NHA Graduates – Interview with Ann Stevens

Q. What at first interested you about massage?

I have been interested in health, well-being, fitness and yoga for a long time. I am attracted to learning therapies that bring balance to the body, mind and spirit. I was drawn to massage because the benefits of massage is extensive since working on the physical body is not only having a healing impact physically but also mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

I find the theory fascinating and interesting as massage has been practiced for thousands of years and realise its effectiveness of facilitating the healing process.

Q. How long have you been massaging?

I initially started a massage course in 2003 (where I did just the first module) and have practiced on family and friends on and off since then. But mainly got back into massage in 2010 when I started my studies at the NHA.

Q. What do you enjoy most about what you do?

I enjoy that I am helping people in a holistic manner and the challenge of using the most suitable techniques for that particular individual. It also makes me feel good to hear positive feedback from clients after a treatment that I have given.

Q. What was your experience at the academy like?

I enjoyed the diverse range of specializations I studied and was impressed with the extensive range NHA offers. I found that no other college in SA offers such an extensive range as this one. The lecturers are experts in their field and are very knowledgeable and approachable. They also share their business knowledge and experience with students. I also enjoyed studying with like-minded people it was a good atmosphere to be in.

Q. How have your studies at NHA prepared you for clinical practice?

The theory is very comprehensive and also the clinic hours I found have given me lots of practical experience with a range of different people from the public. It has also helped me gain experience, confidence and to further develop my skills in my different chosen modalities.

Q. What advice would you give to aspiring massage therapists?

To follow your passion and this college makes it easier because you can study full time or part time. They have subjects not only on week days but also weekends and sometimes nights, which makes it easier. It is also rewarding because you are helping people and making a positive difference in their lives. This college gives you a sound foundation of skills in massage therapy no matter which specialisation is chosen. The course is thorough providing you with plenty of hands-on-experience and theoretical knowledge.

Q. What has been the highlight of your career so far?

Having completed my diploma, in two specialisations (acupressure and sports therapy) I now have the ability to utilise my knowledge and skills to treat varying conditions of my friends, family and my future clients. I receive great personal satisfaction in knowing that I can help make a positive difference to their lives.

Ann Stevens: 0401 638 617

NHA Course counsellor comment: Ann not only was a model student but pursued extra studies of interest at the Academy to realise her potential. She took her time “slow food approach” to integrate therapies that she had learnt. This was possible through the public student clinic. Ann developed her “body-mind” skills and upon leaving the academy clinic was one of the most requested student therapists. Any one going to Ann will certainly receive a great experience in tactile therapy .

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