Here at CCMH we love hearing about what our past students are up to, and how their time at CCMH has given them opportunities in their career.
We talked with alum and part time instructor Paulette, about heading back to school. Also, about Massage Therapy in sports, what it’s like to work at a pregnancy and prenatal clinic, and her advice for current students in the program.
Hi Paulette! What brought you to CCMH to begin with? Which campus did you graduate from?
I graduated from CCMH Halifax Campus in 2005. It was located in Bedford back then and it was centrally located and afforded me an easy commute. I knew going back to school full time would be a big transition for me and my family, so it had to work for everyone. CCMH fit all the criteria! My daughters were in elementary school at the time and were fairly close by. I liked this because it was easy to be able to finish my classes and pick them up in time to take them to gymnastics after school. I had toured the campus early in 2003 at an open house and was impressed by the level of professionalism their staff and students portrayed. After that my entire focus centered on becoming a Massage Therapist.
What originally led you to pursue a career in Massage Therapy?
I taught figure skating as a professional coach for many years. I was ready for a change and was always interested in pursuing something in the healthcare industry as well as owning a business. As a coach I often would suggest my skaters seek out Massage Therapy for injuries and for preventative measures. I became increasingly interested after seeing such positive results with my students. I even started taking my own gymnast daughters to get massages and saw firsthand how beneficial it was. I was hooked so I started doing research on schools in the area.
Becoming a Massage Therapist afforded me the ability to be in the health industry and own my own business! I now co-own a very busy multi disciplinary (Massage, osteo, acupuncture, and TCM) clinic called Natural Path Wellness located in a beautiful century home in downtown Dartmouth NS. My business partner Bronwen Trim-MacDonald and I focus mainly on chronic pelvic issues that cause hip and back pain, as well as TMJ dysfunction.
What is our favourite part about being an RMT?
Such a hard question to answer as there are so many amazing things! Perhaps my favourite thing is that it is such a humbling profession. Just when I think I have a handle on how the body works, something new presents itself to me. It’s an ongoing learning process and I LOVE to learn. Taking courses that interest me so I am then able to take those new skills and implement into a treatment plan for my patients is also very rewarding. Our patients are extremely important to us at Natural Path Wellness and being able to be better for them is something we strive for every day.
How do you connect with your patients?
I connect with my patients by listening to them, learning their stories, remembering their kids and pets names , and taking a genuine interest in each and every one of them. Simply put, we believe in kindness. Kindness can change the world one person at a time. If we can make one person feel good about themselves then that kindness will spread and be passed on. So, simply put we connect with our patients by spreading a little kindness one patient at a time.
We understand that you work with the pregnancy/prenatal clinic. Is there anything students and RMTs alike have to keep in mind when they’re working with pregnant clients?
Most students coming in to the pregnancy clinic for the first time are completely terrified! One of the things I need to remind them is that pregnancy is not a pathology! The first day of pregnancy clinic we review positioning of the client on the table, body areas to avoid or to be cautious around, conditions that can be exacerbated by pregnancy (TOS, carpal tunnel, TMJD, etc.) and the emphasis on taking blood pressure pre and post treatment.
What advice can you offer current and new students?
I have been instructing at the CCMH Halifax campus for a few years now – it can be a stressful time for those students, as nothing worth having comes easy. My advice to students? Have a great support system, find a great study group, don’t miss class, and be kind to yourself. Not every day is going to be easy. Take deep breaths often, drink lots of water, and go to bed early.
Thank you so much for sharing Paulette!
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