13 May Hall of Fame: Jacqueline Miller
Our students come from a range of backgrounds. Some start class right after high school, while others come to us for a career change. The latter is the case for Jacqueline Miller, a massage therapy alumnus who came to our school after working in the cosmetology field. We asked Jacqueline to tell us about her education and career journey, and below is what she wrote to us. The following letter has been lightly edited for clarity and flow.
Before attending The Institute of Beauty and Wellness, my background was in cosmetology. There, I worked my way up to managing.
While at my first salon after graduation, I provided shampoos to assist other stylists. I was in a training program to perfect my skills as all new talent did. Each guest loved my shampoos, and one gentlemen in particular told me that I should look into being a massage therapist too. I researched it and decided to make it a long term goal. That was in 2006. In 2012, I started my Massage Therapy Program at The Institute of Beauty and Wellness.
The Institute of Beauty and Wellness allowed me to be competitive in my skillsets and learn how to make the most of working for myself. The curriculum, the Aveda rituals and Chakra education allows for us as professionals to be equipped in mind, body and soul to deliver results to the many guests we serve, while balancing our own Chakras to feed what needs to be nourished.
My instructors at The Institute of Beauty and Wellness always remained very inspirational. They worked the field of massage in unique ways and the way in which they taught allowed me to be a viable and competent therapist with a wealth of knowledge. The administrative staff were very influential and encouraging. Susan Haise was a breath of fresh air as she embodies success, dedication and always setting goals…the sky is the limit.
Upon graduation from The Institute of Beauty and Wellness, I opened my own business and provided cosmetology and massage therapy services. I was proud as that was a goal for me for quite some time. The business portion of the curriculum was amazingly beneficial in assisting me with making that goal a reality. Currently, I work at Neroli Salon and Spa.
Another career goal I’ve had, and accomplished, is substitute teaching in massage. Last year, I was asked to become a substitute instructor. One day in this role, I hope to facilitate cadaver lab visits for students.
My advice to prospective massage therapists would be to pay the schools a visit. Taking tours is incredibly important in being up close and personal. Once enrolled, take advantage of all the school has to offer. Give 110%, be patient with oneself and open to growth. That will set you apart from the rest, but be a team player. Visit chiropractor offices and spas upon graduation so you’ll have an idea of what setting you want to have your new career in. The Institute of Beauty and Wellness offers bus tours to see some different working environments, so take advantage and enjoy the experience.