I conquered my first Anatomy quiz and assignment!! I received a 100%!! I am so so happy, I attribute my success to studying hard, being quizzed by Amanda Engebretsen, and a little prayer I said right before taking the quiz. I prayed that my mind would be opened up with the knowledge that I already have and that I would remember. I have never taken a test that hard so fast, and I felt completely confident!! This is just a small testimony to me that with the Lord's help nothing will be impossible to me. I know that this is where i am supposed be. I know it with every fiber of my being. I am so excited to be apart of this journey I have started. I am grateful for my husband who supports me 110%. I am grateful for my friend's support. I will return the favor with a massage someday!! I promise!
So I started my first week of Massage school at The Utah College of Massage Therapy on Tuesday this week with much excitement, anticipation and a little anxiety. But to my relief, I have loved every minute so far, and the instructors I have met so far are awesome! My classes this semester are Professional Development, Massage Basics, Anatomy and Physiology, First Aid/CPR, and Reflexology. Massage Basics is very hands on, which is great because I learn faster that way. Last night we practiced "Draping", and if any of you are wondering, we all had to "disrobe" under our sheet while laying on our massage table, which is called "tenting", and practice how to properly drape our clients so nothing private is exposed. This was a very new experience I believe for all of us, and there were many giggles throughout the room, since most of the students are girls. Here it is, the 3rd day of school, and we were forced to step out of our comfort zone and get serious. It was awesome!!! I did better than I thought, and apparently am more comfortable with my body than I thought I would be.
We learned a new concept called "Beingness", which is to completely "be" in a moment. To give your undivided attention to another person and completely focus on just them, and nothing else. How often do we have time to give someone that? With all the distractions and chaos that this life produces, we rarely have time to just "be". How often do we look at our child or a friend and just say, "Tell me everything about your day. You are the most important thing to me right now, and I have nowhere else to be, and I truely care, and will listen completely until you are done". Has anyone ever experienced "Beingness"? I know I have, on a few occassions, and those moments are treasured most in my memory. We learned about beingness in our class, because when you give a massage, you need to be at one with your client. You have nowhere else to be. You have a full hour to give, and you must give it your all. Ask questions like, "What does this person need from me?" What can I give to them that will make them feel better than when they first came to see me?" Giving a massage is ideally to be a moment of selflessness. Your complete at utter attention needs to be on them, and what they need from you. What a cool thing I get to do for people? I have the power to aid in healing someone! I only hope that I will be able to master Beingness, and I plan to practice this more in my everyday life.
Tonight I have Anatomy/Phisiology, and am slightly nervous at memorizing every muscle and every bone, but I'm sure I will find the fun in it. If any of you took Anatomy in college and think you can help me find ways to memorize maybe a little easier, let me know.
I am so happy for this storm to come in this weekend and get rid of the summer! Haha it is so funny, I used to be in love with summer, but lately I have changed my mind. I am happy for fall. I love the trees changing colors and the cool, crisp weather. I love the rain. I honestly love it now! Instead of wanting to move back to St.George, I want to move to Oregon! Scott and I loved our honeymoon there, and it is so green and gorgeous. But would I love it for long? I wonder if I would get sick of it and long for summer again. I guess that is why Northern Utah is so great; you experience every season, and appreciate when it changes. So we may end up staying here forever. We will see:)
So, is it weird that I put on Christmas music today? With the change of the weather, it has gotten me so excited for the holidays! Not only that, but a magazine came in the mail today at work that displayed Christmas decor and I immediately found myself excited and hearing, "Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat..." I am just so excited for the holidays; Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years. I love this time of year! I know my dad would be appauled that I was already listening to Christmas music, but I don't care. It makes me happy. How can you be sad when listening to Christmas music?
School is starting soon, and i am finding myself both excited and apprehensive. I cannot wait to start my Massage Therapy career, but it will be a tough year getting to it. Monday-Thursday 7-10:30 pm every week, and working full-time on top of that during the day. I know I can do it, but I think I have mono again, which is really annoying. But I know God will take care of me.
I am a Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Instructor, as well as a Certified HypnoDoula and graduated from the Utah College of Massage Therapy October 2009. I have been running my own business in my home since then, and I absolutely love what I do. I believe and have felt first-hand the healing power of massage work. I have a passion for birth and empowering the mother and facilitating healing. I have been married for 9 years to my very best friend, and am a mommy to my adorable son's Carson and Ethan and my beautiful daughter Sophia with another on the way!