Student Massage Therapists
New to Back At It: Student Massage Therapists!
Back At It, has over the past year and a half taken on two student massage therapists to help provide guidance, mentorship and practicum hours for the massage therapy program. Our student therapists currently are Adriane and Lily and have been an exceptional assets to the Back At It Team. In fact, before we ever put our students in a treatment room with clients, we’ve asked them to practice on our very own therapists. We find some of the most valuable feedback comes from the therapists that work within our clinics. It has also has provided an added perk to our busy therapists, by getting regular massages from our students. A win win for everyone!
Back At It Owner Vanessa Joosten and Clinic Manager Linda Weinz have spent the last year and half working one on one with our students to provide mentorship, guidance, and most importantly helping them build confidence. We can proudly say that both our students have become an asset to the Back At It Team and we can’t wait for them to join us when they are done school. Here are our two student therapists:
Becoming a student massage therapist is an exciting journey that opens the door to a world of healing and wellness. While many aspiring therapists focus on building their skills and knowledge through classroom training, there is a unique opportunity to gain practical experience by working in a therapeutic clinic. Here are the benefits of getting practicum experience in a Therapeutic clinic:
Hands-On Learning Experience:
Working in a therapeutic clinic as a student massage therapist provides an unparalleled hands-on learning experience. Unlike simulated scenarios in a classroom, our students have the opportunity to work directly with real clients who come seeking relief from various musculoskeletal issues. This practical exposure allows them to refine their techniques, understand client needs, and develop their own therapeutic style.
Mentorship and Guidance:
Therapeutic clinics often have experienced massage therapists who are willing to mentor and guide student therapists. These seasoned professionals can offer invaluable advice, share their expertise, and help navigate the complexities of client interactions. Having a mentor can accelerate learning, boost confidence, and provide insights into the industry that may not be learned in the classroom.
Networking and Professional Connections:
Working in a therapeutic clinic allows you to build a network of professional connections within the massage therapy community. You will have the opportunity to interact with other therapists, healthcare practitioners, and industry experts. These connections can open doors to future employment opportunities, collaborations, and continued learning, helping you establish a strong foundation for your career.
Exposure to Various Client Needs:
In a therapeutic clinic, our students will encounter a diverse range of clients with different needs and conditions. This exposure broadens their understanding of the human body and enhances their ability to tailor massage treatments to individual clients. Working with clients suffering from specific ailments, such as chronic pain, sports injuries, or stress-related conditions, challenges you to develop targeted treatment plans and adapt their techniques accordingly.
One of the greatest benefits of working as a student massage therapist in a therapeutic clinic is the boost to a student’s confidence. As they interact with clients, address their concerns, and witness the positive impact of their treatments, they’ll gain confidence in their abilities. This increased self-assurance will serve them well as they progress in their career and establish their own client base.
Continual Learning Opportunities:
Our therapeutic clinics offer a supportive environment for ongoing education and professional development. We have have access to many other clinics as networking and clinic relationships is important to us. We are also a multidisciplinary clinic, which exposes our students to other types of treatments beyond just massage. It allows our therapists to be able to refer clients to other health care practitioners to formulate a team work approach to our client’s health. Exposure to new techniques, research, and advancements in the field enables our students to stay updated and enhance their skills and knowledge continuously.
Beyond the professional benefits, working in a therapeutic clinic as a student massage therapist also facilitates personal growth. Our therapists have the opportunity to develop empathy, patience, and communication skills as they interact with clients from different walks of life. They learn to adapt to individual needs, build trust, and provide a safe and healing environment for our clients.
Working as a student massage therapist in a therapeutic clinic offers a multitude of benefits that complement the classroom education. The hands-on experience, mentorship, networking opportunities, exposure to diverse clients, confidence building, continual learning, and personal growth all contribute to development as a well-rounded massage therapists. This unique opportunity will lay a solid foundation for a successful and fulfilling career in the field of massage therapy.