CCMH is proud to accept students with all different experiences into their program. All students have this common goal of wanting to become health care practitioners. Whether a student is planning to help others by working at a multidisciplinary clinic, in a spa or their own practice, we aim to provide an education that builds upon their own experiences.
Suzie Biro, a current student at CCMH Cambridge, is expected to graduate in August 2018. She started attending CCMH after working several years in social work. Applying the knowledge she gained during that practice along with her natural passion for helping others has contributed to her education in Massage Therapy. She was kind enough to share her experience and details of her journey with us.
What originally led you to pursue a career in Massage Therapy?
After high school, I attended post secondary education in New Jersey in the field of Special Education and Social Behavioural Sciences. When I returned to Ontario, I naturally ended up in social work, as my research and practical experience were namely with inclusive schools and working with vulnerable populations. I had a successful career in family welfare, not without enduring a great deal of trauma (whether it was vicarious or first hand.)
I personally used Massage Therapy as a means of coping through relaxation. Mindfulness has been abuzz in the therapeutic world, and Massage was one of few practices that helped my brain turn off and have a rest (which is so important to our overall health!).
I had been looking at Massage Therapy as a possible new career path several years before finally following through with filling out my application. The idea of continuing to work with people, to help them heal emotionally and physically, was not out of my realm. And it offered me the ability to own my business, create my own schedule and work in a career that is always growing and changing.
I have always been extremely motivated and appreciate a lot of ‘busy’ in my life. Massage Therapy as a career is a way I can incorporate more of those relaxation techniques in my own life, and continue to treat and educate others in self-care.
It always helps when an RMT incorporates Massage into their own self-care treatment. When you decided to pursue an education in Massage, what made you choose CCMH?
CCMH was an easy choice; several Massage Therapists I have been treated by locally – whether at a spa or clinic – have attended CCMH. All of these RMTs have given positive reviews around how well prepared they were for board examinations.
That’s great to hear referrals from CCMH alumni! And how is the commute to school for you? Any difficulties?
I currently commute from Kitchener and Guelph, and it is an easy 15 minute drive from either city as the college is close to many major highways (Highway 7/8, Highway 24, and the 401).
Most of the students in my class commute from further distances, like Mississauga and Brampton, and even some of the smaller cities along Highway 6 north, to Mouth Forest.
Sound like you’re pretty lucky, then! What’s your favourite part about studying to be a RMT?
As a student, my favourite part is treating in clinic and outreach. It’s an opportunity for me to practice massage and connect with the community. Each week we are learning new modalities and massage techniques, new ways to assess conditions, and implement a treatment plan; participating in clinic and outreach lets me utilize those new skills.
It sounds like you really enjoy learning new skills and helping patients. How do you connect with your clients?
As I have a great deal of experience in therapeutic practices related to behavioural therapy, I am able to educate and talk to clients about how Massage Therapy can help by decreasing stress and anxiety symptoms, which improves sleep quality and neurological functions. We are learning more about how important conscious rest is!
Clients can experience these effects as they are made more aware of how their mind and body work together, the key being to educate them and help them become more self aware.
What advice can you offer current & new students?
There are no two students that are alike in this program; we all come from different backgrounds and different walks of life. The best part of this program is how we all learn from each other and learn about ourselves as we discover how we want to incorporate Massage into our practices when we finish.
The Cambridge campus has dedicated teachers that spend their own time ensuring our success in the program and as we prepare for our board exams. They all share their own stories and experiences – supporting us along this journey.
My only regret was my initial hesitation in applying – however, the college was patient and supportive when I finally decided to enrol.
Suzie is a great example of a student who applied her knowledge from a previous field into Massage. Whether it was through self-care or learning how to communicate well with others, CCMH gives students the opportunity to further their education and apply those skills in a therapeutic environment. Thank you Suzie, for sharing your story with us!
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