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I know, I'm nosey. I was a travel writer.
For six years, I got to travel to Bed & Breakfasts and get massages, all for free, and write about it. So my roots are in traveling, meeting people and hearing their stories. Now I travel around and do The World Massage Festival & Massage Therapy Hall of Fame.
I found the adjustment to a single location massage establishment, inside a strip mall, very confining. So I started a way to stay "in the massage world and travel!" But that is another story!
What's your story? What did you do before massage? Tell us of your travels and what massage is like where you are, especially if you massage outside the U.S. We really like pictures, if possible.
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Great set of responses. My short career before I got fatally bitten by the Ida Rolf bug included a stint at plant manager and salesman for Tom's of Maine, managing an aquaculture company farming mussels (no jokes, now), carpenter, waiter, and personal assistant to a Hollywood music producer. I had zero background in manual therapy, psychotherapy, or massage, but I got interested in what was then called the Human Potential Movement (Esalen and all that) - took est, learned Aikido and Tai Chi, meditated on this and that, got rolfed - and immediately said, "This is useful magic, I want to know how to do this." I have always used my hands, so I was attracted to the craft of manual therapy. I have never looked back, and only been bored when I am on the cusp of something new. It took me many years to reach the level of competence where I felt I was worth the money I charged. I was very fortunate to have practices in many places in thre USA and Europe. You w
I currently work 45 hours a week traveling the coast, MS, AL, FL, and sometimes LA doing floor cleaning equipment repair. Mechanic you might say. I can say this was an answer to a prayer, getting into massage therapy. I went to the local school, Blue Cliff Career College, Mobile, AL for two years getting student massages. I took up running and as a reward I would get a massage as long as I kept running.
My day job is not that fulfilling and I wanted to do something more meaningful. Massage felt so good to me that I decided I wanted to do this for other people. Actually I think I get as much out of it as the client does. It relaxes me too, I'm kind of hyper inside. Nervous energy you might say. I came across a quote recently by Novalis, (Frederick von Hardenberg), that goes: "We touch heaven when we lay our hands on a human body." That really spoke to me.
When I got the message that this is what I'm supposed to do next, I went directly to school and signed up for class. Then I called my younger sister, who mentioned to me before that she wanted to be a MT, and told her she had to sign up and go through the course with me. We both graduated Sept. last year and are now LMT's. We are the only two of 12 students in class to be licensed so far. We started with 6 females and 6 males and ended up that I was the only male to finish the course. Don't ask how I made it through, I don't know. A lot of estrogen to compete with.
My goal is to find enough clients to be able to leave my current job. I've been praying and waiting for some direction from above and some doors to open. I have a Neurologist who says he will refer patients to me but none as yet. I'm most confident with Swedish although with 750 hours of training, we also got all the other modalities. I think I would like to do Swedish, Medical, maybe Pregnancy, and work with infant massage somewhere. I'm anxious to see where massage takes me.
I too, as a lot of you, wore many hats over my life time of work. Glad to have settled into work that is so fulfilling and I love . The last job was for a telecommunication company. I really was not cut out for the corporate world. I really hated being stuck in a cubical in a floor full of cubicles, that were stacked 6 floors high, next to 7 buildings full of just the same. I am now in my 7th year as a massage therapist and wonder where the time has gone.
I was in retail management and I had no intention of leaving until I was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, I also had a bulging disc and a herniated disc. I found my physical therapy very interesting, and thought about pursuing that as a career until I found out I'd be in school for about 8 years. So massage therapy was the next logical choice! I work for a chiropractor and I enjoy seeing people on a regular basis, seeing the progress they make and encouraging them through the process.