Massage Therapist

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  1. Hi Katelyn,

    I was just so happy to read your comment. It’s been really helpful. I’ve been really thinking about my strengths as a person and I feel like this is a great path for me to take even if it means abandoning the intellectual path I’m currently on. I would love to help other people heal too. Could you tell me more about the cons of being a massage therapist though? I have the same sentiments as you except that I’m not so sure how much my body would permit me to do this in the long run. I’m worried about injuries and getting too tired physically after a while.

    Thank you!!

    Best,
    P

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  2. I am an INFP massage therapist who truly loves her job.

    I had searched for a long time looking for the ideal career. University was a wonderful experiences where I imbibed four years of English and Theatre and ran between poetry reads and rehearsals.

    After four years, I ventured into the theatre world deciding it would be easier to act than to write for a living. I traveled to one of the big cities to try my way, picking up odd jobs and going to audition after audition, succeeding in some and not in others. I worked my hand at behind the stage and on it, and I found it extremely draining. As a person of ideals, acting is not the easiest of trades. You can find yourself wandering from the highest of highs when everything goes perfectly to the lowest of lows when your hopes are dashed on another’s ego. It was much too volatile as a career option for my psyche, so I searched for another trade.

    I have always loved working with people and physically healing them. I’ve been the resident “massage therapist” for every production I have ever worked on. Many asked me if I would pursue it as a career, but I had thought it a whim at best. Now, however, with a void to fill, I shrugged my shoulders and decided to try it out and keep my acting trade with the flexible schedules usually provided with this profession.

    School might have been one of the most eye-opening experiences. I was surrounded by wonderful and nurturing people who were much like me, wanting to heal the world the best way they knew how. It was gratifying to know there can be healing without chemicals and prescriptions. I could not wait to start my trade.

    There is something deeply satisfying about massage therapy. It is a very personal and reflective activity that takes much intuition and embedded knowledge. It allows me to take all my yearning to learn more and use it in the most intuitive manner possible when at the table. All of the biology and anatomy charts and the rigorous physiology and pathology studying hones into one specific touch, one moment where I must decide whether to use one technique or another, what my client will respond to best considering what they’ve told me and the body language they give me. It is challenging and physically active without being strenuous. It forces me to focus my time and energy on someone completely outside of myself.

    Many times I find myself listening to the lives of others. When on the table, clients will suddenly spill forth with their life stories or their most recent fears and regrets. As a massage therapist, I am honored to listen to their lives and give them the safe space they need to share these thoughts. Some days I wonder if I will further my studies into the psychological realm and become a therapist of the mind as well as the body.

    Healing is a wonderful thing. If you are interested in healing others in a very open and immediate way, massage therapy is a wonderful route to travel. The immediate affects are gratifying, and it is wonderful to end a session with a smile leaving the client happier and healthier than when they walked through the door.

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