TLDR: I’m resurrecting an old dream and adding a new modality to my practice! With deep joy and gratitude, I would like to share that I am officially in the MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy Class of 2021. I start in 2 days!
Not long after I started my Reiki business in 2015, I found myself craving a deeper way of working with my clients.
I missed the clinical aspect of Nursing: the dance of logic and intuition; the interventions rooted in evidence-based practice; and really, just getting my hands “dirty”, so to speak (definitely just a figure of speech mmkay!).
Being a lifelong massage junkie (I consider massage to be an integral part of my workout routine), I started to consider this deeply healing practice. There were so many things about massage therapy that reminded me of my nursing days, except it resonated with me on a much deeper, soul level – maybe it was the spa atmosphere? The emphasis on wellness and prevention? THE ENTREPRENEURIALISM OF IT ALL? Who knows?
In 2016, I applied to massage school and made plans to attend in January 2017. However, it was not to be. 2016 was the year that my sons and I moved out of our home and started a new life. I lost my enthusiasm for anything that wasn’t directly related to our survival, and massage school was one of many things that got tossed into the recesses of my mind.
I put all of my energy into developing more energy healing programs into my school, which kept me very busy. I had – and still have – so much to say about energy, the luminous body, and healing what cannot be seen. I had to get it out there, and I’m so grateful that I gave myself the space to do that.
Energy healing will always be the core of what I do, and I would never have known that if I hadn’t allowed myself to ignore everything else and dive deep into it.
Biz tip: NICHING and LASER FOCUSING your attention on one thing is INTEGRAL to growth. Once you’ve established your baseline offerings, it’s a lot easier to branch out.
Then, in 2017 I did my aromatherapy training. I learned that one of the best and most effective ways for clients to receive the benefits of essential oils is through massage. This year, I began my Clinical Aromatherapy training, and suffice it to say, it is now very clear to me that massage has to be part of my business and my practice!
So it has been spoken, and so it shall be done.
I decided to keep my plans to pursue massage therapy a secret, and shared it only in private conversations with a few choice people. The secrecy was necessary for me to create sacred space around my new pursuit, so that I could plan my future (and that of my family’s) without any unnecessary external noise. I highly recommend this practice.
In short, I reapplied in the Spring, successfully challenged the A&P exam in the Summer, and will be starting school this Fall! Obviously, it’s no longer a secret, it is in fact an amazing announcement that I am so excited to share! On that note, people have questions, naturally. Here are my answers to the ones I get most often.
Will you stop teaching?
No! I don’t have that luxury, ha! But seriously, business will continue as usual, for both The Sacred Wellness School of Healing Arts and my Zumba classes. Expect more online offerings and new aromatherapy workshops at different locations.
How are you able to do all of this?
MH Vicars offers blended learning, which means I only have to be on campus 1 day a week, and do the rest of my coursework from home. Otherwise, I wouldn’t do it, and that’s the truth.
No, how are you able to afford all of this? Isn’t massage school expensive?
Yes, it is. I’m able to do this through a combination of student loans and government grants.
What made you decide to go to massage school?
Read this post from the beginning 🙂
The Life I Choose
I’m working to eliminate the word “busy” from my everyday vernacular. I’m choosing to replace it with more empowering words, such as “productive” and “full”. As in, I live a very full life.
Going back to school, whether or not you’re an adult or parent or entrepreneur or all of the above, doesn’t have to be a negative, stressful experience. It certainly can be, if that’s what you want. But, I believe that it can be beautiful (albeit messy at times), transformative, and delicious.
That’s what I’m choosing.
And you, dear reader, what have you chosen for yourself?
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