Training and Professional Associations
National Holistic Institute is known for excellence in massage therapy education. Unlike many training schools, NHI only teaches massage. The 900 hour core program far exceeds the required 500 hour minimum and covers numerous types of massage, body mechanics, anatomy, kinesiology, pathology, business, and ethics. Throughout the duration of the core program, students participate in the student clinic and work at approved externships. Additionally, NHI offers a 450 hour continuing ed Advanced Neuromuscular Therapy program, for a possible total of 1350 training hours. This is my massage education.
At this time, California does not require certification to work as a massage therapist, though legitimate massage employers and many cities do. To become a Certified Massage Therapist, the therapist must have at least 500 hours of training, they must be cleared by a background check (livescan), and they must pass the MBLEx. Certification lasts for two years and is renewable as long as the CMT stays current. There is no nationally portable certification or licensing. A CMT must be certified or licensed in each state they work in. My CAMTC certificate number is 71194, and it is current through 8/5/2018.
The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) is the oldest professional association in the massage industry. Membership is acquired through purchasing one of their liability insurance plans. AMTA is an amazing resource for all things massage, whether you're looking for a school to attend, a therapist in your area, or news and research relating to the field.
Massage therapy is not my first career. I earned a B.A. in Linguistics from California State University, Fullerton in 2002, after which I taught in a couple K-8 schools and worked for a local Chamber of Commerce. I've been in enough different roles to know that massage is where I want to be.
I am in the process of becoming Board Certified. Once I have reached this goal, maintaining that certification requires the fulfillment of Continuing Education Units every other year. To me, Board Certification is not merely another achievement. Rather, it is a commitment to keep growing and to stay at the cutting edge of the massage industry.
Making the world just a little better is one of my core values. To that end, I have been involved in volunteer work since I was a child, including a term in the US Peace Corps (Philippines, 2012-2014).