Where Do You Work? Running for Research

"I am so excited and honored to be representing AMTA on the Massage Therapy Foundation: Running for Research Boston Marathon Team," says Kathy Borsuk, a dedicated AMTA member and soon-to-be marathoner. Read about Kathy's efforts as she runs for research and learn how to support her in this journey.

What led you to pursue a career in massage therapy?

My husband and I received our first massage while on our honeymoon. I loved how I felt and knew this is what I wanted to do for a living. It's a wonderful gift to be able to help another feel calm, relaxed and happy.

What is your current work environment like?

I am fortunate to be one of six partners in a thriving group practice at Hillsborough Massage Therapy LLC, in Hillsborough, New Jersey. We have five session rooms and specialize in therapeutic and sports massage. We are actively involved in our local community and participate in several 5K races and health fairs. We also hold an annual open house which allows us to give back to a different local charity each year. 

What do you enjoy most about where you work? What are some of the challenges?

I have the best partners (past and current) in the world. They are a part of my family now. We know each other's strengths and weaknesses, which allows us to support and encourage one another accordingly. Some challenges are finding the right kind of marketing that will fit our budget and making sure all the often overlooked "little things" in the office get done.

What specific experiences or educational pursuits have helped you to be successful?

When starting our practice, one of my partners and I frequently visited the Small Business Administration at the local county college. They provided valuable information on forming a small business and accounting matters. Throughout the years, we've kept up with our continuing education and picked the brains of other successful massage therapists and small business owners.

How did you become involved in AMTA?

I joined AMTA as a student member in 2004 because I saw the value of networking and mentoring opportunities in the state chapter meetings. Our chapter did not have a website at the time and when I asked why not, they challenged me to create one for them. I had no idea how to at the time, but I learned and have been an active volunteer since then. I am currently the 2nd VP of the AMTA-NJ Chapter and learning more than I could ever imagine about leadership and teamwork, which translates into success at my practice.

You're representing AMTA in the Boston Marathon on April 15!  How's training going?

I am so excited and honored to be representing AMTA on the Massage Therapy Foundation: Running for Research Boston Marathon Team. My team mates include Les Sweeney, President of AMBP and Tom Heidenberger, President of Bon Vital. Although we are training separately, together we share the common goal of increasing massage awareness and fundraising for the Massage Therapy Foundation

There have been a few bad days and some aches and pains, but most of my training has come along nicely. I have a lot of support from family, friends, the massage community, the MTF, and my teammates. For a woman who never cared for running before, I am loving every moment of this experience. You can read all about it on my blog: My Journey to Boston. Now I am asking for your assistance. Please help me reach my fundraising goal of $5,000 by making a donation to my CrowdRise Page. Every amount counts! Your contribution and support is appreciated!

» Support Kathy's fundraising efforts and the massage therapy profession! Donate by April 30.

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