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What Do Other MTs Think? I have been a certified massage therapist for 21 years, and for the past 17 years, I have had a full-time private practice that I love, but I acknowledge such work is isolating. In addition to private practice, 10 percent of my work is done as an employee of the Centura Health Integrative Medicine department at Longmont Hospital in Colorado. There, I get to work with many practitioners I used to teach with, and we all share the passion for helping guide massage therapy into the mainstream hospital setting. Our director is amazing, and she has cultivated a wonderful team whose skills in complementary and alternative medicine are unparalleled. One aspect that makes our team so unique is the depth of personal connection we have with each other. Many of us have been with the hospital for 15 years or more, so our roots with each other are deep. For the past 16 years, my massage trading partner and I have a regular monthly standing appointment with each other. We are not only colleagues but are also good friends. In addition to regularly helping support each other's self-care, we often connect between appointments, providing a sounding board for each other both professionally and personally. —Kala Spangler, LMT It's so important to know which environment best suits your personality. Currently, I balance a sole proprietorship with parenting and honestly, I need the quiet and calm of my office. I've also enjoyed polar opposite environments; bustling spas and busy massage locations. I was never lonely or short on laughs. The key is to know yourself, be authentic, and figure out what environment, or mix of energies, will help you thrive. —Joan Laubacher, LMT Yo u r M & B i s w o r t h 2 C E s ! G o t o w w w. a b m p . c o m / c e t o l e a r n m o r e . 67

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