Holistically Driven: An Artist Becomes a RMT

Holistically Driven: An Artist Becomes a RMT

danaIf your fear of science is keeping you from the study of massage therapy, College of Massage Student Dana Jaunzemis knows where you are coming from, but would strongly encourage you to reconsider.

CCMH has students from all walks of life. From Kinesiology and Bachelor of Science graduates, to students who have worked in Information Technology, the Massage Therapy industry has a diverse community. While there are some benefits to coming to the program with a science background, it is definitely not a requirement. Artist and CCMH Cambridge student Dana brings an important passion and experience to the table as well as a positive attitude and dedication to her studies.

Dana knows what it feels like to walk into a classroom and feel uncertain about taking on a science-based program. As a fourth term student at CCMH, Dana will tell you with confidence that people from all disciplines can find success at the College of Massage. Prior to attending, Dana completed a Bachelor in Fine Arts, with a focus on sculpture and sculptural installation. After graduating, she took the opportunity to travel the world. It was while living in British Columbia, where she was studying organic gardening and permaculture, that Dana first thought about a career in Massage Therapy. A friend of hers in B.C. was working as a RMT; Dana was already practicing Reiki, a Japanese hand healing technique. Together, the two shared their interests, and Dana began to learn about Massage Therapy. The more Dana thought about Massage Therapy as a career for herself, the more it made sense. She wanted to have a business that she could run out of her own home that aligned with her passion for health and wellness. She also valued flexibility in her career and the opportunity to set aside time to continue creating art.

Dana was ready to apply, but was apprehensive about whether she would be able to manage the science component as she had not studied science since high school. Then her friend gave her invaluable support and advice. “My friend told me, ‘Stay on top of it. Don’t play catch up.’”

After that, there was no looking back. She completed two introductory courses and then dove right into the program. “I felt intimidated about anatomy, and then it turns out the 3D perspective is helpful,” said Dana. “The manipulation of muscles is like the manipulation of clay. I can actually palpate and feel structures more in 3D because of my experience.” Not only has Dana stayed on top of her studies, she feels wonderful that her experience and confidence can help new students who may also feel intimidated. Dana believes in holistic and wellness practices and wants to create a safe and positive space while working with her clients and colleagues. She has offered tutoring services to Term 1 peers at the College, and it is clear that they will be lucky to learn from her attitude and energy.

It is the unique experiences that students bring to the College of Massage that make it such a great place to learn. Dana’s message is simple and powerful: “Don’t be intimidated by the fact that the program is science based. You can do it. Be positive.”

If you’d like to read more stories from our graduates, check out Nicole’s blog post on her background, CCMH journey, and bright future.

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