Some things are just meant to be. Melissa De Sousa’s path to becoming a RMT began in her childhood. She always loved working with her hands and had a keen interest in health and science from a young age, making Massage Therapy a perfect fit. She recently graduated from CCMH Toronto and is now a practicing RMT. We spoke with Melissa to learn about her experience in our school, her connection with her clients.
So Melissa, when you attended CCMH Toronto, how was your commute?
I initially commuted from Durham region but was soon able to stay at a nearby apartment throughout my studies at CCMH. At first, commuting was difficult, but I wanted to go to CCMH because I knew they were one of the top schools for preparing students for the college board exams.
Glad to hear it wasn’t a pain in the neck! Why did you decide to pursue a career in Massage Therapy?
I have always worked with my hands as an artist since I was a young child, and I have always had a passion for science and health. I have personally experienced the benefits of Massage Therapy, and know many others who have as well. Helping people is also very important to me. I have found a way to achieve this and fulfill my passions and interests through a career in Massage Therapy.
Sounds like it was the right fit for you for many reasons. As a working RMT, how do you connect with your patients?
Helping others is the best part of my career. I connect with my clients by giving them my undivided attention and respecting their concerns regarding their soft tissue health. Each person is unique and I learn from each of my clients — which is another rewarding part of my career as a RMT.
Do you have any advice for new and current Massage Therapy students?
For new and current Massage Therapy students, my advice is to absorb as much as you can — but balance your studies with self care. A strong foundation and knowledge of the theory is important and of course practice, practice, practice. Do not be afraid to challenge yourself with the unfamiliar so you can learn as much as possible.
That’s great advice! Thanks for taking the time to speak with us, Melissa!