"I find my work with pregnant and postpartum women extremely rewarding because it is one of the most special times of a woman’s life," says Anne Heckheimer, owner of Prenatal Massage Center of Manhattan.
What drew you to the massage therapy profession?
I was drawn toward becoming a licensed massage therapist while working as a certified personal trainer at a top New York City health club in the mid 1990’s. I knew the extensive education I would receive at massage school would increase my knowledge of the human body, increase my marketability as a personal trainer, and add the element of healing touch to my career.
What types of education have aided in your success?
I graduated from the Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy in NYC in 1998. In order to specialize in prenatal massage, I attended and received several certifications through nationally recognized organizations that certify therapists in prenatal massage. The greatest education I have received throughout my career is the years of hands-on experience I gained through working on thousands of pregnant and postpartum women.
What do you enjoy most about your work environment? What are some of the challenges?
I am the owner of a small private practice called the Prenatal Massage Center of Manhattan. My office is located in a medical services building on the upper Westside of Manhattan. I find my work with pregnant and postpartum women extremely rewarding because it is one of the most special times of a woman’s life. I feel honored and to be such a huge support system throughout their pregnancy and beyond.
What advice would you offer to other massage therapists?
Gaining hands-on experience immediately following graduation from massage school and working with as many people as you can is a valuable tool to building a strong and successful career. Continuing education and studying different massage techniques can help you decide on a specialty. Taking continuing education courses in these different techniques will also keep your mind and hands stimulated.
How has your involvement in AMTA helped your career?
I am proud to be a member of a national organization that provides so many services to and for massage therapists. I appreciate the insurance options, periodicals, discounts and website available to us. I also appreciate the workshops and conferences that make continuing education so readily available. I am most grateful for the recognition that I have received over the past few years for the success in my career as a specialist in prenatal and postpartum massage.
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