We always enjoy the opportunity to catch up with our former students and see what opportunities they have been able to create for themselves since becoming Registered Massage Therapists. Ben Roesner graduated from our Cambridge campus and recently opened his own practice in Stratford, Ontario.
Hi Ben, great to hear from you! How is being an RMT? Any updates?
Being an RMT has been great! Unlike many of my classmates I started my own practice as soon as I was registered. This came with the challenge of building my own client roster and learning to collaborate with other professionals both within and outside of our clinic space. The clinic that I work at (The Space Within – Downtown Stratford Ontario) did not have the framework in place for a Massage Therapist. Therefore, I had to build everything from the ground up. This was a challenge but it also allowed me to design the space, the intake process, my charting procedures, and everything in between the way I felt would best serve my clients.
Wow, that’s amazing! What has been the most rewarding aspect of practicing Massage Therapy?
The most rewarding aspect of what we do is being able to help people. Seeing the changes we have made and hearing about the client moving through their previous limitations is always something to look forward to. A collaborative approach between different types of health professionals is always going to be better for the overall health of the client. I am very blessed to be working side by side with my wife, Dr. Keila Roesner ND. The clients we both see together are the ones that generally see the most improvement over time. Working as a team to address issues is very gratifying.
Have you been introducing or researching anything new for your practice?
I have recently become certified in an additional modality called cupping. I have found it allows me to help clients with certain symptoms more than I would be able to with just my hands. I actually took the additional training at the CCMH Cambridge campus.
We love helping to continue our students’ education after graduation! What did you enjoy most about CCMH’s atmosphere and what helped you most through the program?
I think the overall atmosphere at CCMH is a very positive one. The instructors are always willing to go out of their way to help you in any way they can. My classmates were also great! I know there are many of us that would not have made it through if it wasn’t for the help of our fellow classmates. Since graduating it has become even more clear that the education CCMH provides is amongst the best in the industry.
If you did the program again, would you do anything differently?
No, I don’t think I would. However, one suggestion to someone starting the course would be to enjoy the process and take some time to get to know the people in your class. I am grateful to have made a lot of great friendships during my time at CCMH. I know the stress and anxiety that comes with going back to school can limit some people from that part of the experience. Believe it or not, the years you spend at school will go by so quick and you want to be able to look back on it with great memories.
Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any advice you’d give to potential students?
Like I had said before, the road to becoming an RMT is not an easy one. If you can embrace the challenge and look at it in a positive light you will only grow from the experience. Now that I am out and working for myself I know it was all worth it.
Thanks for taking the time to chat with us, Ben!
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