Kisha Rasmussen graduated from CCMH Toronto and is now practicing as a Massage Therapist. Kisha came to CCMH to pursue a second career and was an outstanding student during her studies. Kisha took advantage of the diverse opportunities available to students of CCMH and set a new record – she is the only CCMH student to have completed all 6 available hospital outreach opportunities offered by the College during her studies!
Kisha brings the same passion and drive to her new career as she did to her education. She loves her job and finds her work incredibly fulfilling.
We spoke with her about her unique approach to Massage Therapy, her studies at CCMH Toronto, what motivates her, and her best advice for students.
So Kisha, why did you choose to study at CCMH?
I am the very grateful recipient of an Ontario Second Career grant. In the process of putting together my application, I was required to find schools I might like to attend. Walking into CCMH was like walking into a warm handshake, it just seemed to be a good fit for me. CCMH’s military origin story also really spoke to me, as I am a military wife.
What originally led you to pursue a career in Massage Therapy?
Massage was always of great interest to me as there are those in my family who said I was “gifted” at it. I grew up in an unregulated province with no dedicated Massage schools, and since leaving for school really wasn’t an option, I pursued other interests until I was introduced to the Second Career program.
We’re so glad you were able to eventually pursue your passion! What’s your favourite part about being a RMT now that you’re working?
I love all aspects of my job, but I find the most rewarding part is helping in client remediation, and the possibility of resolving a condition.
Isn’t that a wonderful feeling? We hear that from our graduates all the time. It’s technically bad for business but great for the soul! How do you connect with your clients?
Many of my clients have some level of discomfort at first, so I use humour frequently to help them get more relaxed. I try to validate what they are feeling by really trying to help them understand it on a real, everyday level. One of the first questions I ask is: “What were you doing right before it started?” Then, if I can point out how they may have gotten to that state, I think of what we might be able to do to resolve it. I also work in a multi-disciplinary clinic and frequently refer them to my colleagues if necessary.
That’s great! Putting people at ease is such a big part of good massage. So Kisha, it seems like you’ve got it made in life right now. What advice can you offer current and new students?
I obtained two University degrees prior to getting an RMT Certificate. The program at CCMH was by far the most challenging. Neuro nearly killed me. I would advise no matter how hard you find the program, if you’re truly passionate about Massage, stick with it. The rewards out in the working world far outweigh the challenges and hurdles you face to get there.
And despite Neuro nearly ending me, I’ve developed a real passion for Neuromuscular techniques and apply them in most of my treatments.
Amazing! It’s such a great thing when you are able to transform something that’s distressingly difficult into something challenging but fascinating.
Thanks for speaking with us, Kisha! And best of luck with your new career and life in general.
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