Massage Therapy has been the gateway to many students’ dream careers, and CCMH has had the honor of helping multiple talented RMT’s get their start. One such case is Alley Puhach, a graduate from the CCMH Toronto campus. She was kind enough to share her story with us and give some advice to current students.
Originally from St. Catharine’s, she moved to Toronto to be closer to the school when she was accepted. Even before applying, Alley felt that CCMH would be a good fit – a thought that was solidified during the application process.
“I chose CCMH because I wanted a school with a good reputation and when I emailed Susy for information about the school, she actually called me rather than sending me an email copy of an information session (which is what another school did).”
After walking through our doors, Alley knew she made the right choice.
“I liked the feeling I got when I entered the school. It was welcoming and informative. I really enjoyed the program.”
Prior to attending CCMH, Alley studied at Brock University. As a rower, she was introduced to Massage Therapy through their athletic program. She had always wanted to get into Athletic Therapy and saw an opportunity to pursue a career she knew she would love.
“It was then that I realized that I could work with athletes (which was my dream) as a Massage therapist,” she shared.
Currently, she is attending school for Osteopathy, and credits Massage Therapy as a great way to further her education. What she learned at CCMH has helped her with assisting patients that much more, a rewarding aspect of her career.
“My favourite part of being an RMT is working with people and helping them with whatever pain they have. I love a challenge and love helping people. When a patient leaves my office in less pain, I know that I have achieved my goal.”
When connecting with clients, Alley says her secret is listening to her patient’s main concern and believing them no matter what. Being their advocate puts them at ease, and creates a bond of trust between herself and the patient.
“I am on their side for the time they are with me. I tell them that I am available for any questions they may have in the future and give them an environment they are safe and comfortable in.”
Although Massage is a rewarding career with ample opportunities, Alley encourages students to take the time to find a job that they enjoy working to avoid burn out. Whether it’s in a multidisciplinary clinic or spa, she says it’s important to take time for yourself.
“Your hands are your gift so take care of them and your body. Try not to take the hard cases home. There will be patients that have a lot going on and sometimes they won’t feel better. Don’t take it personally – it could ruin a good day!”
Other than that, Alley says to enjoy this amazing career. But she does have one final bit of practical advice.
“Oh! Pay attention in professional practice…especially the tax lesson. It will save you in the future!”
We’re always proud to see graduates doing well, and appreciate Alley for sharing her story with us!
Are you interested in a career as a Massage Therapist? Email us at email@example.com! Learn more about other graduates who have found their path at CCMH by checking out our blog and following us on Facebook and Twitter!