The Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy is a great place to find your new career. We have hard-working students and inspiring graduates who love to support each other. We know starting something new is always stressful so we’ve put together advice from some of our respected graduates!
Alexandra Denvir works at the Achieve Wellness Spa in Northern Alberta. She credits part of her success to her seating partner, “I think you should sit beside someone who is on the same page as you in terms of career aspiration and motivation.” Surrounding yourself with supportive peers will help keep the knowledge circling. It’s best not to do it alone!
Alexandra has three specific pieces of advice for current students. Firstly, “if you are just beginning your career, be patient. Start slow, get to know your limits and respect your physical capabilities. Understand that this is one of the most rewarding professions! Each day we are able to come into work happy, healthy, and able to assist to others is a good day.” Taking it one day at a time is, most of the time, easier said than done. However, focusing on what you need to do in the present rather than worrying about the future to come, is a great way to look at things as a bigger picture.
“Never stop learning. Every effort you make as a massage therapist, be it taking complementary courses, improving existing techniques, or just reviewing anatomy, will be of value somewhere down the line.” Every mistake and success is an opportunity to learn. The journey never stops!
Alexandra’s last piece of advice is to “stay present in your treatments. With acute attention, you will be able to pick up subtle cues from the body which will open an entirely new world of possibilities in terms of treatment approach.” Even as a RMT, there’s constant development in not only Massage Therapy but your practice as a RMT. Every body is different and your patients will appreciate that after time and time again, you’re learning how their body works to certain treatments.
Shiwen Huang is another recent graduate that strongly believes volunteering for many student clinics is important. Apart from physical practice, she says, “the most helpful tip I can give is to read the lecture notes carefully. Highlight the details instead of highlighting everything.” Never hesitate to review material! In Massage Therapy, there’s too much information to cram into one night. Going over your notes repetitively can help you in your results.
Our students go above and beyond with creative methods to learn outside of school. “School doesn’t teach you people skills. Good therapy goes beyond the hand-work,” says Justin Hui. “Get massages from professionals and make a note of how they treat you, from the moment they meet you to techniques. You’ll learn more than you think.” Learning how to teach your patients by becoming a patient is a great strategy! Keeping an open conversation with your patients can help a lot with pain management.
Starting a new career doesn’t have to be so difficult! With our dedicated staff and helpful graduates, we support our students as much as possible. As graduate Alex Yue says, “Growth will happen if you keep pushing!” Sometimes, you just need to take the leap!
Interested in pursuing a career as a Massage Therapist? A new semester starts in May and it’s easier than you think! Learn about our other students who found their path at CCMH by checking out our blog.