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A few years ago, I very nearly lost my job.
I had begun to think that I had a charmed career. Despite a number of rounds of redundancies going on around me over the years, none of them had actually come close to me. This time, though, it got very close.
I was 49, and therefore not likely to be readily re-employed by any organisation looking for new talent. What’s more, as a senior assurance manager in London specialising in engineering project management, I’d be job-searching in a pretty narrow area.
It felt right to start thinking about what else I might do with my life, come the time when I involuntarily (or voluntarily) left my current employer.
I’ve never been one for hobbies and sports, so there was nothing to build on there. However, I had since childhood been interested in how the human body worked. It fascinated me. Indeed, I would have pursued medicine as a career had physics not fascinated me even more. Lately, for several reasons, not least a greater appreciation of my own state of health and wellbeing that comes with hitting middle age, that interest in the amazing human body had started to be rekindled.
I have a scientific mind but had come to the view that conventional drug-based medicine was not the be-all-and-end-all of maintaining good health. Equally important are how we live day to day. There are the obvious things like diet and exercise, but also our attitudes and behaviours have a profound effect on our wellbeing. The ability to relax, accept ourselves for what we are, and be cheerful and optimistic, can help keep us healthy. I didn’t know much about complementary medicine (and felt some scepticism about it) but what I didn’t realise at the time was that I was actually being drawn towards it.
I had experienced several massages in my adult life, and enjoyed the sensation. The ability of massage therapy to draw together scientific knowledge of workings of the body, to promote mental and emotional wellbeing from physical touch, and to assist in recovery from physical ailments, strongly appealed to me. So, with only a very vague idea of where it may lead me, I decided to try out learning to massage.
I was not at all sure that I would take to this new activity, it being so different to anything I had done before. How would I feel about touching complete strangers? Would I be able to learn something so completely new to me? How would people react to me? (My perception – not wholly an inaccurate one – was that massage therapy is predominantly a female domain.) But there was only one way in which I was going to find out.
A bit of internet research threw up the London College of Massage as a place to learn. I began with the Beginners Introductory Weekend Course in January 2013, learning from scratch a seated massage and a massage routine for back of legs, back, neck & face. I loved it, and immediately decided to enrol on the Beginners Follow Up Weekends course, which took place in the Spring of 2013.
I was well-and-truly hooked by now, and decided that a change in career to massage therapist would be just right for me. So, I resolved to take on the full suite of Practitioner training, starting that winter, and finally finishing in February of this year. The training is demanding but very enjoyable, and leaves you fully confident to start practising professionally. The trainers were excellent, and I had the nicest three fellow trainees I could have hoped for.
I am now set to gradually make that career change. It will take a few years to do that – one doesn’t build a massage therapy business overnight! – but I feel that I’ve made a brilliant start. I operate a mobile service from my home in Pulborough in West Sussex, and work on Tuesdays at the LCM Clinic.
My aim is combine general massage therapy with specialism in anxiety-related conditions such as eating disorders, ME, fibromyalgia, and self-harming, for which I believe massage can provide significant benefit.
|What I Am Looking For (eg Collaboration, Training, Meet other Therapists...)||
Relaxing therapeutic massage
Deep tissue massage
Massage for chronic pain
Massage for anxiety
Massage for fibromyalgia
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|Qualifications/Experience/Professional Bodies etc||
Practitioner Diploma – London College of Massage
Practitioner Diploma: Pregnancy Massage – Gateway
Advance Clinical Massage Certificate: Low Back Pain – Jing
Practitioner Diploma: Thai Full Body Massage Level 1 – Gateway