29 Sep Massage Instructor Spotlight – Jeffrey
In the year 2000 I have a medical condition, Bells Palsy, which paralyzes one side of the face. There is very little that regular medicine can do for Bells Palsy, so in desperation I tried Reiki (a Japanize energy-based bodywork). Reiki really helped my Bells Palsy and I experienced it as great for stress-reduction, too. This lead me to an interest in bodywork and I became a Reiki Master which eventually lead me to Massage Therapy school because I wanted to learn more about Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology.
Since becoming a Massage Therapist I have studied over 30 different modalities (forms of massage) including reflexology, sports massage, cranial sacral therapy, thai bodywork, cupping, shamanic healing, trigger point massage, lymphatic massage and integrated energy work. I believe there is a massage technique that will work for everyone, not matter what their issue! Mind-body-spirit wellness through bodywork is my passion.
In addition to being a Wisconsin licensed and Nationally Board Certified massage therapist, I am on the Board of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)- Wisconsin Chapter, I am certified as an Aveda Massage Educator, an approved continuing education provider by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.
- WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PART ABOUT BEING AN EDUCATOR?
I love to see students succeed! I often get to teach the first day of class when everyone is just starting out filled with hopes and dreams and often a little anxiety. I love seeing the students master the various subjects and techniques throughout their program. Very often I also get to be part of the graduation ceremony and celebrate the students’ achievement. In just a few months of education the student is transformed into a competent professional.
2. IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT IS THE BIGGEST POINT OF DIFFERENCE THE INSTITUTE OF BEAUTY AND WELLNESS OFFERS?
We are an Aveda school. Integrating our mission “to care for the world we live in” and “setting an example for environmental leadership and responsibility” into our education and classroom each day makes our education not only about knowledge and skill, but also about passion and purpose. Our products are second to none and our students leave with skills in beauty and retail that are not usually a part of massage programs.
3. WHAT IS ONE OF THE MOST FUN EXPERIENCES YOU HAVE HAD AT IBW?
Ellen DeGeneres created an app called “Heads Up!” The game is a lot of fun. You can buy a version to create your own. I made one for us to review Pathologies (diseases). It is so much fun to give clues and yell out answers. Plus, it makes you think fast! The students who played the game all scored well on their pathology exams. Though I do feel slightly nerdy for taking something so fun and making it into a study tool!
4. DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE CONSIDERING THE BEAUTY OR WELLNESS INDUSTRY AS A CAREER OPTION?
Believe in yourself! It is never too soon or too late to enter into the beauty or wellness field. The world is filled with people longing to be touched by our services.
5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO AROUND THE CITY OF MILWAUKEE?
I love the Historic Third Ward and surrounding area. I moved to be closer to IBW last April. There are so many great restaurants (Amilinda, Club Charlies, Swinging Door and Camino are my favorites). There is never a shortage of things to do with art and entertainment all around. You may see me walking around– you’ll recognize me because I’ll wearing all black.