Being Flexible & Catering to Your Client’s Needs is the Key to Success Says Jasmine Halton

Jasmin HaltonI’m Jasmine Halton, a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT).  I am on both sides of the field in this industry. I work for Xpresspa In the DFW Airport  and also have my own small  business by the name of Blissful Touch.

I’m Mobile so The Benefits of Massage therapy can be brought to your homes, hotel, special Events and or work Place. My Clients are grateful for the mobility it saves them on gas, time, and extra energy. And nothing is better then being in the comforts of you own home. Now I’m currently working in Dallas, TX

I’ve always had a great passion for helping people and I try many things to accomplish that. Previously I was a caregiver at a nursing home and I was trying to figure out what’s next in my life. Talking to my mother one day she reminded me that I used to give everyone a rub down, from family to friends and even the daycare ladies. It was then that I decided to look into massage therapy. I was hoping to find a way to help people feel better and I found that plus more with this career

Some of my concerns initially were how long was the schooling and will I enjoy this way of helping people vs the other jobs I had in the past?

My specialty is a combination of modalities I was trained in and my sessions are all tailored to what the client wants and needs.  I like to think that when a client is in a session with me that we are in it together. Their pain is my pain.  Along with that attitude, I’d say that my outgoing passion for massage therapy and the different ways to market myself are contributing factors to my success.

I love it the most when I get a client on my table or chair and I know that I can help them.  For example, if they have been feeling a little under the weather due to work, traveling  or just plain old stress, I know that I can help them alleviate that. When they get up after the massage, I see a glow in their face and a sense of relief and happiness that’s worth seeing every day for me.

The only thing I don’t like about massage therapy is that it is growing fast and it can be a little hard to get your footing into something you like. However, once you do its awesome! Many older therapists are also retiring, which should make more room for new comers in the field. It also helps that the demand is growing so there will be more opportunities in the future. 

I personally wouldn’t change a thing about the massage therapy field but I do wish there were more resources helping professional clients connect with professional therapists.

I plan on practicing massage therapy for at lease 30 – 40 more years. I want to  travel all over the world spreading the benefits of massage therapy.

The advise I’d give to a new comer is to thoroughly research the company and the area and the salary where you are going to be working. I have been to work for some questionable  employers and establishments and while it helps me realize that I should have my own business, I still felt like I could have avoided such situations by doing some basic research first. (Unfortunately, the physical one on one nature of the field has allowed some individuals to capitalize on questionable practices)

As for schooling, first of all I don’t think that you are just learning the fluff and buff. You are going to learn the about the body. Second, I would do some research to see what the school is connected with, what their goals are, any success stories they can share and overall track record.

At first I thought I wasn’t going to be able to afford massage school and to my shock it was affordable with finical aid and other programs out there that you can get to start a great career. Once you are done with school and working in the field for a while – then the money comes.

The three points you should consider before going into massage are the following:

  • Do you like to work with your hand for long periods of time?
  • Can you apply what you have learned at school at work?
  • Do you like being personable?

My future prediction for the field of massage therapy is that a lot more people would experience the benefits of massage in the future.  The service one day could be offered on airplanes as well.

Jasmin Halton has a dual license in Colorado and Texas with plans to travel to 3 more states within the next five years. You can reach Jasmine at www.Blissfultouch23.com. She is also on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Neal Lyons is a founding member and volunteer contributor at the MTSI Institute, an information based portal dedicated to guiding and assisting aspiring massage therapists establish a successful career in massage. Neal is a published author and has collaborated on several mobile applications that serve the massage profession. You can view his published work on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Sony and Kobo. You can connect with him on Facebook, Twitter and on Google+

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