Lisa Robinson just wrapped up her first term at WCCMT New West. Lisa made a huge career jump from marketing to wanting to become an RMT and has been reflecting on how our free Bio Prep course helped her prepare and what helped her make it through term 1. [Read more…]
Thank you to our videographer Michael Lylyk, our alumni Omer, Danielle, Nazila and Jeff, all our students who participated, and WCCMT instructor Dr. Vizniak for making this testimonial video possible!
Being a Massage Therapist is a rewarding and flexible career. At CCMH, we’ve had the opportunity to teach many students and help guide them on their journey of finding the best field and fit for them. While we understand that each stage of learning Massage can come with its own unique set of challenges, those who are just starting out usually need the most guidance – particularly when it comes to selecting a Massage Therapy program. When deciding on a Massage school, there are a lot of factors to consider. Would you rather attend a small college or large university? What are the steps to apply? And – probably the most daunting thing to consider – how much does it cost to become a Massage Therapist?
Most Massage Therapy programs in Canada are 2200 hours and can range in tuition from $15,000 – $35,000 not including books and supplies. Breakdowns of different massage school tuitions are available online, but you will also encounter some schools that don’t list their pricing without a meeting or commitment. At CCMH/WCCMT we list our tuition fees under the admissions tab on each of the campus websites.
Tuition is not the only thing to consider when selecting the school that feels right for you. The facility, instructors and curriculum is extremely important as well. At CCMH/WCCMT we will help eligible students work towards their goals. We offer several scholarship programs and have financial aid officers in each of our campuses that can help you with your financial needs.
Education is a big investment in both time and money, so make sure to do adequate research in finding a program that’s best for you. When looking at Massage colleges, take into account whether the program you’ve selected will provide you with recognized credits and qualifications for your field. Contact companies that you are interested in to see if they would hire a graduate from the school you plan on attending. As careers in Massage Therapy grow across the country, CCMH/WCCMT has upheld its reputation as a high-quality Massage college that is widely recognized and accredited. Don’t just let cost be the primary reason for choosing a school. Make sure to select a college based on the education, training and best fit for you!
There are many reasons to become a Massage Therapist and different things can draw a person to that calling – the flexibility of the schedule, the ability to follow your passion or the sheer satisfaction of helping others. At the College of Massage we’ve taught thousands of students, each on their own, unique path to RMT, and physical therapists. While we work hard to instill a sense of pride, education and ambition in our students, it always makes us happy to see how they fare once they walk across our graduation stage and into the world of Massage Therapy. We’ve learned a lot from our alumni – not just how to be better RMT’s, or how to advance in their fields, but at the core, what makes them like being a Massage Therapist.
For some, it’s the flexibility. According to Stephanie McDowell, “I am fortunate enough to be able to pick and choose the days and times I work and I have a broad spectrum of patients with varying and complex issues.”
Many describe their dream job as having the ability to select their own working hours, and with Massage Therapy, you are awarded that luxury. There’s also the advantage of choosing from multiple fields. With such a broad practice, there are many career opportunities to choose from and CCMH alumni have been able to follow their individual passions while still helping others.
According to alum Adryon Hutton, “Massage Therapy is one of the most evolving and diverse medical professions that exist 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.
For others, it’s the discipline they’ve learned while in Massage school. “I gained an understanding of the fortitude and commitment required from both the client and therapist to achieve their desired goal,” states Gleb Savchenko, and alumnus of CCMH. They appreciate not just holding themselves accountable, but seeing the progress of their truly dedicated patients. They are working as a team to achieve a common goal, which is to help a patient reach success or to fully heal with Massage.
The most common benefit of being a Massage Therapist, recognized from so many of our students and faculty in our community, is the reward of helping others reach their full potential, whether it’s healing, achieving a new a goal or simply being able to perform small, everyday tasks.
Stephanie expands on this by stating, “It’s hard to put into words, but the faith my clients put in me is a very wonderful and humbling experience… It’s especially the little things (which are actually often the enormous things) that really make the days special. I will never get tired of hearing someone say ‘I was just able to put on my own shoes and socks for the first time in months!’”
People choose to become Massage Therapists for many reasons. It can be because of money, time flexibility, passion – but at the end of the day, every Massage Therapists experiences the same thing – healing.
“I haven’t had a specific “AHA” moment where I knew I made the right decision in choosing a career, but it happens daily,” said Andrew, a Waterloo-based RMT. “The gratitude I feel after asking people how they feel after a treatment, or the satisfaction I feel when I complete a Treatment Plan and get to discharge someone who is no longer suffering with an issue they came to me with, really makes it all worthwhile.”
There couldn’t be any better reason than that.
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The West Coast College of Massage Therapy has a diverse and fascinating student body with so many interesting lifestyles and hobbies. We sat down with Joey Norris; a Term 5 student who is also a falconer, to talk about his experiences and the surprising similarities falconry and massage therapy share.
How long have you been involved in falconry?
I’ve been practicing falconry for eight years, during this time I’ve worked in film industry for four years. It’s not really a job, not really career but a way of life because you can’t leave the birds. Someone has to be there to look after them at all time.
Falconry has a long history in combat. While I was training, doing martial arts, I overheard my mentor, who was my fighting partner at the time, talking about a falconry workshop. I was like woah, you’re taking a falconry workshop? She said no, that she was running it! A few month later I was firmly entrenched, and I signed up to do all the dirty work. I kind of forced my mentor to keep me around.
How would you describe your relationship with the birds?
A lot of people have a tendency to treat them like pets, they want to walk up to them and pet them and kiss them. You cannot domesticate them, they are emotionally complete. They’re not a pet, they’re a companion. When I walk in in the morning, they will tell me whether or not they are happy to see me. You know, by the way they hold themselves. You learn how to read the body language, and the way they move. They have similar facial expressions. Obviously, they have a beak or a bill, not lips so they can’t smile like we do but you can learn to see how the feathers or certain types of feathers on their face are positioned and angled.
Is there one bird that you work with or have a connection with more than others?
It’s just like we have friendship’s, I can get along with anyone in my class but there are obviously a few people I get along with the most. We don’t consider them owned, because when we fly them, there’s nothing stopping them from not coming back, they choose to do so. My mentor has a good relationship with all of them but she has an unbreakable relationship with captain of the team -as we call him- Saber. The things that he’ll let her do is amazing. He’ll let her get in and nuzzle him or pet his feathers or scratch his head, all sorts of stuff. Not everyone can do that. Saber is amazing, so he’s not going to hurt anyone else who tries that but he’ll give you the warning, like “get the heck out of here, I’m not going to let you do that.”
My relationship like that is on and off with Mohave, a Red Tailed Buzzard. He terrifies most people because he’s huge. But when I work with him, he just cheeps away like a little baby, like a chick. It’s ridiculous! When were at home, at his place, I let him be boss. When he’s having a bad day, he’ll stomp his feet at me you know, to say “give me my food” and he’ll be all bossy but when we’re on set and it’s work time, I’m the boss. You have these cool different kinds of relationships.
Have you been doing much since you started school?
I don’t have any time for this since I started the program. The only time I have done anything with my mentor since I started has been on long weekends and the breaks, because when I’m in school, it’s full time.
Why do you want to become an RMT?
I’ve always wanted to help out. I’m into martial arts, and I’ve noticed throughout the years, whenever you train with someone for a long period of time, you get comfortable with each other. A guy has a sore shoulder or a sore wrist from what you were doing, you want to help out. You stretch each other out; you massage each other; you want to help each other out. Whenever we did that, everyone wanted me to do it, they would say hey you’re really good at that, you should be a massage person-thing! At the time I didn’t know what it was really; to be a therapist.
Do you plan on continuing falconry after you graduate?
I’m going to do falconry after I graduate, I don’t know how but I’m going to do it. It’s always going to be a part of me. One of the major things I’m looking forward to doing post-graduation is going to be a martial arts instructor in Thailand. I was invited to work in a camp out there and the master there, who is a world champion, is into falconry. When he heard that I was a falconer, he that they could build a section of the camp where I could go out with my own native bird and keep practicing my art there.
What similarities have you found between massage therapy and falconry?
The relationships or the personal interactions are very similar. The first time I ever saw Mohave, he had just come out of a 12 hour flight, he was just a kid, maybe 12 weeks old and he was terrified of everything. He was scared of the sky, believe it or not. He always wanted to be under trees. He was on my glove for about 13 hours straight, it’s a training technique called manning, and we were working together for his benefit, to help project care. After 13 hours of him being mortified of everything, including me, I fell asleep on the couch while we were watch a movie and I had my arm outstretched. He walked over and started preening my eyebrow. He was trying to clean my face. This was his way of trying to connect with me.
Working those long hours are normal, especially on set, so you form those relationships, you are working together to create this beautiful thing: a film. It’s the same sort of thing here, you’re working together for however long it takes to make someone feel better, especially if it’s something chronic. I like that sort of relationship.
Thanks to Joey for sharing his exciting experiences with birds of prey! Want to share your story? Contact [email protected] to be featured in our blog. As always, WCCMT would love to see you on LinkedIn, our New Westminster Facebook Page or our WCCMT/CCMH Facebook Page so you can stay connected with our community.