I come from a background in the mental health field but have had an interest in holistic practices and alternative methods of healing for as long as I can remember. While in my position, I often thought about those in recovery and believed there could be a better approach to managing symptoms and relieving emotional distress. I wanted the next step in my career to be something I was passionate about, which is helping others find healthy alternatives for healing. At that time, I viewed massage therapy as an outlet for people to experience relaxation and to escape from the daily stress. I quickly learned massage was much more than that and how healing can occur on all levels – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I appreciated Ms. Hick’s approach to meeting with me prior to my enrollment to get to know me and help me determine if massage school was an appropriate “next step” for me in my journey for personal and professional growth. She radiates a passion for the massage industry, as do her instructors. The enjoyable atmosphere, supportive environment, variety within the curriculum and length of program, and the personalized experience I received are all reasons I would highly recommend Massage Academy of the Poconos.