by Jana Young, Class of 2007, CCMH Admissions Coordinator
At CCMHwetrain and graduate skilled massage therapists to enter theprofessionand make a difference in the lives of their patients. But are we missing the mark when it comes to diversity? Is there more we can do to ensure that people of color and people of various gender identities also have access to therapists who understand them and theirneedson a deeper level?
I’ve had the unique opportunity tospeak with prospective students and applicants from many ethnic backgrounds and other diverse populations.Some of the common themes I hear are that folks will often choose therapists that they can relate to because of shared features/interests/backgrounds,but it can be difficult to find massage therapists who fit their criteria.
As we learn and grow as a school, some of the questions Iendeavorto answer are: How can we encourage more diversity in the ranks of our students, to ensure that there continues to be...
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.
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...
Junior high and high schoolers are missing out on normal & necessary experiences. This and the reduction in their face-to-face connections with friends may have a significant effect on their development and mental health. Massage Therapy may be able to provide some relief and connection they are currently lacking.
Today’s teens are navigating their world during a global pandemic full of uncertainty, instability, constant change, tons of screen-time, and LESS CONNECTION than ever before. I listened to an interview with 3 Canadian high-school students talking about their struggles. These were intelligent, well-spoken young people – those who would likely be at the tops of their classes, great athletes, musicians, or academics – and they were struggling. They spoke of depression, overwhelm, and concern for themselves and their...