Celebrating Ten YearsThis July I celebrate my 10 year anniversary as a Registered Massage Therapist. I remember 12 years ago when I made the decision to go to the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in Cambridge, I had never even had a massage before starting classes! But I knew this: I enjoyed working one on one with people, massage therapy was the type of career I could take anywhere and I loved the natural health industry.
Ten years ago, I had just moved to the Tri-cities after living in a small town my whole life where alternative healthcare was for hippies and the open-minded elderly. I knew moving to KW was exactly where I wanted to launch my epic massage therapy business and I was eager to be employed, as any college graduate is! All the anatomy lessons and treatment case studies were still fresh in my mind and I barely knew anything about how to run a successful business. But I was ready to make my mark on the natural health industry as a Registered Massage Therapist.
I started out when appointments were written in pencil in a book when messages were taken by a landline phone with a receptionist. I started out before HST was tacked onto our invoices when POS systems were giant expensive machines so cash and cheque were the payment norms. I started out when business cards were printed from a small printing company with a binder-full of designs to choose from and when promotions were advertised by flyer hand-outs. I started out when a Yellowpage listing, a stationary massage table and a fair rent were all an RMT needed to get started. Nearly all these things have changed over the last 10 years!
Today I am less worried about being the right fit for every single client who visits me, instead, I encourage my clients to find the right practitioner that fits their needs. I don’t know the exact number of clients that I’ve treated over the years, but one thing I’ve come to understand and appreciate is that no matter where a person is in life, whether it be wealthy or poor, young or old, fit or out of shape, employed or unemployed, injured, sick or healthy, every one of them has come to massage therapy for some sort of healing, I am honoured and privileged to be a part of that journey.
I feel blessed to have the career that I have had over the last 10 years, and I am so grateful for all who have helped me reach where I am today. I am looking forward to another 10 years of growth, both professionally and personally!