Seth Borer Enjoys His Career As a Massage Practitioner

Seth-BorerMy name is Seth Borer. I’m 25 years old and live in Lincoln, Nebraska where I have lived all my life. I have two brothers and one sister.

My Dad is a firefighter and my Mom stayed at home while my siblings and I were growing up but now runs her owning cleaning business.

I graduated from Northeast High School where I participated in Soccer and Swimming and Diving. I was the captain of our Soccer team my senior year.

I was part of the 400 meter freestyle relay team which earned a spot at the State High School swim meet. I enjoy team sports and the camaraderie of competing with a tight knit group of people.

I tried a number of jobs after high school not really knowing what I wanted to do. I delivered freaky fast sandwiches for Jimmy Johns. Currently, I work for Midwest Tent and Event. We put up tents and pipe and drape for a wide variety of events. Sometimes the work is hard, particularly when it is hot and windy outside. We’ve put up tents for everything from agricultural activities to academia; everything from concerts and receptions to sporting events.

I thought I was successful when I was delivering sandwiches for Jimmy Johns. I liked what I was doing, making great money and thought I was making people happy. I discovered I wore my vehicle out and couldn’t please some people no matter what I did, even when I offered them a free sandwich.

Jimmy Johns was a great place to work but not a career path that would have been satisfying for me.  I don’t know that I’d call it a career failure but it was a good life lesson on what I didn’t want to do with the rest of my life. I worked a couple other jobs in security and as a convenience store clerk. The hours were bad and I didn’t feel like I was living up to my full potential.

In the different jobs I’ve worked I realized that, through it all, it’s my attitude that is important and not to let other people influence how I feel about what I’m doing. I’ve learned that there are some people who are never happy, no matter what, and I can’t let that affect me.

I decided to become a massage practitioner because I enjoy getting massages, it’s relaxing, I can help others and it’s a career that I can continue to do the rest of my life. I think a good massage practitioner is a person who listens and observes well. More can be ‘heard’ by observing body language then with the ears but both are necessary. A good massage practitioner develops a massage plan based upon the request of the person receiving the massage and, while implementing the plan, adjusts as the person responds to the massage.

In the end, it is important to provide what the person asked for and expected to receive. A good massage practitioner converses enough to get to know the person but not so much that it interrupts the relaxing environment of the massage room. The goal of the massage practitioner is to first and foremost relax the client, help relieve stress and if necessary work to relieve any pain.

Success is doing what you like to do, meeting the obligations you have agreed to meet and helping other people along the way. I don’t think being successful is that hard, mostly it starts with attitude. I’m most happy when I feel good about what I’m doing and knowing that I’m helping others.

I see a lot of people who seem to be successful but are not happy. Success and happiness do not have to go hand in hand. People can be happy when they’re successful and when they’re not successful. Happiness is determined more by perspective and attitude than outward activity and accomplishments. I don’t think success should be the focus, don’t get me wrong, I think people should set goals and strive to meet them.

I’ve heard other people say you should enjoy the journey and I think they’re right but if the journey to success is miserable, the end might not be success at all but more misery. Believe me I know about tough times and I know about sacrifice but even in those times there is something to be happy about if you know where to direct your focus.

I’m looking forward to this new career adventure, getting to meet new people and hopefully make their day a little better. I’m looking forward to helping people feel better about themselves and in some small way help move them closer to being happy. If I can do this then I think I will have accomplished a lot!

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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