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Janet Constantino, CEO of Massage KneadsMany people celebrate many things: birthdays, anniversaries, their kids and associated milestones.  These celebrations highlight the importance of our cherished life and passing of time.  Every August, I too celebrate my anniversary of becoming a mobile chair massage therapist.

Sixteen years ago, I graduated from the Atlanta School of Massage (ASM) where I learned so much about my newly chosen profession, the gift of giving massage, and about myself. My prior work life was fulfilling in a different way. I was in medical sales and constantly working to meet and exceed my ever growing quota. It was fun and exciting in my younger years.  In the corporate world, I learned to grow professionally with others; other sales professionals, internal staff and with mature and savvy medical customers.  I was young, energetic and busy learning to navigate how to best use the skills learned in college while receiving my business management degree.

Deciding to complete the Neuromuscular Massage Therapy program at ASM, I learned more about how to best solve physical and medical concerns while growing my skills and trade beyond what I thought possible. Early on, we were told that we too could palpate muscle tightness through our hands and even our elbows. Impossible I thought! Now, it is a given and trusted skill after years of working when offering hours of mobile chair massage each week.

Through the gentle guidance from compassionate teachers and fellow therapists, we grew both personally and professionally each day.

The testing and practical exams were stressful throughout the 720 hours of training when asked to demonstrate our newly acquired knowledge and practical skills. This testing often pushed us to demonstrate our personal best in the pursuit to better our skills while still supporting and encouraging client healing in a likely one hour session.

Here is what I have learned in the past 16 years!

  1. Listen more and talk less during massage
  2. Trade work is so enriching and fulfilling and should be more encouraged in local high schools
  3. Remember that not all medical issues can be “fixed” within a few massage sessions
  4. The power of touch is often underestimated
  5. Exceed expectations in every massage session
  6. Continue hands on training to better your skills
  7. Always accept responsibility for your actions and those that work with you
  8. Work with and hire therapists that best represent your company to all he/she may encounter
  9. Bring solutions and new ideas to clients to help them feel better
  10. Bring solutions and new ideas to corporate client to assist with their wellness program(s)
  11. Be honest and upfront with expectations with clients and therapists alike
  12. Always try your best when working with clients that suffer from chronic medical concerns
  13. Smile with your eyes!
  14. Continue to thank both large and small client for their continued business
  15. Hire out the work that does not best suit your skills i.e. accounting and tax work!
  16. To be gentle with my hands as they are my special tools which bring personal and professional enrichment

This review from a mobile chair massage client was received earlier this summer.  Reviews like this one make every day worth more than what I earn and then some!

Awesome!!!! 5 stars!

“Janet has magical hands!!! Thank you so much for a terrific massage – such a wonderful break in my day.”

Janet Constantino, Guest Blogger

“In 2001, I graduated from the Atlanta School of Massage and have never looked back on my mission to bring peace and harmony into a stressful, work-centered culture. In October 2006, I started my business, Massage Kneads, and have been enriched professionally ever since. My college business degree and my passion for massage was the perfect marriage to Massage Kneads! With 13+ years of medical sales behind me, I realized that in all offices, large and small, the “knead” for some relief within the corporate world.”

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