August 7, 2012

Student Massage….


One of the nice things massage schools do these days is try to encourage students to do an externship during their course. Unpaid, but for credit.
          
I was near the end of my classes when I went for my first interview for a massage job. Thought I was God’s gift to massage, of course, and I didn’t count on traffic. Arriving 10 minutes late, the lady in the salon/spa/gym gave me the big stare down.
          
“I shouldn’t hire you because you are late,” she said.
          
I tried to look positive. “I didn’t count on a lot of traffic after 10 a.m.,” I said. “I’m sorry.”
          
For some reason, she hired me anyway.
          
As an employer, I gave people the benefit of the doubt, often to my regret later. But I have found if the interview is too perfect, too cookie-cutter and with all the right answers, I will also, later, regret it.
          
Oh heck, this extern applicant is in his first 100 hours. I asked him for the definition of a Swedish massage.
          
Blank stare. Pause. Enormous amounts of time passed. He managed to collect himself and said he wasn’t real sure.

“It’s lighter than deep tissue,” he offered.

Oh heavens, isn’t that a big test question in school? On the boards?

I flashed on the time I went for a job interview and demo massage and realized I hadn’t used pit spray. I did a one-hour massage with my elbows stuck to my ribs. Like a wobble toy.

“Where do you want to work when you get out of school?”

“The Angels,” he said.

Baseball. I like baseball. Maybe this could turn around.

“How about a 10-minute Swedish back massage?” I said, breaking my usual 20-minute request.

Well, he didn’t do 10 minutes, he didn’t do Swedish, but he had a great touch.

”Send me over the paperwork, I said. “I don’t feel it is right letting you loose on clients, especially for no money, but you can work on me and a couple of therapists who used to work for me and get some experience.”

No regrets? I hope not.

4 comments:

Therapy sites said...

I really enjoyed reading this. I find it interesting. The applicant seems so inspiring. I think he tries to put some logic. And I do understand and get it. Thanks, I just learned from this.

Anonymous said...

He is working out...sue pwtersin

Jennifer Jhanda said...

Terrific read. I really enjoyed reading this and so appreciate you contributing your ideas to the collective massage community. We at National Holistic Institute (NHI) so appreciate those out there promoting the wonderfully rewarding, exhausting world of massage. Please keep up the good work.
-Jen
Web Coordinator, NHI

Brian Allen said...

its really a nice thing that massage school encourage the student to taking the internship i am also agree with this because i think for getting the internship student getting the live experience ...... More Info