Frances Hay-Gould graduated from our Cambridge campus. She talked to us about how massage has been her lifelong career choice, and her discovery that she could use massage to treat pain in cancer patients.
Why did you chose to become a RMT?
I had known very young that I wanted to help people. I wanted to do flexible, rewarding work, where I could be my own boss. I was lucky to have a teacher in grade three that had us do mini massages on each other. When I got older and I realized I could make it a career I was thrilled.
What kind of continuing education have you done since graduating?
I have Reiki levels 1 and 2. I did a refresher course in orthopedic assessments. I have also worked toward my certification in Combined Decongestive Therapy.
What did you enjoy most about studying massage?
I really enjoyed CDT. I found it the most informative and gave me a whole new skill set.
What have you learned from working as an RMT that you want to share with new students?
I have worked at a few clinics. I had to change due to my husband’s work. What I have found is that I can get work easily. I have never not had a place to work. It takes work and time to build your clientele, but in the end it’s worth it.
Tell us more about CDT (Combined Decongestive Therapy).
I work mainly with cancer patients who due to lymph node removal and radiation treatment often can develop lymphedema. I work mainly with cancer patients due to lymph node removal and radiation they can develop lymphedema.
I love what I do. The emotional side of the job can be hard at times. But like any job there is good and bad.
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