At CCMH we couldn’t be more proud of our graduates and we enjoy being able to catch up with them to see how they are excelling in their careers as Massage Therapists. We were recently able to connect with Alexandra Denvir two years after she completed the program at CCMH.
Alexandra has been extremely busy since leaving CCMH. She worked in multidisciplinary clinics in Mississauga for a few months right after graduation, but soon received a job offer for one of the Top 25 Spas in Canada, Achieve Wellness in Fort McMurray, Alberta. She immediately packed her car and moved to Northern Alberta (and its -30 ℃ winters!) where she has been employed at the spa for the past two years. “I absolutely love it!”
Alexandra has also opened up her own home clinic called La Petite Maison which allows her to be flexible around her shift work.
Additionally, she has been able to expand her knowledge base and service menu with CEU’s earned all over Canada and the world. She has studied Table Thai Massage in Montreal, mindful meditation in Edmonton, Indian Head Massage in Toronto, and Thai Massage in Northern Thailand. She is also in the process of completing her yoga teacher-training program to complement her massage therapy practice.
Flexibility to travel was a priority for Alexandra and the freedom of being an RMT is initially what drew her to this career. Now that she has established herself as a Massage Therapist she sees that the freedom to travel as just one perk among many.
“You are essentially your own boss and the sky’s the limit in terms of success,” she says.
Thinking back on her time at CCMH, Alexandra remembers early morning coffees with her classmates fondly. “I would usually put on a big pot of coffee in the lunchroom for whoever was interested and we would have a few quiet minutes before class began reviewing notes and waking ourselves up,” she said. She describes her and her classmates as “utterly exhausted but equally enthusiastic about the content of the new day.”
She credits coffee and her seating partner Angelica with helping her through the program. “I think you should sit beside someone who is on the same page as you in terms of career aspiration and motivation.”
When asked if she would recommend CCMH to other aspiring Massage Therapists, her answer is a definite yes.
“In my opinion, CCMH is one of the top schools to receive your Massage Therapy Education. The teachers, facilities, content, and curriculum is superior. I have worked with RMT’s from all over Canada and I can say they offer the most comprehensive and well-rounded program.”
For students currently in the program, Alexandra has three pieces of advice. First, “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.”
Secondly, she says, “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.
And finally, “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.”
Interested in pursuing a career as a Massage Therapist? A new semester starts in January and it’s easier than you think! Learn about our other students who found their path at CCMH by checking out our blog.