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A full-time 6 month massage program can be an intensely challenging experience, especially if you have a full-time job, a family, or any other obligations in your daily life. However, most of our graduates say that while the 6 months of their massage program were some of the most challenging times of their lives, they were also some of the most rewarding.
Cristina Lugo graduated from New Mexico massage school MTTI class #47 in 2013, and she says that in the end, all the hard work of completing her massage program was well worth it. Cristina enrolled in the full-time night class because it allowed her to continue to work her full time day job during school, and she was able to complete the program in only 6 months and start her new career as a Massage Therapist right away. Read on to hear more about her experience in massage school at MTTI in Las Cruces, NM.
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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.
After graduating from a medical massage program, I knew I wanted to work in the health care field. My first experience practicing medical massage in a health care setting was working at a hospital as an Oncology Massage Therapist. It was one of the most rewarding and awe-inspiring experiences of my life.
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 always knew I was going to do massage. It was something I wanted to do since I was a child. My Grandpa used to tell me, 'mijita, if you rub my legs I'll give you a candy,' and everyone in the family always told me I had good hands and should be a massage therapist when I grew up. When I got older I got jobs in fast food and restaurants and it didn't take me very long to figure out that that was not what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I decided that I wasn't going to go to school for anything unless it was massage.
I looked into a few different schools but they didn't really draw me in. Then I came in to MTTI and I talked to the Admissions Director and the school President and decided that this was definitely the place for me. The people that were in my class vibed really well. Jerron was our Anatomy and Physiology Instructor and Chris was our Hands-On Instructor, and it blew my mind how much there was to learn. I didn't realize how much actually went into massage. It was difficult because of the amount of work that you have to put into the program, but it was totally worth it.
I went to massage school at MTTI in 2010. Our class was all women, and it was really fun. I liked the massage school because it challenged me to educate myself in a way that college or conventional school didn't. I got my massage license and I also became certified in Equine Massage, and I have been massaging people and horses ever since. I love working with the horses because they have such a calm, collected energy. Horses need massage for the same reasons that people do. It helps with attitude problems, poor rides, issues with poor fitting saddles. Instead of having a really tense, anxious horse you have a nice calm, relaxed horse. They enjoy the massage just like the people do. Depending on where you're working on them, they will move themselves to where they want you to work on them. You can try to go back to where you were, but they're just going to move to where they want you to massage them again. They're athletes just like we are, especially the ones who do horse shows. We massage our Olympians - why not do it for our other Olympian partners? With my massage career I've been able to combine two things I am passionate about and make it into an adventure.
It has been 6 years since I attended Massage Therapy Training Institute, and I look back on the experience with nothing but great memories. Currently working as a full time therapist, I am so grateful for my education at MTTI because I feel it not only prepared me for the technical side of the massage therapy field, but also the ‘real life’ side. I feel that MTTI gave me the tools to be successful in a competitive career. I think our class was lucky to have the instructors it did, as they all had lots of years of actual real world experience. I would learn later that this experience would translate into me being prepared to last in a competitive field. I felt completely prepared with the curriculum when I went to take the Texas State licensing test. The time we spent preparing (taking mock tests), was crucial, and I felt ready by the time I went to test. After leaving MTTI and receiving my license, I was immediately hired by N’Dulge Day Spa and Salon, and though I had passed my test, and had plenty of anatomy and physiology background, I believe the clinical hands-on experience with actual clients was the most beneficial part of my education. When I went for my interview, I had to give the owner a massage, and she commented on how natural I was in making her feel comfortable as a client, and I think this came specifically from the great hands-on instruction that I received in school at MTTI.
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We recently received this letter from an MTTI graduate:
"Lately I have had a lot of times when I have wanted to say thank you to you guys. The training I received at MTTI has been invaluable. My "toolbox" is full of so many tools that I can't go wrong. I always have something else I can try, but my instincts point me to the right ones right away almost every time. People are amazed that I know what is going on with them just from the description they give me of their problem. They are impressed that I can explain to them why their body is acting the way it is. I had a lady today ask me if I had chiropractic training because of how well I understood the body. (Thank you Doc Yamani.) It has been so encouraging at my new job. There are other therapists who have been there for years and I am able to explain things to them that they hadn't been trained on. My confidence is sky high I am loving what I do every day I get to do it. When I work on a person I am focused on structure and function not just a relaxing massage. It makes a huge difference to the clients. You guys rock. Thank you Doc. Thank you Chrissy. Thank you Tim. Thank you everybody at MTTI. You helped me get to my dream, the career I was made to do." - Lauren