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ACM GRADUATE INTERVIEW - Jane Perkin

22/08/2011

Jane followed her interest in health and well being from PE teaching to massage with ACM's correspondence course.

What first interested you about massage?

I’d been teaching for nearly 20 years as a High School PE teacher and was finding the hot tropical weather in Northern Australia was wearing me out!  I decided to move into administration and became an Assistant Principal which I enjoyed and have done for the last few years, but I missed getting to know students really well.

"I started to consider other options and I already knew the benefits of massage myself and I felt this aligned with my interest in health, fitness and well being."

How long have you been massaging?

I’ve been massaging since February 2010.

What do you enjoy most about massaging?

I love the positive connection with clients; working out what they want from a massage and getting immediate positive feedback at the end of a session.  It’s very rewarding to be able to contribute to someone’s improved outlook on life when they gain relief from pain or an injury or muscle tension.

What was your experience at ACM like?

Fantastic! As there was no on-campus available in Darwin when I enrolled the correspondence course and online assessments were essential.

"The materials provided were excellent and when I subsequently chose to attend some subjects on-campus in Sydney and Melbourne I certainly hadn’t been disadvantaged at all by studying practical subjects using DVD’s and the manuals."

I also worked with different lecturers in the two on-campus centres and it was great how there was consistency with how the subjects were delivered.

How have your studies at ACM prepared you for working in the massage industry?

I was given a good overview of the options available in the industry and the knowledge and skill base to be able to choose what I wanted to do.

What advice would you give aspiring massage therapists?

If you have a desire or just a curiosity to find out more about massage, whether it’s just for family and friends, or as a possible career, give it a go. The worst thing that can happen is that you meet a great group of positive minded people and learn new skills; most likely possibilities for your future open up and give you plenty to think about and you experience learning and developing skills in the best learning environment I’ve ever been involved in.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

Working with a triathlete who had been training for months for his first Ironman event, who sustained an injury in the final build up which seriously affected his running. He became very stressed and anxious and after discussions and conducting an assessment I was sure it was a piriformis injury. I recommended he saw a physio, who subsequently confirmed my assessment and gave the go ahead for deep tissue massage. I saw my client regularly over the next few weeks and he began to return to a modified running program and then back to full training. It was such a buzz when I saw that not only had he completed his first Ironman but within the target time he had set himself. You can imagine the excitement when he came for his next massage!