Why I Became A Massage Therapist
by Cathy Oliver LMP
I first became interested in massage therapy 10 years ago. I was living alone for the first time, and wasn’t having much contact with anyone outside of my job. I began to suffer from depression and headaches. It was suggested that I see a massage therapist for my headaches, since they had become debilitating. My first session completely floored me. As soon as the therapist put her hands on me, I felt a sense of relief and well-being that I hadn’t felt in months. As I continued treatment, the headaches subsided and the depression began to lift.
Some months later I found myself at a crossroads with my job. I didn’t want to continue what I was doing, but I didn’t know what else I wanted to do. My family suggested I look into massage therapy as a profession, as they felt I had always had a kind touch. I researched the schools in my area (Kalamazoo, MI), and during the introductory night at The Kalamazoo Center for the Healing Arts, I decided that I wanted to be a massage therapist and that I wanted to train there.
My 21 months at KCHA were enlightening. I learned so much about massage, and even more about myself. During this time I decided I wanted to leave Michigan. I finished my training at KCHA and then decided to come to Seattle. Making this move would mean that I would have to return to school in Washington, but I felt that being a massage therapist in a city I loved was worth the extra time and money to return to school.
Once getting settled in Seattle, I found The Northwest Academy for the Healing Arts. This school focused almost exclusively on treatment massage, where KCHA focused on relaxation massage and, most importantly, taking care of yourself as a practitioner. My time at NWA was well spent, and I feel I learned a lot that I didn’t get at KCHA. I feel that I am a more informed, thoroughly trained therapist and that my clients can benefit from my dual training.
I feel that becoming a massage therapist was worth every choice I made and all the time I put into it. This is my dream career, and I look forward to being the best therapist I can be.
Cathy Oliver LMP