Catching Up: Seven Questions and a Wildcard
Tell us about what you have been up to since graduation? What are you doing now?
I got married in July of 2015 and my husband and I purchased our first home in February of 2017. I decided to take a year break after graduation – I continued waiting tables and enjoyed my last year with a job that wasn’t my career. To keep up on my knowledge, I massaged family and friends during this break. I recently got back into my massage career and started out at a small spa for a few months, and then I transitioned into working for Advantage Chiropractic and Massage in Longview, Wash.
When you look back at your experience at UWS, what do you remember the most as the best part?
The weekly massage trades during class were the best, but aside from that, I really loved anatomy and physiology. The class was super interesting, and we spent some time in the cadaver lab, which was by far my favorite experience.
How did your time at UWS prepare you for your career and life?
The education was so thorough that for the first time in my life, I left on graduation day feeling prepared for my career. UWS not only taught me how to give a great massage, but also taught me how to be a professional in the industry, be compliant with clients and have confidence in myself.
What made you choose UWS over other schools?
I became a massage therapist so I could change the lives of the people in my community. I wanted to help people be able to live their lives with less or no pain and after researching many massage schools, I felt that UWS was the only option for me. UWS mainly focuses on the medical side of massage (though the program does provide massage training for a spa as well), which is what I was searching for. The program is extremely thorough with the information provided and the library has so many helpful resources.
What made you decide on this education and career path?
I was about one month away from graduating with my associates degree and I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I laid down in my bed that night, looked up at God, and quite rudely said, “You haven’t told me what I need to do and time is running out so I’m going to need you to answer me before I go to sleep.” Well, He didn’t answer me before I went to sleep, but instead my dreams were full of me massaging people. When I woke up the next day I said, “Really? Well, okay then…” Within three weeks I had been accepted and I absolutely love what I do.
Are you still close to any of your classmates and do you try to get together?
My class has spread out quite a bit since graduation so we don’t get to get together often. We all moved to places like California, Arizona, Oregon and Washington. We do keep in touch through Facebook and text messages still. No matter how far we all are from one another, there will never be a day when they don’t feel like family.
If there was one thing you could say to the general public about massage, what would it be?
Massage is an amazing thing for the body. As car owners, we get our vehicles tuned up from time to time, but when it comes to our bodies, we often view it as unnecessary. You wouldn’t expect to purchase a car and have it run great forever without any maintenance, so why would you expect your body to do any better?
WILD CARD: Which class and/or instructor was your favorite and why?
My favorite instructor was Dr. Montserrat Andreys, who taught anatomy and physiology. She was determined to provide a great education to my class so each week she would ask us what we needed from her and what we liked or didn’t like in the day’s lesson. We would make general suggestions here and there, and within a few weeks, her classes became my favorite. She made the extra effort to teach her students how they learned best, instead of just focusing on how she wanted to teach. She has an amazing passion about what she teaches and it really shines through, making me passionate too.