We love catching up with alumni to learn about their time with us, what they’re doing now, and what led them to Massage Therapy in the first place.
This week, we spoke with Joseph Khouzam. Joseph was on track to pursue a career in Business Administration when life threw him a curveball.
“My family had a business that went bankrupt during my studies, and I found myself having to put my business diploma on hold and find work in order to help out at home.”
During this time, Joseph’s best friend piqued his interest in Massage Therapy as a way to calm him during periods of stress.
“[My friend] would often teach me about anatomy to take my mind off things, and I started to take an interest in the subject […] I ended up wanting to go back to school, but this time to pursue something in the healthcare field.”
Joseph researched various healthcare programs and decided to study Massage Therapy at CCMH.
“Out of all the colleges that I had researched, I chose CCMH for its reputation as being one of the best Massage colleges in all of Canada. I attended their annual open house, and I was amazed at the level of knowledge the instructors displayed and the professional yet welcoming demeanour they carried. At that moment, I could clearly see myself as a future student at CCMH.”
Inspired, Joseph enrolled and completed the Massage Therapy program at CCMH Toronto. He is now a practicing Massage Therapist! He loves what he does for many reasons, particularly for the relief he is able to offer his clients.
“My favourite part […] is when I can feel the increased tension in a muscle melt away, followed by the sigh of relief a client makes when their pains have eased. Knowing that I can make a difference in an individual’s daily life is the most rewarding aspect of this profession.”
At CCMH, we believe that open communication between RMT and client is at the heart of good Massage. Joseph embodies this belief in his practice and takes it to another level.
“I communicate best with my clients by putting empathy and compassion first – truly putting yourself in another person’s shoes before delivering a treatment. I also focus on building strong rapport and actively involve the client in creating a treatment plan that works for them. When you encourage the client to listen to their body and relay the message to you, the results are undeniably positive.”
Joseph’s ability to connect and empathize with his clients, combined with his knowledge and skill, keeps them coming back. When we asked him for his best advice for current students and people interested in studying Massage Therapy, here’s what he had to say:
“Remember that we don’t know what we don’t know – challenge yourself to learn new things. You’ll be surprised what you’re capable of.”
We hope you take his wise words to heart. You can do this! Thanks for taking the time to speak with us, Joseph!
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