Ryan Hoyme (aka MassageNerd), BCTMB

The massage profession didn’t choose me; my mom chose it for me. For a few years, my mom was getting regular massages to help her symptoms of fibromyalgia, and she kept bugging me to go to massage school. I resisted for a while, and then I finally decided to enroll in massage school (you eventually have to listen to you mom) – I’m glad I FINALLY listened to her.

Marla Hieger, BCTMB

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.

Ryan Witholt, LMT, BCTMB

Long before deciding to become a massage therapist, I was interested in healthcare. Specifically, I wanted to be a physician so I could help people heal.  In my final year as an undergraduate, I learned that my vision of medicine and helping people heal was not in alignment with the mainstream, pharmacology-based treatment model.  I finished my degree in biological psychology, but had no intention of continuing down the path of medical school.

Stacy Smith, LMT, BCTMB

In 2010, while on vacation (of course), I had a massage, nearly cried on the table—and couldn’t understand why. But afterward, when I got off the table, I felt amazing. I told my husband, who was getting his massage right after me, that I wanted to help other people feel this way. Six weeks later, I found myself in massage school.

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