"My career has more than lived up to my expectations," says Claire Weinberg, AMTA North Carolina Chapter 1st VP. "I love to see and hear about the positive impact I have made on my clients’ lives."
Read Claire's story below and find out why she is excited to welcome AMTA members to North Carolina this October at the National Convention.
Why did you decide to pursue a career in massage therapy?
My first career started after I graduated from London University in England with a Bachelor's in French and Italian. This education led me to a fast-tracked business career that used my languages. I worked in very exciting and challenging environments. I discovered the world of massage therapy as a means to reduce stress.
During one of those blissful journeys, I started to think how wonderful it might be to have the ability to make a similar difference in others’ lives. After attending an introduction weekend at the London College of Massage (LCM) in 1994, my path was set. I knew this was the career change I wanted to embrace. Daily, I use the foundation of the bodywork I learned at LCM, now supplemented by many years of experience and the AMTA continuing education I have received.
What is your current work environment like?
I have always been a sole practitioner. I started out in a local fitness center, followed by a wellness center, and I now occupy a lovely space in a salon in Oxford, North Carolina. I perform on-site massage for local businesses and industries throughout the Triangle.
Two years ago, I started working with the charitable foundation “Tender Touch for All,” which coordinates therapists for sponsored events raising funds to establish free massage therapy programs for returning veterans and the elderly and disabled. I also volunteer at the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program. I was fortunate enough to have been awarded an AMTA-NC Chapter grant, The Debbie Long Memorial Outreach Award which provides funds for members to do a community service project involving massage. In addition to providing massage, I intend to give monthly education classes at the Duke Cancer Center for caregivers to provide massage to their loved ones.
What do you enjoy most about your job? What are some of the challenges?
I enjoy the fact that my career has more than lived up to my expectations. I love to see and hear about the positive impact I have made on my clients’ lives by simply giving them a moment for themselves–a time out to feel renewed.
I am lucky that I have not faced too many challenges. I have earned the respect of my community by educating them about the benefits of massage therapy. I have grown my business from personal recommendation. I believe that aligning myself with AMTA has been fundamental in promoting my business and reputation—I am proud to state my professional membership status.
What advice would you offer other new massage therapists?
Take the time to listen to your clients and demonstrate that you “hear” them by tailoring the session to meet their needs, not the techniques that you most like to use.
What are you most looking forward to about the AMTA 2012 National Convention?
Everything! We are set to have the ultimate experience in southern hospitality. This is a wonderful experience for our Chapter and the excitement is palpable. All participants should come prepared to take full advantage of our great educators, and then relax and have fun. Our Chapter-hosted evening event is a must on any agenda. No clues allowed, so you will just have to come and see what we have in store for you!
North Carolina is now my home and it is a truly beautiful state. Raleigh is located in the center of the state and perfectly placed between the mountains in the West and the ocean in the East. Take a few days to explore. There is something to suit every taste from our world-renowned golf courses, spectacular scenery, great cuisine, music, history and culture to the “Hunger Games” fan tours to see where the movie was filmed. Visiting our AMTA-NC Chapter website for information www.amtanc.org and also check out www.visitnc.com
From all of us at AMTA-NC we are counting the days to “welcome y’all” (please excuse the British accent)!
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