Career Path Quiz: Take 1

Today I joined the AMTA as a student, because membership is $20 and affords many of the same opportunities as professional membership, including insurance. Killer deal!

Poking around the site, I saw a Massage Therapist Career Path Quiz and decided to take it. Supposedly it’s designed to tell me my ideal workplace environment–be that home office, clinic, or cruise ship. It took about five minutes, and here are my results (which will surprise probably no one):

Your setting: Sole Practitioner/Self-Employed
Managing Your Own Massage Practice Might Fit You Best

According to your responses, you are flexible and have an interest or background in business. You have or are willing to develop strong marketing, financial and/or management skills for your massage therapy practice.

  • You enjoy your independence.
  • You may enjoy having to travel to work to see clients.
  • You would not mind having a flexible schedule: You may set your hours and be willing to take last minute clients.
  • You have great time management skills.
  • You can work without supervision or support.
  • You are a self-starter and highly organized.
  • You might be flexible with the types of clients you work with.
  • You can distinguish what your clients need from their massage session. For example, you might realize when a client requires a deep tissue massage, and you can also identify when relaxation is needed.
  • You are comfortable networking in order to stay involved within your community and build your client-base.
  • You work within the present, focus on the future and envision where you can take yourself and your practice.

I’d be interested in taking the quiz again in nine months, right around graduation, to see whether my answers have changed or my ideal work environment.

If you’d like to take the quiz, you can find it here:

Career Path Quiz: Take 1


Today’s lessons in massage school focused on sites of caution to be aware of during treatments. Circled areas, plus others on the body, should be treated very gently, if at all. No cheekbones were harmed in the making of this example!

The chief rule to follow is “no bones, no bends.” Steering clear of vulnerable places like the throat, insides of elbows, backs of knees, armpits, and groin can save clusters of veins, arteries, lymph nodes, and nerves. I will appreciate being able to learn more about how to work into these areas without applying direct pressure or compromising the tissue (and what’s underneath it).


A New Chapter!

And so, today begins a new chapter in life!

Today I started massage school at Bodymechanics, a ~9-month program with focuses on entrepreneurship and injury healing. I’m still writing and plan to continue that through school and beyond. This journey is a few years in the making, so the inception of it is all the sweeter and I could not be more happy to take life in this new direction.

I feel the need to thank numerous people as if this is a Golden Globe speech, but really I owe my interest in this field and my ability to pursue it all to my parents, both of whom went to massage school and continue to make that knowledge part of their lives in different ways. My mom has been a practicing massage therapist for 30+ years, and my dad has been an athlete and athletic… enthusiast… for most of his life. Massage school helped both of them learn and implement self-care practices and understand the way our bodies work and what they respond to.

So I’m delighted to be following in their footsteps and seeing how to make this endeavor my own over the next nine months.

Please follow along here and, if you’re on Facebook, at my student page. And feel free to contact me for free massage if you’re in the area! :)

A New Chapter!