My journey in massage therapy began in 1977. I had just finished a year-long training. As I was leaving, my new roommate was a new massage therapy graduate, and asked if he could practice on me. I remember encouraging him that, “If you want to be really good at this, you should practice as much as possible!”
My journey started after art school with a trip around the world--studying yoga and Ayurvedic massage in the Himalayas of India and tai chi in China. I returned to the U.S. devoting years to furthering my study of the human body, including taking the pre-med courses and working in a cadaver lab. During this time, I took night classes and became a certified massage therapist through NCBTMB.
Elizabeth Kirkland, more commonly known as Liz, is a current NCBTMB Approved Continuing Education Provider and a passionate massage therapist since 1984. She has been licensed in the United States since 1995, where she took the NCBTMB test as a state licensee in Florida.
I am now in my twenty-third year as a massage therapist. Before I was called into this profession in 1990, I didn't know the first thing about massage and I had never in my life received a massage. It was truly a calling to find my life's work. I had no idea what this journey would entail when I decided to go to massage school. All I knew was that I had been drawn to become a massage therapist—the rest is history… And what an amazing journey it has been.
Drawn to Atlanta
As massage therapists are seeking ways to enter the healthcare arena, massage educators are aligning massage therapy curricula for a forecasted increase in healthcare related jobs. One of those programs is the massage therapy program at Central Carolina Technical College. The massage therapy department has made substantial leaps in its short existence of five years in its rural Sumter, South Carolina location. Central Carolina Technical College, founded in 1962, is one of sixteen colleges in the South Carolina Technical College System.