ICT Northum­ber­land Col­lege

Heather masters the mas­sage ther­apy ser­vice in­dus­try

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Heather Mur­ray’s boss at Bed­ford PT Health jokes that be­ing a mas­sage ther­a­pist is sim­i­lar to wait­ing ta­bles: you’re there to serve the pub­lic—it’s just a dif­fer­ent kind of ta­ble and ser­vice. Clients aren’t al­ways at their best when com­ing in: they’re deal­ing with in­jury or aches, and it’s the knowl­edge and en­joy­ment of be­ing around peo­ple that makes you suit­able for the job.

Heather takes on this help­ing pro­fes­sion to im­prove her clients’ qual­ity of life. It’s a con­tin­u­ous chal­lenge, but there’s al­ways some­thing to learn.

The School of Mas­sage Ther­apy at ICT Northum­ber­land Col­lege gave Heather the chance to com­plete the fast-track pro­gram in 18 months; she wanted to go in and get back to the work­ing world as quickly as pos­si­ble.

“It’s very spe­cial­ized and the teach­ers are reg­is­tered them­selves. You’re learn­ing from other peo­ple who have done the same job, and have the per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence to pass on,” says Heather.

The pro­gram at Northum­ber­land Col­lege is filled with the­o­ret­i­cal and prac­ti­cal work, where the stu­dents play client and ther­a­pist with each other be­fore mov­ing on to work on mem­bers of the pub­lic. It’s ben­e­fi­cial to both par­ties be­cause the stu­dents get to learn, and the peo­ple have ac­cess to cheaper mas­sage ther­apy, as long as they don’t mind a slower, learn­ing process.

“It’s a lot more chal­leng­ing than peo­ple ex­pect. It’s knowl­edge-based and there are dif­fer­ent av­enues that you can go into like my­ofa­cial cour­ses and cup­ping. There’s a never end­ing sup­ply of learn­ing,” says Heather.

Heather found her cur­rent job through a ca­reer fair at school, and has co­work­ers to bounce ideas off of from all dif­fer­ent back­grounds. It’s an eclec­tic mix of those who are just out of school, fresh with the latest the­ory, and oth­ers who have 30 years of hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence from years of ap­pli­ca­tion.

Heather sees be­yond the job as­pect of mas­sage ther­apy. As much as it is based on the knowl­edge, she fo­cuses on con­nect­ing with her clients and cre­at­ing a di­a­logue within her ther­a­peu­tic re­la­tion­ships.

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