Massage & Bodywork

July/August 2012

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SPEAK YOUR MIND If you're complementing your massage career, what are you doing? And why? A Bus Driver, a Software Engineer, and a Nursing Assistant I am a bus driver for Sarasota County. Massage therapy is my passion, but because of my age, I need insurance and pension benefi ts. TERESA PERKINS SARASOTA, FLORIDA I am a senior software test engineer who chose to go into massage after being laid off in 2008. I now work two careers, software testing and massage therapy, and have a balanced right- and left-brain existence. I can do a lot of solitary work that provides health insurance and a decent salary, then leave to go to my totally people-centric world of massage. This is pure relaxation and joy, and a very fulfi lling path for me. KATHLEEN JENKS RALEIGH/ DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA For about 15 years, I complemented my massage career with a full-time job at a bank. I never knew that full- time massage was available until I started working at Massage Envy. It's like a dream come true, because I really didn't want to go back to corporate America. SHIRLEY FIELDS PLYMOUTH MEETING, PENNSYLVANIA I complement massage therapy with 5–7 yoga classes each week, as well as holistic health counseling, reiki, and Therapeutic Touch. It seems the people who practice yoga and massage clients are more in tune to healthy living. JEAN MARIE SEFCOVIC SCHENECTADY, NEW YORK I've chosen to enroll in a full-time cosmetology program so that I can complement my massage practice with natural, nontoxic hair and nail treatments, body treatments, and, of course, hair cuts. I see a need for a more holistic, natural, and benefi cial combination of wellness and beauty services, and I aim to offer that when I graduate. ANNA GAYHEART MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, OHIO I work two days a week at a rural pain- management clinic as a contractor providing massage therapy to patients. It's been an interesting (and free) education, and until my practice gets up and running to sustain me, I will continue here. JULIE CREIGHTON LOS BANOS, CALIFORNIA Upcoming Topics After a busy week of delivering hands-on work to your clients, what do you do to rejuvenate yourself? Deadline: August 15 Publication Date: November/ December 2012 If you had a massage superpower, what would it be? Deadline: October 15 Publication Date: January/February 2013 Celebrate ABMP's 25th anniversary and you may win a refund on your membership. 15

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