Today's Bodywork Buddy member spotlight is Rosibel Kersjes of Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Q: What inspired you to be a massage therapist?
A: A friend of mine offered me the opportunity to become an Esthetician and work at her spa. I soon realized that my favorite thing about doing a facial was giving clients a shoulders, neck and face massage. However, I personally never had a massage before, so I scheduled my first massage. I could not believe how great I felt afterwords!! By then I was convinced that I was going to become a MT.
Q: How long have you been doing massage?
A: 5 years
Q: What is your favorite thing about being an MT?
A: It is helping people find physical, mental and even emotional relief. It amazes me how somebody can come in my office looking tired, drained, sad or worn out and leave looking refreshed and happy. I also enjoy learning about the human body, we are all similar and unique at the same time, which makes my work always interesting. We are definitely "wonderfully made."
Q: What do you feel is the most challenging issue for massage therapists?
A: If you run your own practice like myself, I would say that the most challenging issue is to find the balance between being an exceptional therapist and a good business person. You have to take CE classes, read literature, do research and study in order to become skillful at your craft while doing marketing, accounting, secretarial work and so on.
Q: What advice would you give to other MT’s to help build their business?
A: Be passionate about what you do. Human touch is very powerful, your clients will be able to feel through your touch if you love what you do. Your hands will tell them, without words, how much you want to help them...whether if you care or not.
I find that the best way to remain passionate for what we do is to get bodywork ourselves. It is amazing how getting a good massage can make you fall in love with your profession again. I also recommend taking CE classes to become a better therapist. If you combine compassion with great bodywork techniques, the results will be happy clients who not only will continuously book appointments but refer more clients to you.
Finally, take the time to listen to your clients and make sure that you address their needs. Remember to be flexible and adaptable. Be humble and willing to accept honest feedback and constructive criticism.