At CCMH we love to catch up with our former students and see how they are thriving in their new careers as Registered Massage Therapists. Shiwen Huang graduated from our Toronto campus and now works part-time as a Massage Therapist while simultaneously pursuing her undergraduate degree.
Hi Shiwen, thank you for chatting with us! What inspired you to become a RMT?
My passion for human anatomy and physiology, my desire for a profession, and most importantly my goal of healing people in a natural way inspired me to study massage therapy and become an RMT.
What are you doing now that you’ve graduated?
Right now, I am a part-time RMT and a full-time undergraduate student. Most of my university courses are online, which gives me a lot of flexibility and time to work as an RMT.
I am working at two different clinics in Durham region. One is a multidisciplinary clinic that combines physiotherapy, chiropody, acupuncture, and massage therapy to relieve patients’ pain and symptoms.
I am treating patients with various conditions and symptoms. This challenges my critical thinking skills and encourages me to continue learning new things. The patients also trust me as a professional, which keeps me positive.
What was your favourite part of CCMH?
My favourite part of CCMH is the feeling of all the students moving forward together and helping each other as a whole. The students and staff were welcoming, hospitable, and had the nicest souls.
I came to Canada in 2016 and had just graduated from high school when I started at CCMH. I was unfamiliar with the country, the culture, and the language. I was also the shiest and youngest person in my class. The students would share their notes with me, correct my grammar mistakes in my work, and sometimes teach me English words. Thanks to their help, I saw dramatic progress in my marks in the last two terms.
If you could do the program over again, what would you do differently?
If I could do the program over again, I would volunteer myself for more student clinics. When I got into the real world of practising Massage Therapy, I realized that the most useful knowledge and techniques came from my experiences doing student clinics at CCMH.
What tips and advice would you offer future or current CCMH students?
The most helpful tip I can give is to read the lecture notes carefully. Highlight the details instead of highlighting everything. The second tip is to practice your OPs with real people in a limited time. Focus on the basics and quality.
For future students: Don’t hesitate to pursue your dream career!
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