Upon graduating, our students go on to carve their own path in the world either as a Massage Therapist or by pursuing further studies. Jody graduated from CCMH in 2008. Before joining CCMH, she had attended university, nursing school, worked a number of jobs, started a family and even lived in the USA!
In the first of this two-part series, we explore how Jody found her way to CCMH.
Jody first attended Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario as a Physical Education student. “Initially I thought maybe I would be a sports doctor,” she explained, “but while I was in the program I decided to go the route of teaching”. It was during her time at Laurentian that Jody became fascinated by the human body. She would go on to excel in anatomy, and was even hired as a teacher's assistant in her first and second year.
Following her graduation, she found it hard to get into teachers college as she hadn’t taken enough courses to have a second teachable subject. To amend this, she returned home and spent a year at Guelph University. While at Guelph, Jody trained and worked as a student athletic therapist for the men’s volleyball team. This experience eventually led to her deciding not to follow the sports medicine path she had previously laid out. “I knew I wanted to stay in the healthcare field and continue with my love of the human body and how it works, so I went into a nursing diploma programme.”
Despite wanting a positive outcome, Jody knew before graduation that nursing wouldn’t be the career for her for the long-term. She received her RN designation and even worked in a busy orthopaedic surgery floor for a while. Still trying to find her path, she would also go through short tenures in the offices of a gastroenterologist and a pediatrician, and in home care. She eventually wound up visiting one of the original CCMH campuses in Keswick, Ontario, to check out the program. It was during this visit that she got her first massage ever and decided that this is what she wanted to do. “I decided on massage because I could work with my hands, use my knowledge of anatomy, help people and do it all in a much more relaxed and calm environment.”
At a high school reunion, an old friend asked an important question. “If money were not an issue, what would you do?” Jody replied without hesitation, “Massage Therapy!” Jody noted that finances had been one of the factors preventing her from taking a massage therapy program in the past. This experience further reinforced her feelings and passion for massage therapy.
Jody and her family eventually settled in Halifax. “When deciding on a massage therapy school to attend, I received such a warm welcome at CCMH - this made it an easy choice. They were willing to sit down with me and explain the process and look at my previous education. It felt like I was meant to attend CCMH.”
And the rest, as they say, is history.
CCMH strives to help students reach their full potential as RMTs and to embrace the journey that brought them into the world of massage therapy. In part 2 of the series, we will continue Jody’s story and explore how she went from a CCMH graduate to opening her own business and eventually finding her way back to us as a member of faculty!
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