Spa Tech changed my life
I have been a student of the intuitive healing arts my whole life. I have known since I was a child that bringing forth my healing gifts and blending them with my career life were of the utmost importance. Since the age of 5 I have been actively participating with friends and family in studying chakras, energy healing with stones and intention, meditation and channeling. By the time I was 15 I was leading and writing group ceremonies and meditations.
Along with this in my teen years, was being removed from highschool to be homeschooled. I had a hard time living by the rules, not that I was overly rebellious or into making trouble, but from my perspective institutions and those that propagated them had their own agendas and I was not interested in their brainwashing. I didn't want to be 'one of the herd' and this particular trait is one I have never really grown out of.
I laugh as I write this because I studied a lot on my own and with my family. Dropping out of highschool to be 'homeschooled' was little more than me doing what I had always done. Read what I felt like reading and do what I felt like doing. I studied feminism and buddhism, native american legend and quantum physics. I focused on what I felt I was raised to do, which was 'magic'.
By the time I was in my early 20's I had lead dozens of private and public rituals and had instructed others in the basics of energy work. One of my greatest acheivements was acting as the directing chair for the ritual commitee in a festival known as 'Sacred Harvest' in Minnesota. My life was steeped in the esoteric in my spare time. But during the day I was working jobs in administration or retail.
I went to a community college for two years, thinking that graphic design would be my 'job' while I figured out how to legitimately be a.... 'wizard' or what ever, but I quickly realized that not only did I not care to jump through all the hoops, or learn all the meaningless things they wanted me to learn, I did not in anyway want to be behind a computer all the time. Me and electronics don't get along well. I made a decision then that I would not return to school unless it truled addressed that which I wanted to learn. Eight years went by. More administration. More retail. More sense of failure.
I cannot tell you the level of yearning with in me for the work I do to pay the bills to be focused on healing, ritual and the spirit. I tried several times to 'come out' as a healer only to quickly cast my endeavour aside. Over and over it was the same situation, the same question that would haunt me: 'What are your credentials?' Never having an answer I felt was adequate, I quickly realized there were forces that needed to be reckoned with in the name of 'professionalism'. For even though I had been doing healing work my whole life, I felt my youth and self taught background could never compare to an 'institutional' endorsement. I felt that its all fine well and good to be intuitive and 'in the moment', but unless I was able to really speak for myself and cultivate the language I needed to sell myself, I would never be successful. I finally had to accept that there are some hoops you just have to jump through. There's no getting around it.
About a year and a half ago, in what I can only describe as a career crisis, after raging that I had struggled for too long feeling as a 'slave' devoted to some one else's rules or goals or agendas, I came to a decision that if I was to be bound by something it had to be my own path on my own terms or I would go insane. I had to get some kind of training that would take me beyond where I was at. It was at this time that I began looking for a school that could teach me something that I didn't already know: how to be a professional in the realm of healing arts.
I needed a school that not only taught technique, but the language necessary to do business. It was at this time that I found Spa Tech and the holistic massage program. Not once did I question whether it was the school for me or if I would be able to afford tuition. Not once did I doubt being able to create a schedule around my classes. I went in for an interveiw and a week later I was enrolled in the program, attending orientation, preparing for class.
A year later, I have just graduated. I have been out of school for a little over two weeks and I already have people calling me wanting sessions. I have already signed a lease on a new office. I have already begun advertising my new business. Opportunities are already arriving at my door step and in my email. I have already turned in my two week notice to the job I desperately want to leave. I am so excited for this next phase in my life.
Finally, I have the tools I need to legitimize the healing work that I do. People ask me what I do now and I say I am a massage therapist. I am a healer. I do polarity. I just recently had a whole conversation with a whole table full of strangers about what I do. A year and a half ago I would not have been able to say two sentences about the work I do because I wouldn't have been able to answer the question. Now I can say with utmost confidence, I went to Spa Tech. I am licensed, insured and certified.
The only thing that gives me greater satisfaction than feeling some one's body unwind at my touch is being able to say 'that's my certificate on the wall'. I did it, I finally finished something. I found an institution I can beleive in and endorse. And what is even greater than that is realizing, weeks before my 30th birthday is that the dream I had as a child of having my own business by 30 is actually coming true.
I don't remember ever being happier.
Thank you Spa Tech. You changed my life.