"My favorite part of my job is helping those in pain seek some relief," says Julie Alexander, a Texas local who works for two spas and owns a mobile massage business. "In the spas, I like being able to enjoy the stress-free environment. With my mobile massage business, I like the flexibility it provides me to do my job when and where I choose."
What led you to pursue your career in massage therapy?
My parents used to tell me I should do massage for a living. I didn't listen to them and earned a business degree instead. After years of working in the corporate world as a marketing professional, I realized I was not happy. My life was way too stressful and not rewarding. So, I looked into massage therapy school.
What types of education have aided in your success?
At the beginning of my massage therapy career, I was only taking CEs to fulfill my requirements to renew my license. Once I joined AMTA to attend the National Convention in Raleigh last year, I realized that CEs play a much larger role in my career and success than I originally thought. One of the first classes I took focused on how to avoid lawsuits and I was really enlightened by this class. It helped me understand the value of my AMTA membership and insurance. It also reminded me of the importance of taking good SOAP notes!
What do you enjoy most about your current work environment?
I am currently working in a spa environment for two different spas. I work for the Omni Dallas downtown and a privately owned spa in Richardson called The Spa at II Creeks. I also have my own mobile massage therapy business called To Your Door Massage. I enjoy spoiling my clients in this very stressful world.
How has being an AMTA member impacted your career?
AMTA has given me a place to meet other massage therapists that are experiencing or have experienced the same challenges that I face every day in my career. Whether it's a challenge with a specific client or another type of work challenge, it helps to be able to talk to others who have overcome these same situations. It's also great to trade massages and share trade secrets. The events have also been a good way to learn. For example, I would have never taken an orthopedic massage class had it not been offered at an event included in our AMTA membership cost.
What are you most looking forward to at this year’s National Convention?
I'm looking forward to the AMTA National Convention in Fort Worth for so many reasons. I can't wait to see people I met at the CVOP event that I attended this past summer. I hope to also help revive my love for massage and remind myself that I'm not just a "massage machine." The classes will help me learn new techniques that I'm hoping to incorporate into my practice on a regular basis. Since the convention is local to me this year, I'm looking forward to some great deals with the vendors.
What should attendees be sure to check out in Texas?
Texas has its own culture and pride. I love the state's diversity and how the Mexican culture has influenced the food, design and the attitude.
The one must-see in Fort Worth is the stockyards. The Texas Chapter host event happens to be the Stampede at the Stockyards, which will give the attendees the perfect time to visit and experience the true "Texas style." It provides attendees with a place to eat some wonderful Texas and Mexican food, buy a good set of cowboy boots, see the cowboy hall of fame, experience a cattle drive and a real Texas rodeo, enjoy a Texas beer, and much more!
There's still time to join AMTA in Fort Worth, September 25-28! Don't miss out—check out all that the AMTA 2013 National Convention has to offer!