At CCMH, we hear a lot of stories about how Massage Therapy changed someone’s life – from the people we help in our clinics, to the students enrolled in our classes. It’s always inspiring to learn that a student chose to pursue a career in Massage Therapy after having a positive therapeutic experience. We caught up with Sarah M. Floyd, R.M.T., BASc. Kin, to discuss her experience on both sides of the massage table, her education at CCMH Toronto, her work, her dreams and Sarah’s best advice for Massage Therapy students.
What originally led you to pursue a career in Massage Therapy?
After secondary school, I enrolled in the Massage Therapy program because I was inspired by my own experience with rehabilitation. My family doctor diagnosed me with a relatively common virus known as Mono (Mononucleosis), which managed to impair my neuromuscular system causing me pain and severe muscle weakness. I was in awe after my first session. I felt compelled to learn how to alleviate others of their suffering and to restore their ability to function.
That’s really admirable! It’s amazing what a little pain relief can do for the mind and spirit. Why did you choose to study at CCMH?
There are many reasons I chose CCMH. The most important reasons to me were that it came highly recommended (by the therapist who had inspired my career choice), it was relatively close to home, and I thoroughly enjoyed my tour of the campus. I could imagine myself in the classrooms acquiring the knowledge and skills to make me a successful therapist.
It seems like Massage Therapy was the right choice for you. What did you find most rewarding in your journey?
There are so many rewarding aspects of being a Massage Therapist, but none greater than the satisfaction I get from improving the quality of life of an individual. To improve someone’s quality of life, I perform manual therapy, educate them, or explore ways to improve their accessibility to health services and reduce barriers. I am eager to gain more experience in the healthcare industry as I hope to expand my career in the direction of public health and health policy.
It sounds like you’re really exploring issues as part of an interconnected system – something Massage Therapy education definitely focuses on. What advice can you offer current and new students.
1. Always stay informed.
2. Learn how to critically evaluate and communicate the findings of white papers (scientific literature).
Those are excellent tips. You have to stay on top your area of expertise! One last question, how did your education at CCMH impact your life after school?
Thanks to all of the knowledge and skills I acquired while attending CCMH, I was able to quickly develop a successful practice in the GTA. CCMH also helped to prepare me for a concurrent degree and diploma program at the University of Guelph-Humber. I excelled in the Kinesiology program and graduated with distinction (>80% grade point average). My education at CCMH has served me well as a Massage Therapist and in my subsequent academic endeavours.
Amazing! We’d love to check in with you again in the future to see what you’ve achieved with your education. We wish you all the best in your endeavours and thank you for speaking with us today.
Are you interested in a career as a Massage Therapist? Learn more about other students who found their path at CCMH by checking out our blog and following us on Facebook and Twitter. Want to share your story? Contact Susy at firstname.lastname@example.org.