Why I became a Massage Therapist: Pt. 1
Updated: Oct 31, 2019
Lots of people ask how I became interested in becoming a massage therapist. Here's part 1 of my journey.
My journey to become a licensed massage therapist has been a long and winding path with countless detours.
Vanity aside, I thought the age of 24 was too young to begin wearing orthopedic shoes if the cause of the problem could be addressed rather than the symptom.
My interest in health care began in high school when my sights were set on becoming a physical therapist. Things went differently from what I planned, as they often do and I ended up earning a degree in technical theatre. This began a career in audio engineering and sound design that would span two decades. It was a far cry from health care.
During the early days of my audio career I began having #chronicpain in my right shoulder and in both my feet. I tried #stretching, #yoga, #ice, #heat. Nothing seemed to help. So finally I visited my GP and was referred to an orthopedist. My goal was to find out the #causeofthepain and fix whatever was causing it. Long story short, the orthopedist was uninterested in finding the cause and prescribed anti-inflamatory and pain meds and gave me a referral for orthopedic shoes. I left the doctor's office feeling frustrated and defeated. From previous experience I knew anti-inflamatories left me feeling nauseous and pain meds often knocked me out. Vanity aside, I thought the age of 24 was too young to begin wearing orthopedic shoes if the #cause of the problem could be addressed rather than the #symptom. My goal was to be as whole and well as possible and use the minimal amount of meds.
I had always thought massage was a pure luxury, reserved for people more time and money that me.
Wanting to avoid the side effects of being on meds, I began asking around for recommendations for alternative therapies. Massage kept coming up again and again. I was hesitant to try massage as I had always thought massage was a pure luxury, reserved for people more time and money that me. But the pain wasn't improving so I found a therapist and called to discuss my situation.
It was the best possible first experience with #massagetherapy. She explained it was out of her scope of practice to diagnose, but she could attempt to relieve the pain with soft tissue manipulation and that it would most likely take several sessions. She advised that often pain is caused by the body being unable to move freely. Limited motion can be caused by a variety of different things, among them #tightmuscles, #facialadhesions, and many other things. I had a ton of questions as we moved along and she patiently answered all of them.
Over the course of 8 weeks my therapist worked with me and the pain was completely eliminated. This isn't always the case, but in this instance it worked. Once again able to move uninhibited and pain free I became curious about what doctors weren't saying, namely how we can address the root cause of a dysfunction rather than the symptoms.
It would take a number of years before I made the leap to return to school to study massage therapy as a profession. Having an experience on the table planted the seed.