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School of Massage Therapy - Graduate Spotlight

Carianne Russo Carianne Russo
CNWSMT Graduate 2004
Company: Self Employed, Full-Time
Website: Not at this time
Specialization: Myofascial Release

1. Please describe your practice as a Massage Therapist.

I rent office space in a chiropractic office.  I offer hot stone and deep tissue.  Small practice 12-18 hours per week focusing on client needs:  Really trying to create an environment for clients to re-connect with themselves.

2. What is a typical week like for you?

3-4 clients per day; added to massage week consists of keeping practice running through marketing, laundry, client contact, trying to have time for me between to recharge.

3. How has your career as a Massage Therapist impacted your life?

Becoming a massage therapist has totally changed me as a person – it is exhausting mentally and emotionally.  But the more you learn to balance everything, you realize what a gift you have to share and how much you need to learn.  It’s humbling and empowering.

4. What job or career did you have prior to becoming a Massage Therapist?


5. What inspired you to become a Massage Therapist?

An enlightening experience of my own.  I wanted to make someone else feel that way.

6. What advice would you give to someone thinking about a career in Massage Therapy?

Really understand everything involved = not just massage.  Be sure you can handle all kinds of people and are willing to learn about them.

7. Estimated annual income as a Massage Therapist (not including any other sources.)

$25,000 - $40,000

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