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The Radical RMT

The Radical RMT

By Krista Dicks
Join Krista Dicks, an RMT for over a decade as she chats with fellow massage therapists about their achievements beyond the massage practice and becoming authors, world explorers, performers, artists, business owners etc. If you are smarter, work harder, and want better than the average, then welcome to...The Radical RMT.
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Bro, Do You Even Refer Out?
When you have a full schedule and your client really needs a massage, do you refer to one of your colleagues?  When you have reached a plateau with your client's progress, do you introduce them to another healthcare professional that may be able to break the cycle?  How do you extend your professional reach and build a network of allied healthcare members that will work together to provide exceptional care for your client? Do you hear massage therapists refer to clients as "my" clients?  Check out this solo episode with just me and my rambling heart to learn more about why you should be referring out to other massage therapists and healthcare professionals.  If you like this episode, you should also check out these episodes of The Radical RMT: #029 Fat Positive Wellness with Jamie Boer #009 Dr. Melanie Stewart  Contact Krista Dicks @theradicalrmt
April 25, 2021
#030 Self Care: Randi Kay, Massage Therapist, Yoga Instructor.
"We have to approach our healing day to day; moment to moment if we are going to change who we are over time." - Randi Kay ... This episode features Randi Kay, a massage therapist and yoga instructor from Fargo, North Dakota who helps her clients discover intuitive healing that leads to the best self-care for their body. She has her own podcast called “Simple Self-care” where she interviews guests and shares her own wisdom on simplifying,  seasonal living, and intelligent body awareness. She has been featured on "The Minimalists" podcast and I am grateful to have the opportunity to speak with her. Please enjoy this episode with Randi Kay! Learn more about Randi Kay...
July 5, 2020
The Radical RMT Podcast: Batching Tasks to Stay in Control of Your Time
This is a short episode with me, Krista; the host of The Radical RMT Podcast!  On The Radical RMT podcast, I not only want to share the stories, advice, and routines of Radical RMTs but, I would also like to share with you the useful tips, and habits that I have learned along the way to help me create my own version of living a Radical RMT lifestyle and I hope it may be useful to you as well.  This episode is about Batching!  I explain the benefits of batching the same tasks together  Why we should stop giving our limited time and attention to each individual task as it comes up I  share my own version of how I batch tasks weekly What bad habit am I guilty of doing almost daily Please let me know if you found this episode helpful or share your own version of batching with me Thanks so much for listening, and I hope you have an awesome day! 
June 21, 2020
#029 Fat Positive Wellness: Jamie Boer, RMT
Content Warning: This episode includes topics of weight, eating disorders, and diet culture. ... “All bodies have pain- big and small. All sizes can experience pain and a lot of the time it doesn’t have to do with your weight” - Jamie Boer, RMT ... Jamie Boer, RMT recently opened a welcoming massage space for everyBODY!  She is the owner of Eastwood Wellness Co in Toronto, Canada, and she encourages a massage clinic that provides a safe place to receive a massage with no judgments,  no body shaming, and no unsolicited advice.  As a woman with a bigger body she has had her own experiences of feeling judged by health care practitioners and in her ten years as an RMT she never quite felt like she "fit in" wherever she was working.  When she was given the opportunity to open her own clinic, she knew that nothing felt more right.  Listen to Jamie's story about radical self-acceptance, why chairs without armrests in your waiting room are important, and why we as RMTs need to remember what is in our scope of practice- and what is not when it comes to our opinion of a "healthy body".  Please enjoy and share this episode!
June 11, 2020
#028 Adventures from Karen's Clinic: Karen Munro-Caple, RMT
“I find humour a really quick way to connect and a quick way to find out about my client” - Karen Munro-Caple ... If you have been an RMT for even a short amount of time it is likely you have noticed a very relatable cartoon called "Adventures from Karen's Clinic."  This episode introduces you to the woman behind the cartoon and how it came to be a monthly feature of the RMTAO "Friday File"  Karen was in animation for over 20 years working in Canada and Internationally creating some of the most beloved cartoons you may have grown up with such as The Racoons, Scooby-Doo, and Inspector Gadget.  Learn how and why she became a Registered Massage Therapist and why she loves being her own boss!  Karen is an advocate for creativity, joy, and finding the humour even with serious topics like pain or a pandemic.  I hope you enjoy listening to this episode! I enjoyed creating it!  ...
May 28, 2020
#027 The Massage Therapy Podcast: Heather Rivers, RMT and Nicole Andrews, RMT
"If we can impact positively on one person's life then we've won in our minds!" -Heather Rivers and Nicole Andrews. The Massage Therapy Podcast ... I was very excited to connect virtually with Heather and Nicole about their very own podcast "The Massage Therapy Podcast" where they discuss the latest in Massage Therapy, health care, and more.  These two are colleagues with over 13 years of experience and now podcast partners who are both passionate about the massage profession and they love to teach and educate to both massage therapists and to show clients a behind the scenes view about what life is like as an RMT. The podcast also gives them an opportunity to share their opinions over a cup of tea! I'm in!  Please enjoy this episode! I also had the pleasure to be on The Massage Therapy Podcast! You can check out that episode HERE
May 21, 2020
#026: Learn More and Prolong Your Career. Zephyr Samchuck, RMT
"People are always really excited for you to try and better yourself and to try and learn the end of the day it’s going to help your clients and you’re going to be more fulfilled and happier from it." - Zephyr Samchuck ... Zephyr became an RMT in 2014 and has attracted a steady clientele in only a few years. She is a mom who feels that the massage career has been the biggest blessing to allow for the flexibility of her schedule.  As she progresses in her career she was thinking about the importance of her own self-care and how she could maintain her practice for another twenty years.  She is now two years into a four-year program studying towards her M.OMSc (Manipulative Osteopathic Sciences) at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy in Hamilton, ON. Zephyr lives in Ottawa and commutes to Hamilton for a week once a month to complete her training while committing the other 3 weeks to her massage practice.  While Zephyr was in massage therapy college she worked part-time as the receptionist for Align Massage Therapy. The experience gave her first-hand observation as a massage therapy student and a sense of what the career would eventually look like, especially the relationship between client and therapist. She was able to ask questions directly to RMTs in the field and bonus, she became part of the team upon completing her registration! I hope you enjoy this episode with Zephyr :)
May 14, 2020
#025 Right Place Right Time. Shawn Markwick, RMT
“It seems to be the story of my life; right place at the right time” - Shawn Markwick, RMT  ... Shawn Markwick is in his 25th year as a Registered Massage Therapist and this year it will be his 14th season with the NHL as the Ottawa Senators' massage therapist.  He taught massage therapy for 7 years and was one of my massage therapy instructors. He loves to teach and share his knowledge, encouraging collaboration between all healthcare professions.  He is an excellent mentor in the profession.  He worked with Team Canada for the World Championships 2014 in Belarus and also works with Cirque Du Soleil when they are in town (and when his schedule permits). He is a passionate RMT dedicated to helping each and every one of his clients to feel better, which can often lead to a 10 hour massage day. His schedule is full during hockey season which can have him working 80 hour weeks between touring and seeing massage clients at two separate clinics.  When he is not traveling or working, he is helping out at home with his wife Angela and his 3 children Lindsay, Emma, and Ben. "Right place at the right time" may be how Shawn feels he has come into some incredible career opportunities but, in this episode, you will also learn that he is one of the hardest working RMTs who has truly earned them. I hope you enjoy!
May 7, 2020
#024 Slow Medicine Company. Megan Hoskins, RMT.
"I named my company in a way that reminded me to slow down and kept me researching ways to slow down so that I could share it with other people." - Megan Hoskins  Megan Hoskins, owner of Slow Medicine company is a Registered Massage Therapist since 2004 and a yoga instructor with over 26 years of experience.  Her business is located in Toronto and it brings wellness programs into the workplace to encourage movement. She also created online programming so it would be more accessible and affordable.  During this time of Covid-19 she stays connected to her community by offering massage training for couples on Instagram Live and a hydration challenge on her website. She encourages other massage therapists to consider what other skills you can offer or to learn a new skill during this time that ties in but, could pivot your business.  She is a wife and a mother of 2 young boys.  It was a pleasure speaking with Megan, and I hope you enjoy this episode!
April 30, 2020
#023 Silver Linings. Kat Pugliese, RMT, Singer, Songwriter, Musician.
"You will always find a subtle sparkle if you keep your eyes open" - Kat Pugliese ... Kat Pugliese brings an uplifting tone to this episode as we discuss "balance" between her massage therapy career and creating as a musician, singer, and songwriter.  Her new EP "Found" is available on all music platforms!  She is a certified yoga instructor which gives her valuable tools to teach her massage clients home care.  Kat encourages self-care as self-love and shares her own go to's and recommendations for massage therapists during this time.  Ashiatsu therapy is one of her main techniques and she loves it as something unique to offer her clients.   Listen to the episode to learn more about Kat! Enjoy!
April 23, 2020
#022 Connecting. Ian Kamm, RMT, Teacher.
"This is an opportunity for us collectively to reassure our clients and the general public that we are doing everything we can to take their health and safety into account" - Ian Kamm, RMT ... Ian has over 23 years of experience in and around massage therapy and his passion for the profession is not letting up.  He has an excellent reputation among RMTs for his courses held in favourable warm destinations (Vegas, Turks and Caicos, Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and more). He also teaches at Sutherland Chan helping to bring the next wave of RMTs into the world with some business sense.  He has an innate ability to explain the complicated or confusing and he thrives on it. He says that teaching has helped him to develop this skill and he is often sought out for his explanations not only by his students but, the general RMT population as well.  Ian works in his own clinic and has a loyal clientele who will gladly drive across the city of Toronto for his signature techniques.  Ian not only finds opportunities to travel for his courses but, he loves running and triathlons so when he can, he loves to do both in one destination!  I was very excited to chat with Ian and I hope you enjoy this episode!
April 16, 2020
#021 Balance. Annie Milović. Massage Therapist, UK
"I wanted to feel that satisfaction that I got from massage in a way that you don't get when you're doing an office job" - Annie Milović ... Annie Milović considers herself Canadian even after 21 years of living in Edinburgh, Scotland. She works part-time as a massage therapist out of her home and works flexible hours as a civil servant for Scotland. She used to be a political adviser on Parliament Hill in Ottawa and it never occurred to her that she could be a massage therapist.  Annie loves learning and seeks out opportunities to learn which is how she discovered the benefits of giving a massage though she had always been getting them before.  She describes the way her work life is balanced between the little control she has at her office job and the complete control she has over her massage practice. We talk about the job satisfaction one gets from massage in a way that you don't get at an office job. How does her day differ in Scotland compared to Canada and how does the massage profession match up to Canadian trained RMTs?  She has even inspired a few of her co-workers to give their own interests a go and see that maybe it's not that scary after all.  I hope you enjoy this chat with Annie Milović!
April 2, 2020
#020 Recovery. Marty Royal, Pro Sports Massage Therapist, UK
“Having individual modalities available, you can actually individualize the course of treatment.” - Marty Royal ... Marty Royal is a sports massage therapist practicing for 15 years in England and works with football clubs combining his hands-on time with complementary modalities such as compression therapy and cryotherapies. These modalities improve recovery time with athletes and help Marty be more efficient with his soft tissue and deep tissue therapy. He is a full-time firefighter and wants to transfer to more therapy time once he retires. I hope you enjoy this episode with Marty Royal.
March 19, 2020
Part II of The Most Technologically Advanced RMT in Canada. Scott Grisewood, RMT.
Technology is here for better or worse. Evidence-based practitioners will take an interest in measurement and technology.
March 5, 2020
Q & A with Emily Burns, RMT
"If you want to feel really good about yourself, then open your own business"- Emily Burns, RMT ... Emily started her career path in massage therapy after deciding that her undergrad and future in psychology would mostly be research-based when what she really wanted to do was work with people. She has recently transitioned from an independent contractor to working for herself in her own space and she loves that “[she] gets to do what [she] wants and nobody cares.” From her undergrad days she was interested in brain injuries, and head and neck trauma which is what she enjoys treating most in her practice. After she experienced her own concussion in 2016 and works on her own recovery, she has more tools and confidence to help her own clients who also have concussions. She is a wine nerd and is pursuing courses which may lead to a second career as a sommelier. Emily is teaching in the massage therapy program and wants her students to be good massage therapists, not just have a goal to pass the exams. ​We talk about negotiating as a woman, touch on applying minimalism when making a career decision and also how women gravitate towards caring professions and it seems expected that we should give more without compensation. I hope you tune in to this episode and enjoy learning more!
February 27, 2020
#019 Be The One Making The Final Decisions. Emily Burns, RMT.
"I think the best massage therapists are problem solvers" - Emily Burns, RMT ... Emily started her career path in massage therapy after deciding that her undergrad and future in psychology would mostly be research based when what she really wanted to do was work with people. She has recently transitioned from independent contractor to working for herself in her own space and she loves that “[she] gets to do what [she] wants and nobody cares.” From her undergrad days she was interested in brain injuries, and head and neck trauma which is what she enjoys treating most in her practice. After she experienced her own concussion in 2016 and works on her own recovery, she has more tools and confidence to help her own clients who also have concussions. She is a wine nerd and is pursuing courses which may lead to a second career as a sommelier. Emily is teaching in the massage therapy program and wants her students to be good massage therapists, not just have a goal to pass the exams. ​We talk about negotiating as a woman, touch on applying minimalism when making a career decision and also how women gravitate towards caring professions and it seems expected that we should give more without compensation. I hope you tune in to this episode and enjoy learning more!
February 20, 2020
#018 The Most Technologically Advanced RMT in Canada. Scott Grisewood, RMT.
"I'm more let's get in the trenches and get our hands dirty and do the best job we can to get people's lives turned around!" - Scott Grisewood, RMT ... Scott Grisewood has been a Registered Massage Therapist since 1994. He was one of the first practitioners to introduce Shockwave Therapy in Canada and developed his own treatment approach using this new technology on his massage clients. Now, he travels around the world treating hundreds of professional and amateur athletes with his "portable human performance lab." This includes a few key pieces of equipment that give him precise assessment results that help in his treatments and it provides key information to the athlete, coach, and trainer. ​Scott owns Shockwave Therapy Centre in Barrie, Ontario, Canada and enjoys living close to his family which now includes some grandchildren. The technology that Scott uses is fascinating and I hope you enjoy hearing about it maybe for your own practice, or because you can help direct a patient/client to someone using this same technology to help them breakthrough an injury or to reach the next level in training. It is also a nice reminder of how fortunate we are as massage therapists to apply our knowledge and skills in ways that are outside the box.  Also, check out Part II of this episode where Scott covers more about the technologies and why we should embrace them as evidence based practitioners!
February 6, 2020
#017 Taking a break may solidify your passion for massage. Sandra Rosten, MT
"I knew if I wanted to do this again and do it for as long as possible, I knew I would need to pace myself" - Sandra Rosten ... Feeling burnt out emotionally and physically from your massage career? Curious about what it would look like if you took some time off from your practice and tried a new career path? Would it solidify your decision to leave massage therapy? Or would it solidify your passion for it? Sandra (Sandy) Rosten has been practicing as a massage therapist in the province of Manitoba for 16 years now. But, there was a time that she wasn’t pacing herself and she wasn’t sure how long she could keep up. She was raising a family, running her massage practice from home and she was having a hard time saying “no” to appointments. She allowed herself to step away from massage and try something different. Would it mean she would leave massage forever? She would only know if she took the leap! I hope you enjoy hearing her story.
January 23, 2020
#016 Your Personal Growth and Development Journey. Richard J Platt. Massage Success Mindset
"If a goal doesn't scare and excite you at the same time, then it's probably not worth doing and it's not an audacious goal" - Richard J Platt ... Richard J Platt is a retired massage therapist and clinical hypnotherapist. He is a published author and business success coach who currently lives in Vancouver BC. Welcome to 2020 friends! It is time to embark on your personal growth and development journey! Not sure how to get started? I am excited to introduce Richard who is passionate about helping massage therapists create audacious career goals and create a clearly defined plan to get there. In this episode, you will learn how it is easier than you may think to create the massage practice and lifestyle of your dreams. Check out this episode with Richard and please see his resources below to go even further!
January 2, 2020
Q & A. Nathan Walton, RMT.
Nathan's Workday routine.  Why His library card was a worthwhile investment.  His advice to engage in learning beyond RMT related material and more...
December 26, 2019
#015 Get Your Fix. Mobility Junkie Livia Pellerin, RMT
“I have this motto, that I don’t want to get to my grave and feel like I didn’t accomplish my dreams” - Livia Pellerin, RMT ... Livia is an RMT who works with the Rolf method and specifically helps CrossFit athletes improve their results with a combination of hands-on techniques and hands-on time teaching mobility Remex. She has a background as a professional dancer for 15 years, started massage therapy on the Quebec side, and then became an RMT in Ontario. In addition to her practice here in Ottawa, she offers online coaching. Please enjoy this conversation with Livia.
December 19, 2019
#014 Find your tribe. Obstacle Course Race Dude Nathan Walton, RMT
“One of the best things about our scope (massage) is the optimization”- Nathan Walton, RMT ... Nathan has been an RMT since 2007. He is a husband and a father and he keeps busy while having fun with his massage practice, kettlebell training, fitness coaching, and teaching.  Nathan has completed over 60 obstacle course races since 2011. In the year 2017, he ran 22 races! In August of 2019 he participated in his 9th Tough Mudder and also volunteers at these events.  He has also participated in the Obstacle Course Race Championships 2017/2018 in his age category (40-44). He has great advice on the importance of balancing work with play and can apply the broader principles of skill across subjects whether it be as an RMT, a student, or in training. I really enjoyed my conversation with Nathan and I hope you do too!
December 12, 2019
#013 City Gone Country. Chelsea St. Denis, RMT. Homesteading. Home Practice. Mom Life. Chickens!
I worked really hard those first few years and it's all paid off now. - Chelsea St. Denis, RMT ... Chelsea has been an RMT since 2013 and she works from her home in Winchester Ontario. She is married with 2 children, Mcluvin the dog, and some hens. Her family has gone from city to country living and so has her practice. In this conversation we talk about patient loyalty, homesteading, juggling work and motherhood, as well as her preferred technique in indie head massage, and her work on the abdominals and TMJ. Please enjoy this episode with Chelsea St. Denis!
December 5, 2019
#012 Andree-Anne Rusaw, RMT, RVT: Pursuing her passion of helping animals, visiting all seven continents before the age of 30, and realizing that massage is the best career for her lifestyle!
"You just gotta listen to your heart, to what you feel you want to do to make you happy, and that's been the best thing I've learned in this adventure" - Andree-Anne Rusaw ... Andree-Anne Rusaw has been a Registered Massage Therapist since 2010 and struggled initially with the idea of being self-employed with unstable income and wondered how it would give her the life she envisioned. With guidance from her family she pursued her passion to work with animals and started a second career as a Registered vet tech. She is now a teacher with College Boreal and travels to volunteer her skills with animals in need. Andree-Anne also loves to travel for fun and has been to all 7 continents and she has visited a total of 25 countries before she has even turned 30. She has come full circle to realize that she has the dream job as a massage therapist with above average income potential, flexibility to take time off, and the freedom to alter her schedule. She is more open to live in the moment and see how life unfolds instead of setting specific timelines for her life goals. Please enjoy this episode with Andree Anne Rusaw!
June 20, 2019
#011 Kathleen De Jesus-Gauthier: Athletic Therapy and Massage Therapy background, seizing opportunities, recovering from injuries, and working with your hands, your head, and your heart
"I think the idea of building something that outlasts me is pretty cool" - Kathleen De Jesus-Gauthier ... Kathleen has been a Registered Massage Therapist since 2016 but, before she did her certification as an RMT, she started as an Athletic Therapist in 2004! Realizing that more insurance coverage was available for massage therapy she completed her massage therapy diploma in 2 years at Algonquin college while also working as an Athletic Therapist on and off the field, raising a family, AND playing varsity rugby. She has just opened her own clinic called Return to Play Therapy which is really about getting everyone back to whatever “play” means to them. She is committed to lifelong learning and wants to provide the most diverse experience for her clients. She knows from experience that if everyone works hard, they can achieve what they want in life! On her downtime she enjoys reading and spending time with her family and she is also working her hands creatively by trying woodcarving. She ultimately wants to create something of great quality that will outlast her- I feel that she will achieve this in many ways in her life and I hope she inspires you to do the same. Please enjoy this episode with Kathleen De Jesus-Gauthier!
June 13, 2019
#010 Helene Letourneau, RMT- Professional figure skater with Disney on Ice, Manifesting the life you want, Recognizing burnout, and more...
“In life, I generally try to live the best version of myself”- Helene Letourneau, RMT ... Helene Letourneau was a huge inspiration for this podcast and I am so excited for you to hear her story. Helene has been a registered massage therapist since 2013 and she is an example of making your dreams come true as she pursued the life of a professional figure skater with Disney on Ice. She skated with Disney on Ice for 3 years and traveled to 25 countries, meeting new and exciting people along the way. She shares how she made this dream a reality and how it eventually brought her to live in London, England working as an RMT. We discuss burnout, what to do, and what to watch out for. Helene shares the importance of doing what makes you happy each day as it will lead to your purpose and the importance of self-care. Helene is now back in her home of Ottawa, Ontario and is focusing on her next steps to manifest her dreams professionally and personally. Please enjoy this episode with Helene Letourneau.
June 6, 2019
#009 Dr. Melanie Stewart- Chiropractor, retired massage therapist, the best way to start a solo practice, building your dream, play on your strengths and more
“I always say I became a massage therapist and a chiropractor because I’m a little bit hyperactive, but, I move a lot, I’m excitable, and this profession caters to that!”- Dr. Melanie Stewart ... Dr. Melanie Stewart @Ottawachiropracticstudio is a long time friend and has been a Chiropractor since 2009. She also became a Registered Massage Therapist in 2009. She simultaneously held both registrations until retiring from massage therapy in her tenth year of practice. She is now a full-time Chiropractor and discusses her decision to finally retire from massage and focus on her Chiropractic patients while knowing she could continue to collaborate with massage therapists and health care practitioners. In this episode we talk about... Transitioning from a multidisciplinary group practice to working solo The benefits of taking your work with you wherever you go The importance of working hard to be successful and Keeping up to date with your skills to help your clients get over plateaus. Please enjoy this episode with Dr. Melanie Stewart!
May 30, 2019
#008 Kelly Salvador, RMT — Delegating Tasks, Collaboration, Giving Your Clients Better Tools To Better Themselves, and More
"I think I’m just seen as a driven RMT who’s still pushing forward" - Kelly Salvador, RMT ... Kelly Salvador @kellysalvadorrmt has been a registered massage therapist since 2010 and she runs her own practice combining Massage, Functional Range Conditioning, and Graston Technique among a million other things. She is a passionate, hard-worker who avoids the BS of the profession and gives the best of her self by constantly expanding her training to help her clients get more out of their treatment on and off the table. In our conversation we talk about the blended worlds of being an entrepreneur and enjoying downtime. She shares her advice on building a brand and a niche that recognizes her expertise and adds value in the community through honesty and open communication. She believes in diversifying her skills to prolong her career and keeps her hungry in the profession. Please enjoy this episode with Kelly Salvador!
May 23, 2019
#007 Arlene Keith: You can't spell adventure without Arlene! 38 years in practice, adventurer, blogger, and blueberry farmer!
“I knew I would always be self-employed, even my kindergarten report card said “Problems with figures of authority.” " - Arlene Keith, RMT ... Arlene Keith (formerly Doyle) has been a registered massage therapist since 1981 and graduated from the College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in Sutton. Massage Therapy has been her full time career for 38 years now and she loves to be self-employed as she has never done well working for someone else. Arlene is the mother of three and has been described as Adventurer, Soul searcher, hiker, Balderson blueberry farm entrepreneur- which we get into about her transition from massage therapist to blueberry farmer and she is also a Blogger. Her blog is where she blogs about her adventure’s in life and around the world often taking months at a time to travel and hike- usually solo in a new destination. She recently completed paddling through the everglades using only a compass and a map and her next adventure brings her to New Zealand hiking the Te Aroaroa (te-are-a-roa) also known as “the long trail”. Arlene was highly recommended to me by Huguette Long who is the second episode of this podcast and Arlene was also recommended to me by her niece who was in the pop-up podcast studio when I recorded the very first episode and said “you have to meet my aunt Arlene, she is definitely a radical RMT!” Please bear with me in this episode as I was overwhelmed with how to fully capture how Radical Arlene is and feel I got off to a slow start but, we do pick up the pace and she shares some wonderful insights about how she plans to transition out of massage therapy, the advantages of solo travel, and not worrying about the money you will lose by taking time off. I hope you enjoy this episode with Arlene Keith!
May 16, 2019
#006 Jana Veltheim. Owner of Align Massage Therapy is changing the dialogue around massage therapy income and planning for the future.
"Stop believing A) We don’t make money B) We burn out after 5 years. It’s all a lie!" - Jana Veltheim, RMT ... Jana Veltheim has been a registered massage therapist since 1998 and she is the owner of Align Massage Therapy; a successful massage clinic with  6 locations in Ottawa, Ontario.  She is a wife and a mother and continues to treat because she loves the people she works with. She has a goal to create an e-book around the very same topics we are talking about today which is the topic of money and massage therapy. Her perspective (and I agree) is that massage therapists don’t realize how good they have it. I feel that Jana shares a lot of great information in our conversation and she has actionable steps you can take as well. Jana shares that as massage therapists our income vs workload is well above average, and with a little discipline and planning, we can have pensions and paid vacations among other perks! ​Please enjoy this episode with Jana Veltheim.
May 9, 2019
#005 Karen Buchanan-Sauve: Hockey Mom loves that her massage career keeps her present for her family
"You know right away coming into this career that you are responsible for your own success" - Karen Buchanan-Sauve ... Karen Buchanan-Sauve (@ksauve05) has been a registered massage therapist since 2013. She came across massage therapy almost by accident as she explored professions in health and saw herself working in the sports field. Karen keeps busy with three daughters playing competitive hockey which involves traveling and participating as a team volunteer in the role of trainer. In this episode we talk about Karen working in the corporate 9-5 and learning the self-employed aspects of massage therapy. We talk about what it’s like to work full-time as a massage therapist with a busy family. Karen loves to stay active herself and finds it necessary to give her best self to her clients. Karen currently works with Align Massage Therapy and she shares a few ways she promotes her business. Please enjoy my chat with Karen!
May 2, 2019
#004 Dom Labre, RMT. Leading with ambition to create a motivated schedule (and a lifestyle) you love!
"I like to stay busy" - Dom Labre, RMT ... Dom Labre (@dominiquelabrermt) has been a Registered Massage Therapist since 2013, he loves to work with professional athletes and has worked at elite events such as the Canadian Summer games in Winnipeg in 2017. He is a bilingual therapist and has interests in Whiskey and Vinyl records. Dom currently works with Align Massage Therapy and also has a Home Clinic (Dom and Leslie Registered Massage Therapy). Dom is an avid cyclist and considers it to be necessary as part of his ability to relax and focus.  Please enjoy my chat with Dom!
April 25, 2019
#003 Avi Davies - What are you doing with your extra eight hours a week?
"Give me something I can say "yes" to!" - Avi Davies, RMT ... Avi Davies has been an RMT since 2008 and currently works with Align Massage Therapy in Ottawa, Canada. He has a strong foundation in Thai Massage and integrates this technique into his treatments. Before he became a Registered Massage Therapist, he was only providing Thai Massage and he found it challenging to maintain a steady business. In over 10 years in the profession he has worked in various environments from a spa, to medical, holistic and clinical. These experiences helped him to understand the type of environment he can provide his most effective treatments with clients and leave everything else such as marketing and laundry at the door. Since he doesn’t have to spend time or stress on these extras, he enjoys a shorter work day as a massage therapist which means he can enjoy more time with his wife and son and also prepare for the future. Enjoy this conversation with Avi Davies!
April 18, 2019
#002 Huguette Long - Lessons from 30 years of creation, imagination, and having fun! (#002)
"The biggest motivator for me was that I wanted to be independent and have some financial security"- Huguette Long, RMT ... Huguette Long currently practices massage therapy in Ottawa, Canada and she has been a massage therapist for over 30 years. She speaks about how she discovered massage therapy as a career and how it can be a lucrative opportunity with plenty of freedom and flexibility. She has worked with world-renowned resorts and loves to travel often for months at a time. In her years of wisdom she has plenty of energy to share and radiates passion for the profession. She is always trying to create experiences that are beneficial for the client and easy on the practitioner. She is the developer of “Thermal Palms” the soft approach to hot stones which was sold to Bodywork Biz. She gives praise to her mentors of massage and also shares her one regret in her early years as a massage therapist. You can find her at Align Massage Therapy. I hope you enjoy this episode featuring Huguette Long. ​
April 11, 2019
# 001 Karina Joly - Finding a balance between light and dark. Life, massage, travel, and photography (#001)
“I don’t think I would be great with a desk job” - Karina Joly  ... Karina Joly (@KJphototravel) has been a registered massage therapist since 2004. She is an avid traveler who has visited 38 countries and counting. She always travels with her camera and she has collected more than 200,000 memories on film. She is a three-time Ironman Athlete and uses her athletic experience to help her clients repair and prevent injury. She has often thought about leaving the massage profession but presently it gives her the flexibility to travel, train, and pursue photography.
April 4, 2019
Introducing The Radical RMT
Listen to the trailer for The Radical RMT. Chats with RMTs living incredible lives on purpose, going on adventures and pursuing passions outside of their massage practice. Our profession is hands down the best for flexibility, freedom, and potential! Don't miss your opportunity to be Radical! Have a listen and be inspired by these Radical RMTs! Join us for the launch of Season One on Thursday, April 4, 2019!
December 20, 2018