Q: Name? Age?
A. Jaimee Clarkson, 26 years old
Q. Program and year graduated?
A. Fitness and Health Promotion 2013, Massage Therapy 2018
Q. Why did you choose Humber College?
A. The one thing that really appealed to me about Humber was how warm and welcoming it was. I remember going to orientation and everyone made me feel like I was at home. The way Humber made me feel so comfortable and included in the college was the biggest reasons why I chose Humber.
Q. Which class did you find most beneficial?
A. The most beneficial class was massage theory 3 & 4. This class brought together the physiological knowledge of injuries and conditions and combined it with the clinical presentations and how to go about treating these conditions. This course really brought all the knowledge we learned and put it all together but at the same time made us think critically about why we treat certain pathologies and injuries differently.
Q. What do you enjoy about your career?
A. I enjoy having the opportunity to help others reduce or manage their pain but to also educate others. As a healthcare professional, you have the opportunity to help influence a positive impact on someone's health, physical function and mental health which can affect their perception of pain and how they live their life.
Q. What advice would you give future/current students taking this program?
A. Don't rely on memorization, it will not get you anywhere! To be a massage therapist you need to understand why things happen. To have a good understanding of the primary information such as anatomy and physiology will help you understand why things happen and then can really critically think about everything as a whole. This then allows you to become better at treatment planning and assessing your patients.
Q. What was the biggest obstacle you faced during your time as a student?
A. The biggest obstacle I faced during my time as being a student was the balance between school work, work, and life in general. Being a full-time student really limits the time that you can work and make an income to help pay for school. I stayed persistent and found a job on campus which worked in my schedule to make some money and still attend my classes.
Q. In what ways did Humber prepare you for the work world?
A. Having a clinic on campus for internship allowed us to understand and learn how it would be to work with individuals in a clinical setting. This allowed students to get comfortable with assessing and treating patients independently. Humber allowed us to do that with their large clinic on campus.
Q. What opportunities would you urge other students to take advantage of?
A. Take advantage of exploring employment and community opportunities hosted by Humber. I was lucky enough to work for Humber for multiple things such as orientation week, research and much more which also gave me opportunities to meet new friends and learn more about Humber and what it has to offer to its community.
Q. In your opinion, what are 5 crucial skills needed to perform your job?
A. 1. Critical Thinking (and every student will become great at this in their 3rd year in massage therapy)
4. Team Work
Q. Why is physical fitness important to you?
A. Physical Fitness is important to me because as a soon-to-be Massage Therapist, we know how our body is supposed to work ideally and how much stress our body endures every day. So physical fitness can help our body work at its best but can help with mental health, help regulate/prevention of conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and so much more. This list can go on forever but the point is that physical fitness for me is to allow my mind and body to work at its best.
Q. How did your experience at Humber help you find employment after graduation?
A. Throughout my time in the Massage Therapy Program at Humber, we had great internship opportunities. This allowed us to experience real life massage therapy environments and work alongside great health care professions and established organizations. As well, research night was another opportunity to discuss with other massage therapist and health care professionals about research and clinical practice. This supported the profession from an employment standpoint as research in massage therapy grows.