Not only am I a full time Licensed Massage Therapist, running my own private practice, but I also work part time as a Clinic Manager at a Massage School, here in Portland. With working at the school, I get the opportunity to attend the Graduation Ceremonies that are held twice a year. This past month was one of those ceremonies. It was fun to see the excitement on all the soon-to-be LMTs faces and the happy energy they have radiating off of them. It reminds me of my own graduation from the very same college. There’s the feeling of accomplishment, the acknowledgement of achieving your goals, and the success of all the hard work and long hours of studying and practicing on others finally coming to an apex. I am thrilled for them to be joining such a wonderful and healing community, and to see them take the next steps in their life dreams and goals.
To some, becoming a Massage Therapist may be just a skill set for a specific job, but to others, like me, it is much more than just a job. Being a Massage Therapist is combining compassion, knowledge, and healing. It is a way of life. You strive to bring forth health, happiness, and well-being. You find ways to offer the mind, body, and soul a healing environment for yourself and for your clients. You are always learning and improving upon the wealth of knowledge, information, and touch you learned while in school. You learn that your focus and intentions come through, loud and clear, while working with clients, and you learn to become more mindful, grounded, and aware of your client’s goals and needs, even if they do not tell you verbally.
We are therapists. We create an environment that is safe and inviting. A place you can trust and can find help in healing yourself, whether that is simply to calm down and relax, relieve pain, recover from an injury, or increase your overall health and well-being. Some may not view Massage Therapists as health care practitioners, as we are not allowed to diagnose or prescribe any health issue or treatments, but we are a strong part of the healing community, with proven success rates in helping people heal. We have the innate power to heal through the power of touch, which no prescription drug can do. We nurture and give power back to the clients’ body, mind, and soul. It is a wonderful and magical thing to be a part of and I look forward to seeing all the good these future Massage Therapists are going to be offering our community. It fills me with gratitude and joy to see so many people want to help others and to improve our community’s health and wellness.
It only seems appropriate that this comes at a time where we celebrate thanks and gratitude. I am thankful for all my clients who trust in me to give them the care they need, and I am grateful for being a part of such a great healing community to promote overall health and well-being. Cheers to another wonderful year, and to all the new LMTs who are joining us to provide the best care to everyone who seeks it.
Courtney Truax, LMT is a graduate of East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon. She is licensed through the Oregon Board of Massage Therapy and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She has her own studio massage practice in the heart of downtown Lake Oswego, Oregon.