What made you choose to come to massage school? It was always a possibility in the back of my mind. Although I never grew up with anything like this in my family, when I received my first massage, I noticed this to be a possibility to be really healing and helpful. I thought I would try it out, and jumped right in.
What is your favorite class? Medical Qigong Essential class. Energy work is very powerful, and Matthew is my favorite teacher! I love his style of teaching, and he is very knowledgeable, and he always has the answer for you.
What are you doing besides massage school? I am taking classes at SBCC studying Kinesiology and exploring different areas of education. Not quite sure where going to go from now.
Give us a little of your background. I grew up in Anchorage Alaska which has quite different with seasons. My grandparents lived here and when I visited here I feel in love with Santa Barbara! The ability to go swimming in the ocean and go hiking in the mountains; I really appreciate good weather! I played sports in school, my favorite was basketball and football, and team aspect of it was an amazing example of healing.
Did you find any challenges with you first started school at BTI? When I first started school, I was a little challenged with massaging and touching people with a loving touch. With instruction from my teachers and help from family and friends, I learned and grew to touch confidently.
Is there a point in time or instance solidifying that Massage is what you wanted to be doing? Yes! There are two parts that really made it clear to me. First, when I started doing clinics, I noticed the state that some of the clients were in when they came into the clinic, and then how relaxed and happy they became afterwards. It is fulfilling to get to see that, and I love it. Second, all of the classes have really helped and healed me. Qigong though really opened me up to a whole new arena of being in the world. It really helped me along the path of getting in touch with my energy, using energy to enhance my well- being, and then helping to enhance my clients as well.
Anything else you would like to leave us with? I am really grateful for the school. It is a wonderful, supportive, and healing place. I have enjoyed all of my classes and each instructor has their strengths in what they do and what they teach. This has been an overall wonderful experience. Thank you!