With the holiday season upon us, it is a perfect time to reflect and observe how gratitude can change our state of mind, our health, and our lives. Gratitude is essential to massage therapy. Practicing daily gratitude creates a butterfly effect which can improve your energy output and your relationship with both yourself and others. It is an important practice to implement into your daily life, especially this year. There are many things changing with how we will be able to spend the holidays, and many have endured incredible loss in the past months. We may not be able to see our loved ones, or give all the big bear hugs we normally do. Let’s not let these road bumps stop us from appreciating all that life has to be grateful for and learn from.
Speaking for myself, working as an LMT through this pandemic has given me new perspective for how healing our practice and the power of touch can be, both in and out of the treatment room. We’ve been discouraged to give handshakes, hugs, and being within 6 feet of others outside our own bubble. Being able to give massages under new regulations has been a blessing. Touch, much like other things we may have been taking for granted since before this pandemic, gave me a new appreciation for this career and the importance of being grateful for the smallest things in life. As massage therapists, we learn to use our hands to communicate with the body. We learn how to listen to the tissue and to what the body is telling us is the best way to approach each individual. In essence, human touch reminds us that we are, at our core, social animals. RE-opening after having our practices closed, and not seeing our clients, family, or friends from March- June reminded me how much of a gift that ability is.
I am grateful that this practice gives me the ability to provide a space of quiet, healing, peacefulness, and restoration for others. Practicing gratitude and thinking of this daily can also have very similar effects to that of body work, such as improved sleep, more energy, reduced burnout, lower depression, and lower levels of inflammation and general fatigue. It’s like planting a tree. You may not see results right away, but give it enough love and water, years down the road you’ll have thriving and blossoming branches. This holiday season, it is important that we try to reflect on the things in our lives that are positive and working well, rather than those that aren’t going how we’d hoped. We are all in this together!
Are you interested in going to massage school? What would your days be like? What will you learn? You have come to the right place! Read on to get a feel for life as a massage school student at BMTI.
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Nicole, and I am a BMTI graduate and licensed massage therapist. Prior to attending BMTI, I was working as an esthetician for 6 years. I wanted more options for work, to become more well rounded. It was as if something kept tapping me on the shoulder and running away before I could see what was there. Eventually I stumbled upon BMTI and massage therapy. Could that be what was tapping me on the shoulder all along? Massage is a great addition to esthetics. With more tools in my toolbox, I could help more people with their daily struggles, whether it be stress, neck pain, acne, or sciatica. And so my massage therapy journey began at the Boulder Massage Therapy Institute!
Enough about me, let’s dive into BMTI.
Massage school is a little bit like jumping on Miss Frizzle’s magic school bus and diving deep into the body. Science classes provide oodles of information in an applicable (thank goodness!) way. Hands-on classes set the stage for learning even more about the body, including how to take care of others as well as yourself. Business and ethics classes prepare you with the skills to hop right into a job seamlessly. Energy classes provide grounding and presence for holding space in your future practice. While the magic school bus of massage school is crashing and thrashing through the body, BMTI provides a safe environment with tons of support. Amazing support from faculty, administrators, mentors, and graduates. Massive amounts of learning and support equals massive amounts of growth. With so many modalities in a well rounded program, you are sure to find what speaks to you.
Think about your “why” before making the commitment. What is it about massage therapy that has been calling you? Maybe it’s the opportunity of a flexible schedule. Perhaps it’s the desire to help and nurture others. Maybe it’s a fantastic addition to a trade or skill you already possess. Unsure of what is drawing you toward massage therapy? BMTI’s programs will help provide clarity along the way.
You’ll have some long nights studying anatomy and muscle origins, insertions, and actions. You’ll read and write papers and research articles (don’t let that scare you- you CAN do it!). You’ll invest time in perfecting your full-body flow and techniques for pain management. You might even have a tiny breakdown two weeks in, like I did, and ask yourself, “Can I even do this?!” Don’t forget about work, kids, family, and daily life. You see where I’m going with this… it’s a lot. But you’ll grow… and it’s AMAZING.
As you dive into massage school, you’ll need some key tips for success:
Life as a student at BMTI is a wild, unforgettable, life-changing ride. You’ll leave this program with a new career, a wealth of knowledge, immense self-growth, and (truly) a step above the rest. No matter what your “why” may be, BMTI is the place to explore, grow, and set your stage for success. What are you waiting for?