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New Perspectives: How Licensed Massage Therapist Tim Barber Turned Pain into Perseverance

Posted by Fox Emm on 8/25/17 12:53 PM

It has been a long road to get to where Tim Barber is today. By his account, that amounts to somewhere around 2,300 miles and 15 years since the graduate of SWIHA’s 1000-hour Master Massage Practitioner and 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program first realized that he wanted to become a Licensed Massage Therapist.

Tim spent most of his life in New York. No, not that New York. “Everyone always assumes I mean New York City when I tell them where I am from, which couldn’t be further from the truth,” he laughs. Born and raised in the Central New York region, most of his life was spent surrounded by forests and water— not skyscrapers. Houses were often a half-mile to a mile apart. The town he grew up in was so small that there wasn’t even a four-way stop in it. His graduating class consisted of about 60 people. A trip to the mall would take about 45 minutes of driving to get there. The nightlife in his town consisted of crickets and lightning bugs. No, it definitely was not THAT New York.

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Topics: Polarity, Reflexology, Yoga Teacher Training, Hypnotherapy, Licensed Massage, yoga, Acupressure, Cranial, deep-tissue-massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Master Massage Practitioner, Thai Massage, cranial Sacral, back pain

Top 5 Reasons a Massage Career Can Help You Create a Life You Love.

Posted by Suzie McLaughlin on 5/23/16 9:02 AM

As a long time licensed massage therapist I can’t imagine why more people don’t choose the career of massage.   According to a very reliable source*, the massage industry has boomed in the last ten years, doubling its yearly revenue from $6 billion to over $12 billion1, since 2005. Yet skilled massage therapists are hard to find. I often hear from those who work in the SWIHA SUCCESS CENTER, that there are many more listings for massage therapists, than graduates seeking positions. 

Recently, there have been several employers who have asked me if I could refer a good massage practitioner.  This made me think about all the great reasons why people should join me as a licensed massage therapist.

#5   You get to create own schedule!

One of the reasons I became a massage therapist is because I needed a career that had flexibility, so I could be more present for my son. I have had the luxury of creating my own business and setting my own schedule.  Not to say that being an entrepreneur hasn’t been challenging, however I have found that all my hard work and determination has made the experience worth it.  Having more time with your family or being able to shuffle things around in your schedule to better suit your needs, might be more appealing than a 9-5 job. When you own your own business, you get to call the shots.

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Topics: wellnes, Blog, Massage Therapy, SWIHA, holistic health care, Certified Massage Therapist, Licensed Massage, Healing touch

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