I’ve been a licensed massage therapist for less than a year. Pre-natal, hot stone, deep tissue, sports, and Swedish massage as well as hydrotherapy are some of the modalities in which I am trained. My favorite type to give is a therapeutic massage. A therapeutic massage is a massage that works the problem areas while still allowing for relaxation.
Massage has always been a passion of mine. When I was five I was to walk on peoples back for quarters. Sometimes I would even give them a hand rub. Through high school it was mostly the same. Friends and family members came to me for neck rubs and scalp massages. However, I never thought about it as an occupation. It wasn’t until near the end of my first semester of college that I considered massage a viable career option. There was a kiosk at a career fair a friend brought me to. I saw the sign and something just clicked. Two years later I was enrolled in classes at USMA.
I am not a health freak. Working at the Springfield Wellness center as made me more health conscious– now I only take a slice of cake instead of eating the whole thing. This center has opened my mind to a whole new way of living, I’ve found I have more energy and sleep better too. Despite my slight change in activities, I still enjoy watching an absurd amount of movies, reading an absurd amount of books, and naps. Something I’ve always loved doing is meditating– it helps my keep a sound mind and not go overly crazy in the fast paced world we live in. I’m an easy going person with simple needs.
I attended USCA in 2012 and have had my LMT license for over three years. I became an LMT because of my fascination with muscles and how they affect the body’s performance. I am a current business major at UIS with a minor in pre-med. Upon graduation I intend to continue my education in the field of Physical Therapy.
There is nothing more important than the health of one’s own body. I truly believe that massage is essential for our bodies – the same way most feel about eating right, exercise and drinking plenty of water. Without massage we truly are not tapping into the body’s full potential. I strive to be an example of health for those around me and enjoy helping others reach their wellness goals.
After I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Business, I found a position in the business sector. It did not take long for me to realize that I was not passionate about the position I was in. I realized that I wanted to work in an industry that helps others live better, healthier lives. During my search, I kept coming across massage therapy. I have had massages before and enjoyed them, but had no idea how beneficial it really was. I now know that it is truly a great method of therapy that can help improve the body, mind, and spirit.
I received my massage license in the fall of 2015 at the Midwest Technical Institute and could not be happier as an LMT. Every day I know that I am a part of helping people improve their lives. As a massage therapist, I now have better focus on becoming a healthier individual.