Good morning, everyone! I am working on getting used to doing all the things I need to do in order to run my business. Blogging is new to me, but I think I am getting a little better.
I thought I would use this entry to let you get to know me. I know I have been working with many of you for years, and many of you know my "story". But for those that do not, here it is.
People often ask me how I got into massage therapy. That is a question that is not so easy to answer. I grew up in a very small community in north central Arkansas, Farifield Bay (on Greer's Ferry Lake). Massage was pretty much unheard of. I do remember when I was in late high school and in college, there was one massage therapist that lived in FFB, but I think she was pretty much retired. So, massage therapy as a career choice never entered my mind after I graduated from Shirley High School in 1986.
I chose to go to Lyon College in Batesville, where I decided to major in mathematics. I don't know why I chose math. I was a good student and liked lots of subjects, but I consider myself lazy too. I didn't want to spend lots of time in a science lab and I didn't want to spend lots of time doing research for papers (no internet yet, so it was all card catalogs). I figured if I did math, all I really had to work on was homework. See, lazy. I also didn't think I wanted grad school, so I went the Bachelor of Arts route and got my education hours so I could teach high school. And so I was on my way as a secondary math teacher!
In 1990 I took the only job I could find as a math teacher- at my old high school as the JUNIOR HIGH math teacher. But it was a start! And it was awful--at least for me. I was also given the job of Jr. class sponsor and, therefore, prom coordinator. It was a hard first year but I made it and believed the second would be better. Except it wasn't. And this year I followed my jr class to their senior year. This meant planning all the senior trips and graduation. By the end of year 2, I was completely burned out. IF ONLY I had known about massage therapy in those days!
So, I quit the career I had spent 4 years of my life and lots of money to prepare for, and began to work in a local bank. I did this for a couple of years, then took a year to do some youth ministry around the country with a group called NET. This was probably the best year of my life, and it helped me learn more about myself than I ever imagined. When I returned home, I decided to move out of Arkansas and to Alexandrdia, Louisiana, where I had made several friends. I tried to teach (one more time) unsuccessfully, so I worked in a bank there until I returned to Arkansas in 1997 when my mother was diagnosed with lung cancer.
I landed in Little Rock, took a job at Pulaski Bank (now Iberia) and settled in. One day, as I was getting coin out of my vault at my teller window, my back did a BAD thing and I couldn't stand back up without lots of pain. There was a massage therapist down the sidewalk, so I got a 30 minute massage. The next day I felt so awesome! Over the next few years, I had 3 or 4 massages and loved them. I felt so good and balanced afterwards. I began to consider massage as a career, but had no idea how to go about it.
Then I found a school in the area, visited, loved it, and the rest is history. I graduated massage school in 2000 and have been going ever since. I have worked in a variety of different environments, met awesome people, taught (yes, it turns out I AM a good teacher), and now I am learning to own and run my own business. Life is good and exciting and keeps getting better!
So, I guess when I am asked how I got into massage therapy, I look bak on my life and just feel I was led. The experiences I have had have all contributed to the therapist I am.
Y'all have a great day!