Diary of a Massage Student

A wee bit into Quarter 3

There is this sign in the kitchen at my school that has a funny saying about chocolate not asking silly questions, and for the longest time I thought it was implying a family member or significant other being the asker. Today, after what feels like 3 grueling weeks of learning SOAP charting and health intake, I thought; IT'S THE THERAPIST! The sign is talking about me!

What would it be like to listen to my client's ailments or woahs, then respond with chocolate, and not 30 min of question asking and muscle testing?

And yet...what theraputic improvement could I make for my clients if I don't get a clear idea of what may be going on? Perhaps help them to connect the dots for themselves?

I'm getting in my own way. Cringing and worrying away from the very questions I have to ask. Doubting the asking. Doubting MYSELF and my ability to be a therapist.

I have a feeling quarter 3 is going to be owning my own (growing) professional knowledge. Claiming the space I take up in this world. Accepting the ripples in the water from my choices.

Ok. Woah. I need to go process this more. Preferably with chocolate.

Warmly, Ashlen

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Diary of a Massage Student

The End of Quarter Two

Dear Diary,
Here we are, cohort of Fall 2017, in the midst of mid winter break. Where did quarter two go?

Here is a snapshot. In words and pictures (can you match them?)
The time went into getting our hands on muscles, uncovering them and naming them, remembering their actions for tests. The time was filled with study nests for epic anatomy tests, bonding over bones, opening sheep hearts and brains and eyes to make real connections to our learning. It was filled with laughter, wonder, grief, and as many anatomy puns and jokes you could handle. (Heart and Soleus forever will stick with me. Why? Your calf muscles are considered a second heart, their movement pumping blood back to your heart.)

And possibly the most important, we spent this time opening our hearts to each other in each of our most vulnerable, worn down and doubtful learning place.

There are many stories I could tell, but I'll leave here a story of transition:

It was a class with Lisa Nelson, who if you remember was the instigator of our Therapy Thursdays back in quarter 1. When we came into class there was a beautiful red carpet from Afghanistan sitting in the middle of the room. She didn't talk about it till the end. When she did, she told the story of another hand knotted carpet from Persia.
The practice of hand knotting a 6 foot by 5 foot carpet takes months, a circle of carpet makers working together, hundreds of thousands of tiny knots. What happens if a mistake is made in the pattern? Is the knot taken out? The carpet abandoned?
No.
These carpet makers have a mentor that keeps an eye on the progress, and makes suggestions in how to adjust the patten so it fits together, it blends in. Take a closer look. Can you spot the oddity?

This is our work. From here on out, our schooling and learning isn't about studying for tests and filling in the right multiple choice bubble. It's about blending the pieces together. And the mistakes become part of the glorious whole. And we will need to find those who can be our mentors.

Outcome Based Massage! Quarter 3! Here we come! Let the messy learning happen!

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Happy Valentines Day!

It's our Quarter 2 final for MSA comprehensive, which meant knowing details of over 60 muscles. My brain is mush, but I have coffee, and I think I passed.

Have a glorious day!!
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Why Study Massage Here?

Important Considerations For Anyone Contemplating a Career in Massage

A Little Background

An Introduction

DiscoveryPoint School of Massage is a vibrant professional education community that offers residents of the greater Seattle area the best in customized massage therapy training and education. Whether you are a new or transfer student, at DiscoveryPoint, you can develop and refine the knowledge, skills, and behaviors necessary for success as a massage therapist.

All Discoverypoint instructors and staff work together to create a warm and inviting atmosphere that supports each individual in their pursuit of excellence in the practice of their chosen manual therapy. We look forward to helping you discover your path, yourself and a great career in the field of therapeutic massage and the somatic arts.

What To Expect

Your education will include course work in anatomy, physiology, pathology, massage theory and practice, communication, ethics, and business all based on current industry standards. Our commitment is to fully prepare you to attain professional licensure and thrive in your new career.

For LMPs

We also offer continuing education to support the professional development of all LMPs. Whether you are seeking a weekend CE class or a more extensive educational experience, you will find a wide variety of coursework to help you deepen and expand your current practice.

Getting Started – Choosing Massage & Your School

Choosing a massage school is an important decision, and like any other “big ticket” item you’re considering, there are some key things to look for:

  • Style and features – It is helpful to know what type of program you want when looking for a massage school. Do you want a program that offers extensive hours of training, or one that just covers the minimum state requirements? A program that offers a sound foundation in a few common techniques, or one that includes a little bit of everything?
  • Comfort –Consider the atmosphere of a school. Does it feel like a comfortable place to learn? Does it feel inviting? Institutional? Challenging? Interesting? Can you picture yourself learning there for six months to a year?
  • Service and support – When investing a sizeable amount of time and money we all want good service; to be assured there is ready support if we run into challenges. Be sure you believe a school’s faculty and staff is able to support your individual learning needs and goals. Ask some questions about their experience and methods of working with different learning styles. Check if they offer tutoring and other learning support in addition to regular classroom instruction. Consider what type of graduate services and job placement they offer.
  • Cost – We all look at the bottom line. Some of us are willing and able to pay more for an education while others just want the least expensive, or shortest program that will get them licensed. While cost of the program can be a deciding factor, it is also important to consider value.  Be sure to figure out the dollars per hour of training so that you are comparing the actual cost of any program. And remember, it is often worth spending a little more money for the right program.

When considering a school, be sure to think about your reasons for going to massage school:

  • Identify your top priorities – People have different priorities. Some of us want to be assured there is plenty of support to be successful. Others know it is important to have choices and options that provide them opportunities to direct and tailor their educational experience. Be sure you know what is most important for you. What are your interests? Your abilities? Your challenges? Remember, no one program is perfect, but one is the best fit for you.
  • Comparison shop – There are several options available. Be sure to visit the schools. Don’t shut out an option because it is a bit farther away, may cost a bit more than you think you may want to spend, or because they don’t offer financial aid. Remember, massage school is the foundation that will support your new professional life. Build a solid foundation.
  • Ask for the opinion of others – The perspectives of others can be really helpful. Seek out licensed massage professionals and ask their opinion. Ask your family and friends, the people who know you best. They can often offer insights you may not have considered, and be objective in ways you can’t.
  • Take a test drive – Real life personal experience cannot be underestimated. Take an introductory course like Discoverypoint’s Novice class to get a feel for the style of the school. And, for any licensing program you are considering, ask to sit in on a class or two.

Our Graduates Say It Best…