Humber College was my first choice for post-secondary education. One of the main reasons I chose to study at Humber was because of their diverse list of student placement opportunities and partnerships for the various programs, and in my case Massage Therapy. I was drawn to this program because I was able to participate in many diverse placements that all worked to enhance my learning in the program. As well as their emphasis on hands-on and practical learning and providing students an interactive environment to do so. Humber emphasized preparing students for clinical settings by offering many on-campus and off-campus placement opportunities where students were able to practice techniques and interpersonal skills required to succeed in the workplace. These things appealed to me when choosing a college as I felt that it would make my first experience with post-secondary education meaningful.
I hope to one day own a multidisciplinary clinic, that will house many health care professionals, such as Massage Therapists, Chiropractors, and Physiotherapists to help give patients the best care possible. In the meantime, I plan to work in a multidisciplinary clinic working with patients seeking massage therapy treatment for rehabilitative purposes or general wellness. My goal for my patient would be to address any physical pain or dysfunction they are experiencing and use my application of massage techniques, remedial exercise, and additional modalities to help address their concerns and relieve any pain or dysfunction they are experiencing.
The faculty in my program have been amazing throughout my three years at Humber. Every professor has taken the time to get to know each student and help find ways to guide students to achieve success in the program. As this program is very hands-on I found that each faculty member would take the time to help me understand and learn the various aspects and skills related to massage in a way that I would understand. I also found that the faculty was open to receiving feedback on how they can improve or modify their teaching styles. This helped me achieve my goal in the program as they were open to change and listened to what would benefit the students learning experience, and for myself helped enhance my learning experience and lead to the overall success I achieved in the program.
Throughout my three years in the Massage Therapy program, I have had many amazing learning experiences and opportunities so it’s difficult to narrow it down to just one. However, something that I was fortunate enough to experience and made an impact in my time at Humber, was an off-campus placement I attended. This placement included working in a public health center working with pregnancy, post-partum, and infants. This was a very new experience for me as I had never treated this population before. It was amazing to see the impact massage therapy could have in relieving pain and discomfort through the various stages of pregnancy. It truly was a great experience and changed the way I worked with my patients in the treatments to follow.
One of the things I like about Humber is how they offer both on and off-campus internship placements. Being able to practice massage therapy under the supervision of a professor who is an RMT (Registered Massage Therapist) provides you with the opportunity to develop and master your techniques in an open learning environment and allows you to ask questions and learn from those who are already working in the profession. I think that being able to practice in this setting prepared me for my future practice as it gave me the skills and confidence needed for my career.
I would recommend this program to anyone interested in learning more about the various aspects of the human body, those who thrive in a hands-on setting, people who are interested in learning more about health and wellness, and those who want to help people. This program has taught me so much about how the body works, how we can help alleviate pain and discomfort, as well as additional knowledge that is important to future practice, like business courses, exercise prescription, and modalities that can be used in practice. This program overprepares you for your future career as a Massage Therapist, and I have no doubt that I will be able to succeed in the massage therapy profession, and it’s all thanks to Humber, the amazing faculty, and work ethic that is taught in this program. I highly recommend this program to those interested.