiculum, accredidation, length of the program, and financial aid. I made a call and scheduled an admissions tour. The following week I went into the school and from that moment on, I knew my life was going to change. I was so intrigued with every little detail about the school. What really stood out to me was the curriculum - all the different modalities that I would be learning. I was able to sit in on a few classes and it just felt right. I knew from that moment that massage is what I was meant to do. After the admissions process and financial aid I was ready to start a new beginning of our lives, both for myself and my son.

melissa1We all come from different backgrounds and every day we face life challenges. Sometimes we need to find a nurturing atmosphere that is healthy for our wellbeing and really focus on making positive changes. That is what massage school was for me, and is for so many people. I completed massage school and passed the national examination for massage therapy one week later. 2 weeks later I was working for the first time as a licensed massage therapist. For over 3 years now I've had an amazing career in massage. I have owned my own private practice, performed oncology massage in hospitals with cancer patients, worked as a massage therapist in health spas, and traveled the U.S. for clientele. I'm currently working on earning my Massage Therapy Instructor License and working at Massage Therapy Training Insitute, helping fellow massage students and graduates. Being in this career has opened so many doors and opportunities for me. It is unbelievable the success you can have when you find your true calling.

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