ADMINISTRATION HIGHLIGHT – Meghan Smith, RMT, CCMH Clinical Practicum Coordinator

alumni community faculty staff May 13, 2021

Meghan discovered massage through the treatment of injuries she sustained playing varsity volleyball. As she noticed her older sister and friends struggling to find work post-university, she realized a career in massage therapy would be a strong choice. 

At CCMH, Meghan specializes in organizing diverse clinics for all CCMH students.  

“There are normally some ‘first treatment’ nerves from students. But once they complete that first clinic shift, it's like night and day as they immediately get a boost of confidence. And they exclaim, “I can do this!” 

Meghan believes confidence is one of the keys to success in the program. She recommends trusting in the process and ensures that it all does come together before graduation. 

Meghan continues to practice as a therapist and has her own mobile clinic, which allows her to treat people in their homes. 

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Trust in Yourself: How to Handle Inappropriate Behaviour from Clients

by Natasha Joyce, Class of 2011, CCMH Education Director 

(from and article by Jannen Belbeck in Massage Therapy Canada Magazine – Fall 2018 Edition)

This article written by Jannen Belbeck plays out a variety of situations and scenarios that the more seasoned Massage Therapist would say “this wouldn’t happen to me”, whilst a newer, younger therapist thinks they are well trained to recognize and respond to acts of inappropriate behavior. However, as Jannen details there are many factors to consider to “untangle the emotions” and communicate effectively to establish a therapeutic relationship.

We all understand that no client books in under the name “inappropriate behavior” so does that mean that one must always operate in a hyper vigilant state, or risk being subjected to these actions? In Jannen’s article there are several factors presented for consideration on the topic including but not limited to, physical locations, and...

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How to Raise a Massage Therapist... It Takes a Village!

For many careers, education comes in the form of lecture, readings, and book work. There is a disconnect between educator and student. 

In the field of massage, education of new massage therapists comes in a more diverse form.  

It comes from the administrative staff. The admissions staff who reach out into the world with the intention of touching the hearts of the right people. The Directors who work tirelessly to ensure the campus runs as smoothly as possible, while also keeping the compass in line with the mission and values that the school, and the profession, embody. The clinic staff who provide the support necessary to run the student clinic in an efficient manner, giving students a chance to develop confidence in their own skills through practice.  

It comes from research and lectures, but also from experienced instructors who are trained in skills transfer. Instructors who come to the table with varied backgrounds, but always with the same intention...

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ALUMNI HIGHLIGHT – Lauren VanSickle, RMT, Class of 2015

What stands out the most to Lauren about her time at CCMH is the strong sense of community. Small class sizes, accessibility to individualized learning, and lots of practical hands-on experience made for a well-rounded and nurturing environment.  

“CCMH challenged me to really grow and stretch as a person. Overcoming mental, physical, and academic challenges truly prepared me for my career! I gained the self-confidence required to be my own best spokesperson and have put that energy into opening my own thriving small business.” 


Now a practicing therapist, Lauren enjoys making a connection with others and helping them along their journey.Being a massage therapist has also granted her the added bonus of getting one step closer to attaining a healthy work/life balance! 


Lauren runs her own practice, VanSickle Massage Therapy, in Halifax. 

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ALUMNI HIGHLIGHT – Darya Zuychenko, RMT, RAc., Reiki Master/Teacher

alumni career healthcare Mar 10, 2021

What Darya enjoyed most about her time at CCMH was the teachers' dedication and compassion and the high standard of education. 

“It was important to me to get the best possible education for my future. I met so many wonderful people, both staff and students, and keep in touch with many of them regularly, many years later.”

One of the highest honours she achieved was being welcomed back as a teacher. She loved being able to share her experiences as a student with those currently going through the process. 

“Training at CCMH completely changed my life. I found my purpose and my passion, and I’m so grateful I got a chance to discover it in such an open and welcoming environment.”

She currently owns and practices at New Scotland Health Centre as a registered massage therapist, registered acupuncturist, and Reiki Master/Teacher.

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alumni career healthcare Feb 25, 2021

Karen feels the high standards expected of CCMH students prepare them for real life and ensure they excel when they begin working.

 “Being a massage therapist is a career and way of life. It is a part of who you are. This career also allows you to attain skills you can transfer into other professions such as nursing, kinesiology, research, and more.”

Karen took the credits from her program at CCMH and obtained a Bachelor of General Studies - at age 51!

She is now completing a Bachelor of Health Sciences and has a goal of obtaining a social work degree to specialize her practice in working with those with post-traumatic stress disorder.

For Karen, the best thing about being a massage therapist is that she controls her future. She has her own clinic in Upper Tantallon, Nova Scotia, and is building a practice that fits her talents and skills.

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