My guest today is Elaine Reilly from Bailieborough, Co. Cavan.
Elaine has very kindly given up her time to share with us a little piece about herself and her work as a massage therapist.
My business Seol Beo, has really taken off this year and I have recently moved my practice from home into town. I now work from the Leisure Centre in Bailieborough. My therapy room is warm and cosy and situated in a quiet private part of the leisure centre. It’s actually a wonderful place for clients to receive a treatment as they have the option of using the leisure centre facilities before their massage treatment.
Although a massage in itself is extremely beneficial, it can be even more therapeutic when the body is exposed to other relaxing treatments such as, hot baths or ‘hot room’ sessions prior to the massage. Having a relaxing session in a sauna, steam room or a jacuzzi, is an excellent way to prepare the body for a massage. The heat relaxes and softens the muscles making them more responsive to the treatment. It improves the circulation and helps the body to detox, therefore speeding up the process during the massage.
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Where It All Began For Me
I qualified as a Holistic Massage Therapist in June 2012. I did my training in Green Tara College in Navan. It was a one year part time course, one weekend day a month, and a couple of full weekends to squeeze in all the other good stuff. I really loved this college and the people in it were amazing – always there when you needed a hand, an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on.
Before I enrolled on the course, I went to visit the college and I remember feeling an immediate connection to the place. It was a calming and relaxed environment and It was then that I made the decision to join the course.
I had done a lot of courses over the years but this particular one just seemed to fall into place in my life at the right time and I grabbed it with both hands.
The biggest challenge for me as a student, was that I was 36 years old when I started, I was a wife, a mother to a beautiful little girl and I was holding down a part time receptionist job in the local leisure centre. But the fact that I only had to attend the college one day a month made it a bit easier for me, as it meant that I had plenty of time to get the assessment work done and handed in on time.
One compulsory and very important component of the training with Green Tara is ‘Energy Awareness’. It teaches you to protect yourself from all the stress and tension you are releasing from your clients and how not to bring it all with you when you leave your treatment rooms.
My advice to anyone who is thinking of training as a therapist is this:
- Look into all the colleges close by. Visit them and check out all aspects. You will know which one is right for you just like I did.
- Make sure before you take it on that you have space for it in your life. You want to be able to give it your all without burning yourself out because if that happens, you will be of little use to anyone.
- Look after yourself mentally and physically
- Make time for meditation, it will keep you grounded and happy.
- You need to be caring and kind if you are considering this line of work. Sometimes when people come for a treatment, you may be the only person they have confided in about a problem. It’s important to take care with this, be gentle. Confidentiality is also important.
- As a therapist you need to be gentle in touch but firm at the same time.
- Your treatment room needs to reflect the need for calm and quiet.
- All of this and more will give your client a reason to come back to you.
For anyone interested in this line of work, go for it…. I would really recommend it. I had a great time getting to know the other students on the course but I also got to know myself. It was an awakening for me in many ways!
I have lots of wonderful clients – some I see on a regular basis, some a couple of times a year. The main hassle I had was the whole male idea of what some of then thought a massage entailed. The tv programme “Love Hate” had a lot to do with this !!!!! It really annoyed me, but I soon learned to ignore them.
I really love my work as a therapist and I would like to add to my training with maybe indian head massage or reflexology. I enjoy all the different personalities that walk through my door – strangers coming for their first treatment or friends leaving after the block of treatment is finished !! One particular incident I found most amazing was when one of my clients came to me very stressed out and at the end of her tether. She didn’t have a physical ailment but found that the massage and the time out really worked for her. She comes to see me now on a regular basis. Her body and mind tell her when it is time. After a couple of sessions, it was a like a different woman coming back to see me.
I love to make a difference because I feel life is hard enough without carrying extra baggage.
How would I describe myself?
Well, I have been told I’m a good listener, I’m the middle child in our house so I’m the problem solver. I am a little shy and probably over think stuff A LOT !! Love to talk, dance and sing !! Sound a bit mad really ..lol
So as they say .. That’s a wrap !!
Elaine, thank you so much for taking time to share with us a part of your life and experience as a massage therapist. I am sure that anyone thinking about pursing a career in holistic therapies, will have lots to think about and will feel inspired and motivated by your story.
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