It usually does not take long before a patient will ask, "How did you get into massage?" This is my story - the longer version...
I suffer(ed) the same ills, injuries, and issues, as anyone else - possibly more so because of my past and present career requirements and circumstances. As best as I can, I drink my own kool aid. That means that before I give advice or treat someone, I have taken the same advice myself, had the same treatment myself, or treated family and friends, using exactly the same techniques. I can speak directly to a number of issues, because I have experienced them directly, or indirectly, myself.
I have training in personal fitness - Ask me how I replaced 25 lbs of fat with 25 lbs of muscle. I continue to set personal best lifting records.
I have training in nutrition - Ask me how I lost 24 lbs in 6 weeks., and 40 lbs in 10 weeks.
I have training in psychology - Ask me how I quickly overcame Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Severe Depression, and Severe Anxiety Disorder.
I know how to observe, and when to experiment - Ask me about a modality I created to help another massage therapist to change from a severely depressed state to smiling and energetic in less than a minute. I also found ways to help a migraine sufferer who defied all "known" causes and treatments, by going back to the basics. Where we were told not to expect results when working on Scoliosis (because the body adapts so well to it), I was able to help a young patient eliminate painful breathing (spinal twist was crushing the lungs with the ribs) and reduce spine displacement by 50% (from 3.5") with only 2 months of treatments.
I have dabbled with essential oils to develop a custom recipe for pain control - Ask me how I keep the pains of heavy weight lifting and repetitive strain injury at bay.
I am Canada's first (and Alberta's only) Master Myoskeletal Therapist (MMT). Ask me how I overcame pain, posture, injury, stress, physical performance, and mobility issues, using the same "Myoskeletal Alignment Therapy (Extended)"™ techniques, principles, and advice I offer to you...