Kelly Dixon graduated as valedictorian of her massage therapy
class at National University. Her speech was extraordinary, in that
she used her own story to show that massage therapists can indeed
be superheroes. How? By the dramatic effect they can have on the
lives of others.
Here are some excerpts from Kelly's speech:
"We start thinking about the
future so early in life. Dreaming of being princesses, superheroes,
doctors or astronauts. We are impatient to grow up and fulfill
those dreams … Somewhere along the way… we began to doubt
But during our time here at
National, some of that doubt has melted away…Through our hands we
have the potential to alter someone's reality. The very first time
we each hear those words "You have changed my life," it will hit us
hard, leaving us awestruck in the realization that we can have such
a profound effect on another individual….
Seven years ago I was living
with chronic pain and I didn't know it. It had come on so gradually
that I hardly noticed. I never consciously felt the pain, just the
effects. But then I got a massage and afterwards I sat in my car
and cried. I hadn't realized I hurt so much. When I had that
realization is when I decided to become a massage
So as we walk out the doors
today… let us also take a moment and embrace the fact that we do
powerful work. Let us embark upon this next chapter of our lives
with all the enthusiasm of a young child heading out of their room
towards the backyard wearing cape or crown because now we have
grown up to be something much more exciting than a princess or
batman. Wearethe superheroes. We may not save the damsel in
distress from the latest villain, but we will save the restaurant
servers who work all day from their sore backs. We will save nurses
from aching legs. And yes we will save college students everywhere
from tension headaches during not just midterms but finals as well,
becauseweare healers who will change lives.
Congratulations Kelly, and to all the future superheroes who
will graduate from National University!
October 19-25th is "Massage Therapy
Awareness Week." The health experts at National
University of Health Sciences want you to know the top five
health benefits of adding regular massage therapy to your health
and wellness strategy.
Massage therapy from a licensed practitioner can:
(source - American Massage
If you've never tried a massage for yourself, it's a great first
step to exploring a career as a massage therapist. If you
live in the Chicago area, why not schedule a massage session at our
NUHS Whole Health Center in Lombard? You can
even schedule a meeting with one of our admissions counselors prior to your
massage, so you can visit our campus and learn more about our massage
therapy certification program.
National University grad Karen Selph ('03) was recently featured
on a local television news segment on bringing the benefits of
massage therapy to severely ill children. Karen works as a massage
therapist at Maryville's Children's Healthcare Center in
Karen is just one of our grads who are
taking advantage of new applications for massage in an integrative
One fantastic career
opportunity for massage therapists is to work for a chiropractic
physician. DCs (doctors of chiropractic) love to offer patients the
option of massage therapy as a beneficial addition to their
treatment plan. Having a part-time massage therapist on-site as
part of their practice makes this easy and financially rewarding
for the DC as well as for the massage therapist.
The "Massage Book" blog has a great article called "How to Partner with a
Chiropractor". Many National University massage graduates
choose this option as either the focus of their career, or as a
part-time option in addition to a small practice of their own.
Here are more recommendations from an MT who works in a
If you want to work with DCs or other medical professionals,
there are many advantages in choosing National University for your
massage therapy education:
Preparing you to work in partnership with other medical
professionals is just one way National University gives you a career advantage in massage
Massage therapy is a field where person-to-person contact is
essential, but it isn't limited to the massage itself. That contact
happens from the minute the client phones for their first
appointment, when the therapist greets them at their session, and
how a therapist handles client questions throughout and after the
massage. Good communication skills are paramount to creating a
positive massage experience for the client and ultimately a
successful career for the therapist.
That's why National University is proud that several of its
staff and faculty recently attended courses on building
communication skills in massage students. Associated Bodywork and
Massage Professionals (ABMP) sponsored the workshop as part of
its "Instructor on the Front Lines" program.
NUHS instructors: (Back Row L-R) Joan Spencer, Krista Soli
Jennifer Dexheimer, Candy Washington, Dr. Nicole
(kneeling) Dr. Patricia Coe, Dr. Heather Wisniewski
"We explored topics such as communication styles, avoiding
communication blockers, and the importance of developing active
communication skills," says NUHS instructor
Candy Washington. "For example, some students are so accustomed
to texting as their main communication vehicle, they might forget
the importance of making eye contact with their clients."
"I really enjoyed the workshop on teaching methods where we
learned about story-telling and role-playing in the massage
classroom," Candy adds. "I can't wait to try role-playing in my
"Teaching our students to be better communicators will help them
forge better relationships both with future clients and other
health care providers, potentially building better inter-referral
networks. Better communication training is a great investment we
can bring back to our classrooms."
Learn more about the advantages NUHS offers to its massage
students at our upcoming massage
therapy information night.
• Why Choose NUHS for Massage Therapy?
• Leading Experts Make Better Massage Teachers
• Meet MT Program Graduate Ecktor
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