"I learn so much from this amazing group of practitioners and always walk away with an expanded mind and a more open heart," says Maj-Lis Nash, AMTA member and owner of Mind Body Institute massage therapy school. Read more about Maj-Lis and her keys to success below.
What is your current work environment like?
Currently I own a massage therapy school. Being the school's owner and director takes up a large part of my day. I still perform massage on a very small clientele a few times a month, but most of the massage I now do is with students.
What do you enjoy most about where you work? What are some of the challenges?
The thing I enjoy the most about being an instructor is the light I see in students' eyes when they finally have that "ah-ha" moment, when something they have been struggling with clicks. To know I was a part of making that happen is a great feeling. What can be challenging is the amount of paperwork that goes with owning a school.
What specific experiences or educational pursuits have helped you to be successful in this field?
What has helped me the most in the massage therapy field has been the opportunity to be surrounded by what I call the "best of the best" at AMTA conferences on both the state and national levels. I learn so much from this amazing group of practitioners and always walk away with an expanded mind and a more open heart.
What’s the most important piece of advice that you give to new massage therapists?
Don't do it alone. Find a mentor and ask for help as often as you can. Success is easier achieved when worked toward together.
You’ve been very successful at AMTA’s Refer a Friend program. What are some of your secrets?
When an opportunity to speak to someone about massage presents itself, I always start the conversation by saying "I am an AMTA member, and here's how being a part of AMTA has helped me to answer your question." That always opens the door. It seems to me that if you have passion for what you are talking about, then others recognize that passion and they see your joy. They wonder, "how can I feel like that?" That's when the conversation really begins about AMTA and how important it is for someone to have your back!