A little about myself
As a young child I was drawn to massage therapy. It has been my dream since I was in Kindergarden. While other children
played "House" or "Cowboys and Indians" I was playing "Massage Spa". Tucked away under slab stone tables my two "employees" and I would exchange 5 minute back and arm massages for 5 wood chips to a line of eager children every day at recess. I became known by everyone, including teachers, as Emily the Masseuse. In my teen years, when I pursued an acting career, I was found backstage giving massages to the performers before their cue. Massage has always been apart of my life.
One day I found an informational packet from a massage school in my file cabinet. Although I had no idea how it got there, I went to their Open House and the teachers and curriculum really spoke to me. I enrolled and studied my hardest to complete the courses. I put my life on hold to dedicate myself to school.
You would be surprised how much you need to know as a massage therapist; all the bones, all the muscles and all the systems of the human body, how those systems work, ethics and business practices, HIPAA laws, how to take clinical notes (SOAP format), and then the actual massage techniques and corresponding body mechanics. I learned that if you are not properly trained or if someone has specific ailments, you can really injure yourself, or worse someone else.
All of my training and education made it possible to go out into the world and begin working. My first job was a small spa in Santa Clarita. The owner's ethics and practices were questionable, but I conducted my business to the best of my ability. I worked over 5 days a week from open to close. I worked mostly alone, since the other contractors didn't want to run a shop by themselves. I learned a lot about management during this time. I cleaned, booked appointments, did massages, opened, closed, filed paperwork, tried my hand at marketing, did the laundry, and fed the fish (yes fish in a spa). After a little over a year of working there full time (as an independent contractor) our facility was shut down due to my employer not paying rent.
It was upsetting and frustrating (mostly because I never got paid for all those hours) but turned out to be a blessing in disguise. That poorly managed spa had laid the foundation for me to open and run my own Wellness Center.
The Lobby to my first Wellness Spa– OM...Healing Bodywork.