For some MTTI graduates, the time during massage school is not only educational but transformational. Many students undergo a profound shift and a period of intense personal growth during the journey that is becoming a massage therapist. Those students find that learning to become a healer often means first healing yourself.
David Wireman was in CLASS #44 at MTTI. When he came to school, he was 100+ lbs overweight, recently retired from the US Army, and suffering from a number of health issues. "I went through a big transformation in school. I was heavy and I lost 110 lbs. I was on high blood pressure pills, and pain pills because of my back and spine where I've got some plates and screws." David's wife had also recently been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, which for a nurse of 17 years, David says was "a big slap in the face."
In the process of learning how to help others out of pain, David and his wife also embarked on a journey to heal themselves. "It was a wonderful journey to go to school - I learned so much about the human body, it's unbelievable. And about myself - to heal myself, pretty much. My wife and I both went through a journey together. We went Paleo and became healthier. I turned 50 last year and I feel like I'm 25, it's really awesome."
"I was just tired of living in pain myself, and to help others out of pain is wonderful. I would recommend MTTI to anybody. Massage is either for you, or it's not. You're going to find out once you get into the class if it's for you or not, and evidently it's for me. And the energy from my clients is great. I actually love to come to work. I've never LOVED to come to work, and now it's not like work, it's not like a job. It's something I love to do and am passionate about. MTTI completely changed my life."
David completed the year-long program at MTTI since his wife had just had a baby and was in college herself. "In my experience, the Anatomy and Physiology made more sense doing the year because once I got into clinic and started doing the hands-on massage. When you get into the room with a client, the 'aha' moment happens, with the anatomy and the muscles and the bones, it just makes sense."
David says that the curriculum at MTTI definitely prepared him for his career as a massage therapist. "The information was really well presented, and Dr. Norwood Yamini is a wonderful Anatomy and Physiology instructor. He explained things in layman's terms where you knew what he was talking about. And then getting into the hands-on with Chrissy - she was absolutely phenomenal at helping with modalities. She was so helpful as the class got into the more advanced stuff, I found that really helpful too because I was able to take some of those techniques and put them into my goodie bag for my own massage work."
After Massage School
David now works as a massage therapist at the Sierra Grande Lodge and Spa in Truth or Consequences, NM with several other MTTI grads. "You meet some interesting people working here...people from all walks of life. I've met people from Germany, Japan, California, the East Coast, all over the United States. The artist Judy Chicago was here recently." Some other perks of the job include getting to set your own hours, having a flexible schedule, and getting free soaks at the hot springs.