I have been working as a Registered Massage Therapist since I graduated in 1997 from the Massage Therapy College of Manitoba. But my journey to become a massage therapist did not start with the application to the school. It started forming many years before that. Around age 9, I already knew that I wanted to help people with my hands. Massage therapy was not as trendy in the late 70's as it is now, so I thought maybe physiotherapy was my calling.
By grade 7 I had a lunchtime following paying me ten cents a minute to rub sore shoulders or even feet after intense floor hockey games. The year after high school I was on a trip and gave an older lady a shoulder rub after a long bus ride. She pronounced that I had "a gift" and that she had had massages from around the world and that that one was one of the best. I held that affirmation close for several years. I looked into massage schools from east to west until I found one that had recently opened in Winnipeg and applied.
It was in my first year that one of my instructors said, "Take time to be with the tissues under your hands. Sometimes that's all it takes to make a change." That was an aha moment for me. I do not consider myself a deep tissue worker or called to "go deep." But I feel and know that the work I do, which can be very gentle, at times goes very deep and makes profound changes. My work is slow and invites deep relaxation that allows the nervous system to calm down, inviting the muscles to do the same. I have taken many continuing education courses over the last 20 years, each adding to my toolbox to help facilitate health and ease in my clients.