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School of Massage Therapy - Graduate Spotlight

Carolyn Kolterman Carolyn Kolterman
CNWSMT Graduate 2007
Company: Total Image Spa, PT / FT
Website: Not yet!
Specialization: Swedish Massage, Therapuetic Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Chair Massage

1. Please describe your practice as a Massage Therapist.

I work presently for a salon, Total Image, in Schenectady 5 days a week.  I’m building clientele so my work schedule varies everyday. I offer chair massage, deep tissue, Swedish, and Hot Stone massage.  My clients are regular customers of the salon as well as walk-ins.  Word of mouth by clients has been very successful.

2. What is a typical week like for you?

Tuesday – Saturday is my work schedule.  I have set hours but if the salon knows of my availabilities I can have 4-5 clients or more a day.  Saturday has been the busiest.  I have found evenings have been successful for the working clients.

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

I am able to make my own hours and availability which allows me time to be with my family.  Being my own boss has been enjoyable to be able to focus on clients and their needs.  Most of all being balanced and enjoying what I’m doing.

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

I was a licensed practical nurse for 33 years in physical rehabilitation.  It was a very challenging job physically and mentally.  Rewarding at times, but for me it was time for a change.

5. What inspired you to become a Massage Therapist?

I became injured on the job and had trouble with my neck and shoulders.  I went to a massage therapist and was in great relief and knew someday I wanted to be a massage therapist.  My job at that time I knew was not going to be permanent.  It was the BEST DECISION I have ever made.

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

Ask yourself “who am I?”  Are you happy with what you are doing?  Experience a massage from a professional and ask yourself “is this something I want to do?”  Visit CNWSMT class to see what is involved.  Start your journey when you are ready in body, mind, and spirit!  There’s a lot of hard work involved however there are many clients that need us out there.

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

$0 - $15,000

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