Marla Hieger, BCTMB
How did you discover the massage therapy profession?
In my former career, I was an over-the-road truck driver. I drove long periods of time, and developed lower-back issues. I was at a time in my life that I wanted a career change, and thought massage might be a good choice—I wanted to help people feel better.
How did you develop your passion into a career?
I attended the Kansas Massage Institute in Topeka KS. It was a well-rounded school with instructors that took the time to help the students, and made sure the students understood the topics being presented. I am fortunate to have a successful massage business in the town in which I grew up. My clients are very supportive and encouraging. I find continuing education to be very valuable in my practice. It inspires me to think beyond my current thought process and try new techniques.
How has your career evolved?
I have a full-time practice in Wamego, Kansas. I serve a wide range of clients, from infant massage to geriatric massage. Most of my clients come in for therapeutic massage and specific work. I am currently studying CranialSacral Therapy in an effort to further serve my clients.
What does Board Certification mean to you?
Kansas does not require licensure, so Board Certification is important to me because it is the only credentialing that I can have. With that, I feel continuing education is essential for me to continue growing and sharpening my massage skills.
What does the future hold for you?
I am hoping to continue massaging and expanding my knowledge in the massage world. Each day is a new adventure.
How do you hope to see the massage therapy and bodywork profession evolve?
I think massage therapy and bodywork profession will continue to grow into and with the healthcare field. I see massage expanding into more and more healthcare facilities and being accepted as a first recommendation for pain before prescriptions.