CCMH attracts many students who have previous experience with Massage Therapy through receiving the physical benefits of Massage. We often hear from prospective students that receiving Massage Therapy has improved their life, and that they have chosen to study Massage Therapy in order to help others in a similar way. CCMH Toronto alumni Joanne Eustace is no exception!
Joanne chose to pursue Massage Therapy after years of being a high-performance athlete. Massage Therapy is incredibly beneficial for athletes; it not only helps them heal from injuries and prevent future injuries – it helps to relax and soothe tense and sore muscles. As a hockey player in the Canadian national team program, Joanne saw the impact of Massage Therapy first-hand through its effects on her own body.
Joanne is now a practicing RMT and she loves what she does. Like many of our graduates, she particularly enjoys the flexibility of her career: “I get to help people – and I enjoy the flexibility I have with my hours. Having a flexible schedule allows me to travel and spend more time with my family. I like that I can take my time off as needed.”
That being said, enjoying success as an RMT comes from more than just work-life balance. Massage Therapy requires a lot of hard work, and good communication and trust between the client and practitioner.
Joanne works hard to make her clients feel comfortable and place their trust in her, as this makes the Massage Therapy process smooth and rewarding. Fortunately, Joanne seems to have a knack for putting her clients at ease: “I establish a good rapport with them. I make them feel very comfortable as soon as they walk in the door,” she explains. “The more I see them, the more we learn about one another. They always just end up feeling comfortable with me.”
It is that combination of openness, attentiveness, and skill that makes Massage Therapy so incredibly valuable for health and wellness. By connecting deeply with their patients, RMTs can help their patients heal, and thrive – and help to change long-held perspectives that Massage is simply for relaxation purposes.
“I believe more and more people are seeing Massage not just as just a thing you do to relax and get pampered,” Joanne says. “95% percent of the people I see need help to fix injuries and they are MVA (motor vehicle accident) cases.”
A stellar education in Massage and a passion for life-long learning also helps to progress these old-fashioned perceptions. “Don’t settle for just Massage,” Joanne advises. “Always look for new things to make you better – like specialties. The more courses I took, the more I learned. It benefited my clients more and I became very busy!”