Registered Massage Therapist (Episode 77)

Registered Massage Therapist (Episode 77)

December 11, 2019 0 By Kailee Schamberger


♪♪ Whether you suffer from a sports injury, have a medical condition or just
need a little bit of stress relief, spending an hour with our next guest will have you feeling good as new. Let’s talk to a massage therapist. ♪♪ Hi! Are you Ashley? I am. You must be Brian. I am. Nice to meet you,

Nice to meet you. Welcome to Kamloops. Thanks for having me. Yeah, I’ll show you around.

Great! Perfect. I’m Ashley Leighton and I’m a registered
massage therapist in Kamloops, B.C. A massage therapist is someone
that works with your hands, massaging and manipulating, um,
the body to relieve pain and discomforts. But this is where you start every one of your days? That’s right, Brian.
This is my space. This is my office.
I check emails here. I work on the computer. I book clients here. And then I’ll spend 90% of my time in my clinic space, over there in my office. Usually an injury would be the main concern,
where someone comes. And they come in to increase
range of motion, decrease pain. And then when you’re finished, you’ll go through and give
them home care exercises, whether it’s stretching, things to do. Having good listening skills. Interpreting what the client is saying, sometimes. And then also being able to explain to people what’s going on with their bodies. So out of an hour, probably
fifty minutes out of the hour that I would be in the room— Wow. —massaging. And then, typically,
throughout the rest of your day, I mean, coming and going of clients… Maybe a little bit of marketing, as well. So, fixing up the website, uh, talking to people. I became an RMT because I grew up playing a lot of contact sports and had a lot of injuries and my parents introduced me
to a chiropractor, physio and massage. So, I was introduced to it at
a young age and really enjoyed it. It’s required to go for a two-day weekend workshop at one of the schools that you’re applying for to see if it fits to what you want to do. It’s now a two-year program. You have to go on to do a board exam
and then you get your certification. And then after that, every two years you have to do, um, continuing education credits, which usually works out to about one to two weekends of your time, every two years. You can open up your own practice
and work on your own. You can work alongside other massage therapists. You could work in a multidisciplinary clinic, where you have a chiropractor,
physio, acupuncturist, even doctors. Being in registered massage therapy,
once you graduate, it is a good foundation to go back to school. And there is a health science degree
program that you can ladder into at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, so it gives you two years credit
towards the bachelor’s degree. The typical hours in your work week can vary,
depending on what clinic you’re in. Um, I’m self-employed, so I set my
own hours, um, and it varies, Sometimes I start at seven. And sometimes I’m done at seven at night. You need some clerical skills
if you don’t have a receptionist. So, you’re going to be answering phones, returning emails, designing a website,
designing business cards. So, this is different in that kind of massage that a friend would give you at home. It’s a whole other ballgame. Yes. We know the muscles inside and out, where they attach, where they go, what they do and you get to be point specific. Um, you get to learn a whole bunch different strokes, It’s going to feel different on the table. If you’re looking to get into
registered massage therapists, I would say go talk to a
registered massage therapist, ask them questions,
send them an email, and you can also phone a college
and do the two-day workshop, and that will give you a really good understanding of what’s going to go on for school. The most rewarding aspects of this career is the fact that you get to be a part of someone’s health:
the recovery. Recoup them, get back into either the sport they love or back to the job that, um, they’re doing. Once again, I’m Brian from Career Trek, reminding you that this career could be yours. See you next time. ♪♪