At WCCMT New Westminster, we were able to interview several inspirational students, faculty and alumni. With the year coming to a close, we’d like to take a moment to review some of the highlights:
In Rosemary Forst’s blog, we learned that the journey to massage can be an unexpected but rewarding path. She began learning about massage in Hawaii, where she completed a 700-hour course, then returned to Canada where she found that she needed a license in order to practice massage therapy. After attending several different schools, Rosemary found that enjoyed the vibe of WCCMT best and graduated as valedictorian, and is quickly becoming a recognized healthcare professional in the West Coast.
However, sometimes the path to massage can bring you back to where you began, as we found out in Kristen Burrow’s blog. Kristen found her passion for massage very early in life and started studying right after high school, when she moved in with her father to help him with his multiple sclerosis. He received massages from WCCMT, where she decided she wanted to attend for school. She is currently a teacher’s assistant for two classes, working with clients who have multiple sclerosis and bringing her experience full circle to what initially interested her in massage therapy.
We also had WCCMT alum, Adryon Hutton, share some advice to new massage therapy graduates. In her blog, she covers some great points including the importance to constantly keep learning, effective communication with patience and to nurture the excitement of you field.
We’ve learned so much from our students, faculty and alumni, and are thrilled to continue providing you with more insights and experiences from the College of Massage Community. Remember to keep in touch with us by following us on Facebook, Twitter and liking our page on LinkedIn.
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Congratulations and Welcome to the wonderful world of Registered Massage Therapy! Now that you’ve survived a grueling program and an even more exhaustive and intensive board exam, you’re finally here – Well done!
Now comes the hard part… Where do you go? What do you do? Where do you really want to focus your practice? All of these are important questions and perhaps this post can help ease your mind and provide some insight into what your next step should be:
1. Take your Time AND do your Research!
Visit multiple practices and clinics and see what’s out there. Perhaps you can even volunteer, job shadow or locum for to get the feel of working in a professional environment. There are many, MANY opportunities waiting for you out there and you have to find the right fit for you and you for it. The number one cause of job dissatisfaction is stagnancy; not moving forward or more importantly, not LEARNING. Find or create a practice that will allow you to continuously grow and learn. That’s how leaders are made!
2. Where your Journey truly begins!
When you begin your practice you will start to see some complicated cases, perhaps more than what you expected. It can sometimes feel overwhelming. Breathe. It’ll all be OK. It is totally acceptable to not have all the answers BUT it is NOT alright to make it up or do a simple, ineffective treatment. Do your due diligence, be safe, and find out how you can best serve your patient. Seek guidance from other RMT’s or colleagues of other professions. What would they do? Read articles and research – Remember what I said about constantly learning?
3.Learn the Art of Communication!
You are now the professional. Your patients will be coming to YOU for their pain and rehabilitation needs. Remember that they don’t know what you know. You are responsible for telling them what is going on with them, what kind of treatment they need and how to go about getting that treatment. You will have the answers but if you don’t, be honest and find out the answers.
4. Be EXCITED!!!
Massage Therapy is one of the most evolving and diverse medical professions that exists today. You can focus your practice on so many different types of therapy; Pregnancy and Maternity, Sports, Geriatric, Neuro, Rehabilitation, Pediatrics, Chronic Illness, First Nations or maybe a little bit of everything. But remember to do what moves YOU and to find YOUR passion.
Adryon Hutton has been a RMT since 2004 and is currently a full time practitioner and co-owner of Legacies Health Centre in Surrey, BC. Adryon started her Massage Education in Halifax and transferred to WCCMT New West to complete her program and be ready to practice in B.C.. Her focus is Sports Therapy and she has worked at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, ITU World Cup, World Police and Fire Games. She has also worked with many sports affiliated teams such as the New Zealand Triathlon Team, Canadian Men’s Tennis, Vancouver Whitecaps and BC Lions.
While we were busy trying to determine which of the three choices of delicious soup were the best (The Thai Curry won hands down!) an elderly gentleman, from outside the campus, walked in the front door and proceeded towards us all partaking in joyous soup-slurping.
He explained that he had fallen down the day before on a sidewalk and was assisted by students from WCCMT, both with first-aid and with an abundance of kindness. The gentleman was so impressed that he had returned to the college to seek out the students who had helped him and to thank them in person for their attention.
We soon found out they are Mike Calder & Elena Leonidas, in Term 5!
We wanted to share this with everyone and to express how very impressed we are with Mike Calder and Elena Leonidas. Both have represented WCCMT in the best way possible – by helping someone in need! They demonstrated, not only to us all, but to the community of New Westminster how compassionate, skilled, professional and altruistic our students are.