I started my teaching career January 2001, and it was the scariest thing I’ve ever done! I was hired on a Friday, received my books that day, and started teaching on Monday. Let’s just say I didn’t sleep at all that weekend before I started, because I was reading all the books. That first week of teaching, I kept asking advice from other instructors, and I got 100’s of different opinions on how to teach.
For the first month I taught right out of the book, will minimal lab in a technique class. I only did it that way, because the person in charge of the massage program at that time told me it worked for her. After that first month, I started to feel more comfortable and decided to add my flair. Well, that was not acceptable to the Director of the program, and she kept having meetings with me to change the way I was teaching.
I was disappointed by most of the massage technique books at the time, that there were hardly any photos and mostly text. How can you teach a technique class, with no instructions on how to perform massage techniques? I decided to change that and started developing more techniques, besides the ones I already knew. I first drew the techniques (Not the greatest artist), but I knew what I was teaching, and it was easier for the students to remember them. After a few years of using my drawings in one of my classes, I decided to up my game and took photos of the techniques. That worked well, but some of my students were still having a hard time remembering them. My last phase was to shoot videos of the techniques (2005). Videos worked great, and I finally covered all my bases, so that my students could remember them.
I quit teaching April 2012 to start working from home – managing social media accounts for many companies (The only reason I quit teaching, was because the director of the school was thinking about cutting the massage program). It was a lot of fun working from home for the first few months, but then I noticed it was hard turning work off when I work from home. I typically put in 14 hour days, and that was wearing me down. My kids even text me…when they’re at home with me. I’m more of an introvert, but I still need to be around people.
Just a few months ago, a cosmetology school that was going to be starting a massage therapy program contacted me – and just last week that dream came true…I’m going to start teaching again! I will continue working for the companies I now work for…plus adding more content to MassageNerd.com (Because I LOVE what I do), but I’ve had this small void in my heart for the past 3+ years, and it’s time to fill it with teaching! The ONLY reason I started MassageNerd in 2006, was for my students and I will continue giving them the best education I can. Sleep, who needs sleep???
On a lighter note, my Wife wants me to get out of the house more.