We spoke with Mathieu Aubin, a graduate from CCMH Toronto, about his experience with CCMH Toronto, what he’s been up to as an RMT and some advice for students looking to start their careers in Massage Therapy.
When did you start at CCMH, Mathieu?
I started at CCMH in May of 2015. I actually decided I wanted to go back to school for Massage Therapy, booked my tour of the school, took the tour, discussed starting dates and started class all within four days.
That’s great that CCMH was so accommodating! Why did you choose CCMH above other Toronto schools?
I chose CCMH specifically because I have two friends who graduated from the school and spoke very highly about the curriculum, the staff and the facilities.
We are so glad to hear it. What were you doing before learning to become a RMT?
Prior to going to CCMH, I was a personal trainer as well as an actor in musical theatre.
I wanted to go back to school for Massage Therapy because I had a strong sense of biomechanics and the strength and conditioning aspects of the human body, but wanted to be able to do more for my clients than just train them. I wanted to learn about how to facilitate their healing, and develop a more specific in depth knowledge of the human anatomy; it helps that it was also a step forward financially as well!
That always helps! So what has life been like after graduation?
Since graduation, I’ve continued working at the front desk of a Goodlife Fitness, waiting for my registration. Starting my career as a Massage Therapist through Goodlife would be a great option with all of the relationships I’ve developed with members and staff. I was constantly informing people about my pending registration. Finally, when I got my registration, after just three days of working in the clinic, I had a fully booked day.
Now that I am registered, I am working in the Goodlife Fitness Health Centres Clinic, three full days and two half days a week and taking people at my home two days a week.
That’s incredible! Mathieu, what is something you would like to share with students just starting at CCMH?
To all students who are just starting the program – give it everything you have. The most important thing about being a Massage Therapist is the relationships you develop with your clients, and showing them that you care. To be successful, always perform each treatment to the best of your abilities then continue to improve on those skills.
And do you have any advice for recent grads?
One thing that I had to learn very quickly, starting at the clinic, is that building a clientele required a lot of patience and personal free time. After the first few clients came in for treatment, the referrals started to drive most of my business and I no longer needed to worry as much about a lot of the original marketing strategies that I had developed. Just get your name out there and talk to people.
Thank you Mathieu for sharing your experience with us!
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