Massage: An exchange of wisdom, compassion, healing and much more.
“The healing arts that take place here are about the acknowledgement and respect of each individual’s complete and unique self. I find that absolutely inspiring!”
(by Leslie Byrd, Student Massage Therapist, CHAI School of Massage )
As this 2nd quarter of massage therapy training draws to an end, I am as nervous as I am excited! Soon our day class at Cohutta Healing Arts will be providing Student Clinic massage appointments.
Training to become a massage therapist is something I have wanted to do for a very long time, but for various reasons, I didn’t think I could. I even became discouraged that this was something I would never be able to do. As a student massage therapist, day by day, I am seeing that I am doing it. I am already halfway through my training classes! There is so much I am learning. I am finding out how to turn some of my weaknesses into strengths, and I believe I will do even more of that as time passes and I gain more confidence and experience.
I have every belief that what I am learning in massage therapy school will carry over into other aspects of life and help me with other goals too. I have friends and family who are supporting me, as well as instructors within the school who believe in me. Not only that, I am helping others at the same time! It is all connected! As I learn from instructors, they are becoming better instructors. As I interact with the rest of my class and the other classes, we are learning from each other and gaining skills, confidence, knowledge and friendships together. As we help others through massage therapy, we are ourselves benefitting in so many ways. There is an exchange of wisdom, compassion, healing and much more.
Although training for a new career in massage therapy can feel overwhelming, exhausting and stressful, it is already incredibly rewarding. I can only imagine how much more so it will be as we all begin to impact more and more lives, and as others impact our lives, too. I can’t express enough gratitude to everyone who has supported me in some way along this journey of becoming a massage therapist.
As our class prepares to see the evening students graduate on March 16, and as we prepare to soon be in their place, we realize just how quickly this year of learning and growing will pass. How quickly we will be out there, sharing all we have learned as we apply it to new careers and life situations. What I have come to love so much about Cohutta Healing Arts Institute and the people I have met here is… the healing that is taught and that takes place is not just about the nature of touch and massage; it can often go much further than that. If you’re open to it, and sometimes without even realizing it, you find healing for mind and spirit as well as body.
The healing arts that take place here are about the acknowledgement and respect of each individual’s complete and unique self. I find that absolutely inspiring!
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Students at Cohutta Healing Arts are encouraged to express their thoughts about their journey toward a new career as a massage therapist. We appreciate Leslie Byrd for contributing to the CHAI Massage Blog.