By Terrie Yardley-Nohr
As I sit at my desk at work for the last time, it is a great time to reflect on what an adventure my career has been. It was over 31 years ago that I graduated from Kaleidoscope School of Massage. So much has happened since then. I have been blessed with so many mentors such as Donna Zieger (owner of Kaleidoscope), the late Diana Gordon and Cherie Sohnen-Moe. All are incredible individuals in the massage community. I guess that I looked at my career as an adventure, something new with a lot to do. The massage community was just getting started in Missouri and I was pleased to work with a team of people (Estaban Ruvulcaba, Jennifer Peters and Juliet Mee) on the legislation for the state. Being involved with the AMTA at the chapter level enabled me to meet so many wonderful therapists that were dedicated to moving our profession forward. As I moved on to the National level of the AMTA, a whole new world opened up to me. Meeting so many wonderful therapists and educators helped educate me about the massage community and provide mentorship for me in the field.
During my career, I quickly realized that I could never do any of this alone. There is always a team of people involved. From the state and national chapters of the AMTA, to the schools such as Missouri College, Anthem and The Healing Arts Center, there is always a team of people there to help. I thank each and every one that has been there helping and supporting along the way.
I am not totally fading into the sunset with retirement. I was recently offered an opportunity to write for a national magazine and there are several other projects in the works. Feel free to friend me on Facebook to see future adventures. I am looking forward to some travel time in the RV with the animals and friends. And I am still serving on the Board of the Alliance of Massage Educators (AFMTE) for several years to come. What a great group of dedicated people.
To the students that I have had the privilege of teaching, Thank you. I always learned from you and that helped to write a book and to help future students in their careers. A student recently asked me what advice I would offer to a new therapist. My advice would be to remember that every therapist makes an impression on the public about our profession. We hope that it will be a positive impression of nurturing, kindness, patience, integrity and ethical behavior. Those that came before us paved the way for a career that can be rewarding, fulfilling and wonderful. Now you can carry on and pave the way for those that will follow you. Take care of you and show the clients what a wonderful therapist you can be and above all else – stay ethical!!!
In peace - Terrie
The Healing Arts Center bids a fond and loving farewell to Rocela Ginther as she becomes the Assistant Director of MBA Recruitment at the Olin School of Business at Washington University.
Over the past three years, no one has entered the student body at The Healing Arts Center without the help and encouragement of Rocela Ginther. Not only has she been part of a management team that has increased enrollment at HAC by nearly 31% since 2014, she has greeted prospective students with openness and ease, allowing them to find an educational path that fits them. The Healing Arts Center does not "sell" its education. Because its unique and highly transformative program requires students to be ready and willing to learn and change, it is important that students find and choose HAC rather than the other way around. The school has a long standing policy of refraining from talking prospective students into enrollment. Rocela is well known among our students for giving them the space and the encouragement that they needed to choose and begin a life-changing journey.
HAC Is Ready To Welcome Its Family Back On January 8 With A Vision Of Wellness For All In The New Year
2017 is in the past (whew) and it is time to hit the reset button to launch 2018. The Winter Session starts on January 8th which means that our "healers in progress" will be returning and approximately twenty-five new students will be joining this very special community. The administrative team has been in the office all this week preparing to make 2018 the best year at HAC ever.
It Is Time To Dispel The Myth That Massage Therapy Franchises Are Causing Low Wage Rates For Therapists
What Is Really Going On Inside The Economics Of Massage Therapy
The HAC Team Trains Constantly And Works Passionately
By Kyle Riebeling, HAC Faculty/Core Management Group. Have you ever wondered about how The Healing Arts Center does what it does? Who or what is behind the curtain running the show? There is more to The Healing Arts Center than meets the eye. The truth is that there are many hard working people that keep HAC evolving so that it can continue to provide extraordinary transformational education into the future. From the Front Desk Team to the Executive Management Team, HAC is a school that is constantly watching the massage therapy community, surveying what is happening in the massage therapy world and educating itself so that it can educate its students.
Recently, The Healing Arts Center conducted a survey of its students to determine how they saw the massage therapy profession and themselves in it. The results were surprising. Clearly there is a disconnect between the way licensed massage therapists see themselves and the way players in the market see them. This has explained a lot about why there is such an enormous shortage of LMTs nationwide and yet massage schools are closing everywhere because the students are just being not drawn to the profession.
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