....or should I say it’s only begun? So much has happened the past few weeks, I’ve not been able to keep up with even gathering and expressing my thoughts.
I graduated massage school a few weeks ago in a Red Robe Ceremony from The Healing Arts Center in St. Louis.
The ceremony was fitting and matched the schools approach to teaching. This isn't just a school who teaches anatomy and physiology; they transform students, heal the healers, teach by example, word and deed. You come to this school thinking you know everything and leave humbled and willing to learn more. I'm grateful for all of these master teachers.
Along with graduating with over 600+ required clinical hours, I was
honored and humbled to be inducted into an Order of Twin Hearts of the school. A recognition the school uses for a selection of students.
If that wasn't enough, I was also selected and recognized for winning a Massage Envy Scholarship Award! My mom uses the expression "My cup over-flows" often when she's grateful. That's all I could think of, my cup was making a huge mess all over the place.
All of that was easy in comparison to the next hurdle which was to pass the state exam to be licensed. This exam is challenging for many new therapists. Around 30% of massage therapists fail the MBLEx on their first attempt. And for those who have to retake the test, nearly 70% fail. Subjects tested on are: Anatomy & Physiology, Kinesiology, Benefits and Physiological effects of Techniques, Pathology with Contraindications, areas of Caution, and Special Populations, Client Assessment, Reassessment, and Treatment Plans, Ethics, Boundaries, Laws & Regulations, Guidelines for Professional Practice, Massage and Bodywork Modalities/ Culture/ History. I went into it scared as hell. However I realized later I was fully prepared, sufficiently taught and I knew the material. It all comes down to believing in yourself and trusting.
So its all over now. The rest is up to me on what I want to do with this. I think after I've had time to let things settle and adjust back into normal life routines I'll have a clearer vision.
Or maybe I just need a good massage - anyone know a guy? ;)