We love connecting with grads and alum to see where their CCMH education has taken them. We recently chatted with Joan Mailing, an outstanding RMT and CCMH Sutton graduate, discussing her time at CCMH, her passion for learning and her alternative approach to healing through Massage Therapy.
“I didn’t want to leave school,” explained Joan, about her time at CCMH. “I had a fantastic time and the teachers were excellent – just perfect.” Joan discovered CCMH through her chiropractor when she was just a child. “He used to teach there. Dr. Harold Drescher was a gifted man that worked ‘differently’ – he was ahead of his time. People from Oshawa to Windsor would go to see him.” It was Dr. Drescher who originally inspired Joan to become a RMT. She began planning her career path in high school. “I saw this as a career where I could help people,” she explained.
Joan faced a slew of obstacles in the early days of her career. She was educated in a time when Massage for therapeutic purposes was not very well known and stereotypes were common towards Massage Therapy. “I was told little girls grow up to be nurses,” she explained. “At the time, men doubted that women could handle the physical demands doing Massage.” So after high school, Joan took a detour and became a jeweller in London, Ontario. Luckily, one of her girlfriends had gone to CCMH and loved the program. When Joan saw a friend defying the odds she found the courage to apply herself.
Joan has always embraced her love of learning and passion for outreach. She works with different modalities, and is constantly on the hunt to update her skills and understanding. “Different things help different people,” she revealed. “I like to learn what I can do to help the people that come into my clinic. If it will help people, I will absolutely spend the money to take courses.”
Proof of her philosophy on staying current and meeting the needs of her clients, Joan went to school Pre-CEUs (continuing education unit) and now has over 400 CEUs!
In her private practice, Joan now focuses in Craniosacral Therapy for infants, children and adults, and therapeutic Massage for expectant mothers. These focuses don’t define her practice however – she’s always eager to adapt to the needs of the patients that walk through her door (as outlined by the hundreds of courses listed on her website).
You treat what you find. It’s all about passion: when you enjoy what you do, there’s no end to learning. If you have the passion to learn, and the drive to do it, you can help so many people out. I got in this profession to help people.
Joan’s passion to help and learn served her well almost immediately as she embarked on her career as a RMT – in her first three months of working, she had a waiting list of over 40 people a week. Joan’s special approach to her practice is an inspiration and a testament to her personal motto – Life Is In Motion.