ICT Northum­ber­land Col­lege

Nathan Ells al­ways felt that mas­sage ther­apy was for him, so fi­nally he went for it

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Nathan Ells had just fin­ished his ki­ne­si­ol­ogy de­gree when he needed to de­cide what his next step should be. He was toss­ing around phys­io­ther­apy, oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy, per­sonal train­ing…his list went on. He was in­trigued by mas­sage ther­apy, enough that he’d con­sid­ered it even be­fore he had gone off to univer­sity. Now it was still stuck in his head. He was fas­ci­nated by the body, fit­ness, health, and he had al­ways loved work­ing in hands-on en­vi­ron­ments. Mas­sage ther­apy checked all of those boxes for him, and so he went for it.

When Ells started look­ing into mas­sage ther­apy pro­grams, he came across ICT Northum­ber­land Col­lege. A high school friend of his was cur­rently en­rolled at ICT, and filled in the blanks for Ells. He was sold, and de­cided to start his mas­sage ther­apy jour­ney with ICT.

Ells found all of the ma­te­rial fas­ci­nat­ing. He learned a wide range, from the big science-based cour­ses like anatomy and patho­phys­i­ol­ogy, to clin­i­cal as­sess­ment and treat­ment skills, to learn­ing how to ex­plain con­di­tions, in­juries and dys­func­tions to pa­tients.

“A lot of peo­ple will tell you how hard this course is, but don’t be scared off. I think the rea­son they say this is be­cause of how well-rounded you must be to be a suc­cess­ful stu­dent and mas­sage ther­a­pist,” says Ells.

The elec­tives al­lowed Ells to be­gin tailor­ing his treat­ment style to bet­ter serve his tar­get pop­u­la­tion. Ev­ery­thing he learned at ICT came to­gether to help him ac­tu­ally ap­ply his knowl­edge to the prac­tice. Es­pe­cially with the pro­fes­sional side of the pro­gram, which has shorter cour­ses fo­cused on build­ing a mas­sage ther­apy busi­ness. Fi­nally, the Teach­ing Clinic al­lows stu­dents to bring their skills to the pub­lic in a con­trolled set­ting, fo­cused on en­hanc­ing their treat­ment.

“This pro­gram will give you as much in re­turn as you are will­ing to pour into it. There is a con­sid­er­able amount of op­por­tu­nity in Nova Sco­tia with our ag­ing pop­u­la­tion,” says Ells. “I feel con­fi­dent that stu­dents from ICT are very well equipped to en­ter a field that con­stantly de­mands new, in­no­va­tive, knowl­edge­able heal­ers.”

Ells’ in­struc­tors were pa­tient, knowl­edge and pas­sion­ate about mas­sage ther­apy. Most of them had been ICT stu­dents pre­vi­ously, so they knew the pro­gram, the chal­lenges and the in­dus­try. This was a large rea­son why Ells was so happy with his choice in ICT.

The pro­gram was a won­der­ful, chal­leng­ing mix of both phys­i­cal and men­tal de­mands for Ells.

“I think it’s re­ally im­por­tant to in­vest in your­self and your ca­reer from the start. Take care of the phys­i­cal by pro­tect­ing your body, and take care of the men­tal by fo­cus­ing on time man­age­ment,” he says about tak­ing time to learn what works best for you.

For Ells, there is no greater feel­ing than see­ing his pa­tient leave the treat­ment space walk­ing taller, feel­ing bet­ter, and tak­ing on the chal­lenges in their life.

“If you think mas­sage ther­apy is for you, then at­tack the pro­gram and push your­self. The growth and re­wards that come from the chal­lenges you’ll meet will be well worth it.”

“This pro­gram will give you as much in re­turn as you are will­ing to pour into it. —Nathan Ells

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