Massage Therapy School- Clinical Sports: Part I

My experiences at massage therapy school were life changing. The environment was welcoming, my peers were encouraging and open-minded, and the instructors were brought in from throughout the United States because of their knowledge, experience, and passion to share with others. My tendency to take a lot of notes served me well as I extracted copious amounts of valuable information from our conversations that will never be found in textbooks. Interaction and conversation are powerful tools from which we can learn heaps about the given content, the world around us, the world beyond us, and the world within us. I loved every minute of these classes and felt that I was certainly in the right place. The timing could not have been better as it was a time for growth and a time for change. Because I love sharing my knowledge with others, and because I always write a lot of notes, I thought I’d take this opportunity to share some of the powerful quotes from my instructors and peers. These quotes were relevant to our conversations within the classroom setting, but they may also be applied to life in general. As with any quote, these quotes are only as worthwhile and applicable as you make them and may have numerous meanings and applications. Enjoy!

CLINICAL SPORTS MASSAGE: LOWER BODY (Brian Glotzbach: May 13, 2013 – May18, 2013)

DAY 1:

Those windows of opportunities open up and you need to be ready to jump through them.

“Get your hands on as many people as you can and practice as often as possible, because when you’re done with school, you really don’t know anything.”

“You can make huge differences in people’s bodies by manipulating muscles instead of stretching and strengthening.”

When you finish this program, when you finish anything, you will never be the same. Your body and your life will be different. You never know what could happen.”

“Find what you love. Do what you love. Become an expert at what you do. Being an expert will bring you money. Therefore, do what you love and eventually it will pay.”

If you don’t go for it, you’re never going to get there.”

“You make out of it what you want. You need to work hard and learn as much as you can along the way.”

“If you do a proper evaluation, you have all the necessary information to build a proper protocol to help someone.”

“Where you feel pain is rarely where the problem is.”

“Where you start and what you do determines your efficiency.”

“Always ask WHY. Critically think your way into a massage (life). Going to the symptom is taking the easy way out. Never treat the symptom; always look for the problem.”

“Spend a little time with people. Take the time to really evaluate and treat someone right. Make a difference and that’s what will make the difference; that’s what will differentiate you from others.”

“You gotta create separation between yourself and others to be successful. What makes you special?

“Do you make someone feel better for a little while, or do you make the pain go away?”

Trust yourself. You are smarter than you think, you really have no idea. This is just the beginning.”

Don’t try to learn everything right now. Learn slowly, but learn each little piece very well.”

“Keep it simple. Look for patterns. Find the problem. We may need to fix other problems to get to the real problem.”

“Aim for progress, not perfection.”

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