I spent the last seven years achieving different massage qualifications to offer a service that is different from the standard massage.
Why I started studying Massage therapy.
My interest in the massage profession started as a curiosity and a desire for a career change.
Indeed, before getting into the massage profession, I worked as Pizza Maker for a decade or so.
That did allow me to get permanent residence in Australia.
But I knew that hospitality life was not what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
So, in Jan 2016, I did enrol in a Certificate IV in Massage Therapy at the SSNT (Southern School of Natural Therapies) in Fitzroy.
After that, as soon as I finished the course, I decided to go travelling and experience more of the outback life.
It was not till February 2018 that I returned to studying massage practice.
Thai Massage Qualification.
That was in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with Pichest Boonthumme.
I ended up in Chiang Mai, thanks to a friend who understood what I was looking for.
And what was I looking for?
Well, I was searching for someone to teach me more than a massage sequence or stroke. So I was not looking for just a random massage qualification.
Someone that could show me how to improve myself as a massage therapist and person in the first place.
Pichest is the right teacher.
Anyway, I passed the first round of training in 2018 with Pichest, I then kept travelling, and before heading back to Australia, I did a second stopover in Chiang Mai, and that was in Jan 2019.
But still, before starting the Diploma in Remedial Massage at the RMIT in July 2020, I did go to study with Pichest for another couple of weeks (November 2019).
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Back to school.
As already mentioned in 2020, in the full Covid-19 pandemic, I decided to completely abandon the hospitality industry and dive more into the massage practice. That’s why I did decide to go for a Remedial Massage course.
Once the Remedial Massage course was over, in December 2021, I decided to step into the advance Diploma of Myotherapy, which would last one year more.
Between those courses, I also found the time to take a class for MLD (Manual Lymphatic Drainage) with the Vodder Academy here in Australia.
But, it was not till the latest training with Pichest Boonthumme (November 2022) that I understood how all those modalities are interconnected with the other one.
Where am I now, along the massage qualifications journey?
I just enrolled in the last year of my Bachelor of Health Science in Clinical Myotherapy at Torrens University.
I did decide to enrol in this course for several reasons:
- Personal challenge.
- Learn more and more about body and massage practice.
- I am possibly going for a master’s after it (a master’s in acupuncture).