Emily Mae Stewart graduated from the Halifax campus of the College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 2013, and had a successful career as an RMT. After practicing massage for a while, Emily developed a shoulder injury that prevented her from doing her job. Determined to stick with a career in healthcare, she used her articulation courses from CCMH (and others from a few other recognized Universities) to finish her undergraduate degree. Now Emily is going back to school for a Master’s of Physical Therapy at the University of Saskatchewan. We asked Emily a few questions about her time at CCMH and how it helped shape her path.
I had goals of entering healthcare, but after I went to university I decided it wasn’t for me.
I really enjoyed my time at CCMH. I loved the structure and being in class all day. The program was hard, but it met my expectations. Because massage is offered in spas, a lot of people don’t realize there’s a clinical component. There’s a lot more to it!
What did you do after graduation?
When I first started, I was so excited to be an MT. I treated 30 people over six days! Massaging is a skill that took me all over Canada. I worked as an RMT in Halifax, then moved to Saskatoon and massaged there.
So you got injured? That’s too bad…but it led you to Physical Therapy!
I was hoping to find a niche that was less strenuous and less intense on the body but still within Physical Therapy. Physical Therapy uses more modalities, which means it can be much less tiring physically.
How did you become interested in pursuing a Master’s degree?
Through the articulation program CCMH has with Thompson Rivers University, I was able to transfer credits from CCMH towards my Undergraduate degree in Health Sciences. The Master’s of Physical Therapy program at the University of Saskatchewan is very competitive. I wasn’t sure if it was all going to work out, but it did and I am so excited to get started in August.
What advice would you offer to students entering a career in massage?
Sometimes an injury is unavoidable. But it’s important to listen to your body if you want a long career. Even though I can’t massage, my RMT education wasn’t a waste, no matter what happens.
Thanks for sharing your story with us, Emily! Good Luck at school in August.
We are so proud to see Emily utilize her education to take on this new challenge! We are confident she will have continued success. CCMH loves to keep in touch with our alums. Please read other alum success stories, like Ginger and Christiane. If you want to share your story, please contact [email protected]