The Truth is Out

I was inducted into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame at the World Massage Festival last week. I was prepared to stand up and say, “I’d like to thank the academy….” and then sit down. Unfortunately, someone beat me to it! Still, I was simply going to keep it short and sweet and thank everyone for the honor.

Yet, when I stood at the podium I was overcome with emotion. It seems like I have been in this field forever. I was massaging my family members since I was a young child. I officially became a massage practitioner in 1978. Although I transitioned from the hands-on aspect of massage, I have remained very active in this field. I’ve taught at schools, written hundreds of articles, authored textbooks, sat on school advisory boards, written test questions for the NCBTMB, and have been part of various task forces. I continue to write, train teachers, facilitate workshops, serve on the FSMTB Exam committee, am a founding member of the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (and am on the Board of Directors), and coach therapists.

I love massage! I talk about massage all of the time, particularly when I see someone in pain. Even though I don’t see clients for massage anymore, I encourage people to get massage and either refer them to a particular therapist or tell them how they can find a therapist in their area.

Over the years many people have remarked at how much I give away in terms of resources and my time. My response has been that I do it because I really want the therapists to succeed. I also know that what goes around comes around…. But, while standing up in front of my colleagues, the truth came out. Yes, I do want you to be successful, but that is just a side benefit. I stay involved in this field because of my dedication to world peace. I believe it’s very difficult to be angry, mean or violent when you feel good in your own body. The more people that get massaged the better the world will be. It truly is that simple. I realized a long time ago that I could “touch” millions more people by keeping my colleagues in practice longer, than I could ever reach with my own two hands. And that is why I do what I do.

Regardless of what type of massage you do, please remember that you are contributing to world peace.

6 comments for “The Truth is Out

  1. August 29, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Hi Tracey. Congratulations on your almost 25 year anniversary! I am honored to know that I have been a part of your support system.

  2. traceysamples
    August 29, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Cherie, I don’t know you personally, but you have been a part of my professional life for many many years via articles, blogs, website and books.  I am successful LMT almost 25 years, because I continue to learn and reinvent myself from dedicated professionals like you.  I thank you for your service. Congratulations many times over, you deserve it!

  3. August 28, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    “I really want the therapists to succeed.” YES!Years before I became a massage therapist, I read books by Dale Carnegie. He emphasized that one of the keys to successfully connecting with people is being sincere in your comments and your praise. Our field thrives because of professionals (like you) who genuinely care about our work.Congrats on your lifetime achievement. Well done!

  4. August 28, 2012 at 3:50 AM

    Hear, hear. Thanks for saying it.

  5. August 27, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Thank you David. Your words mean a lot to me.

  6. August 27, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Cherie, your selfless dedication over more than three decades makes you a truly worthy recipient of this honor. My congratulations.

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