Margaret Alfieri: You can practice massage in a multitude of settings! A therapist can work from a spa, with a chiropractor, in a physical therapy office, or rent your own space, being your own boss. The possibilities are endless with your knowledge and skills in bodywork in addition to your understanding of ethics, basic business practices, and clear communication. You can create a work environment that is tailored not only to your needs, but to your strengths.
Margaret Alfieri: One of my favorite inspirational quotes is by Ghandi: “Be the change you want to see in the world.” I practice and incorporate massage and self-care into my lifestyle. Massage Therapy is a DO SOMETHING FOR YOUR OWN GOOD type of practice. Both giving and receiving massage allows you to commit to a certain level of involvement in your well-being. That commitment, even when all you can do is just show up for your session, means you are taking control of your mental, emotional, and physical health. Changing your lifestyle is difficult, but the opportunity to do good for your mind and body presents itself with every moment on the table, or with a client. Be the Change that moves you forward!
Sydney J. Harris says “Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better”. This can speak to the difference in alternative verses conventional medicine. Sometimes taking the conventional approach means taking pills that may mask the underlying cause but gives temporary relief. If one takes an alternative medicine approach towards dealing with pain or disease that requires looking at and confronting the root cause of the issue. Proactive lifestyle changes in diet, exercise and self-care like massage and yoga may be the necessary paths to recovery. The obvious benefits include long-term relief and potential elimination of the problem all together.