Licensed Massage Therapist (Female, Age 39) in Woodstock, NY

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job TitleLicensed Massage Therapist
Salary$20,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week
Company Size(not answered)
LocationWoodstock, NY
Years Experience5 years

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Years in Career0
Education(not answered)
Income Rating0 / 10
Interest Rating0 / 10
Work-Life Rating0 / 10
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Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
My career as a licensed massage therapist is with a national service organization amid over 750 independently owned and operated franchised locations in 44 states. This local spa employs seventeen licensed massage therapists, two licensed estheticians, an administrator, assistant administrator, junior assistant administrator and seven front desk associates. Our clinic offers facial services, massage and body treatments, and sells one line of professional skin care products.

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
I provide superior massage therapy to guests, clean the premises (waiting area/reception area/break room/treatment rooms/bathroom and changing rooms), attend marketing events, launder and care for linens, and sell retail products.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
There are no benefits offered; no vacation, no sick leave, no health/dental/vision/prescription insurance, no retirement plan and no 401k.

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
In reference to customary spa industry standards; average compensation.

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
I work with others on a daily basis and enjoy my interaction with the customer base, management and co-workers.

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?
Yes

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?
Yes

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.
Inviting and pleasant environment.

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 3
Benefits: 5
Hours: 4
Co-Workers: 6
Supervisors: 1
Job Title: 8
Level of Responsibility: 2
The Actual Work: 7

A day in the life of…

Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:

5am to 6am
6am to 7am
7am to 8amAsleep
8am to 9amAlarm goes off. Get up and brew coffee. Take a shower. Eat breakfast and drink coffee. Dress for work. Make lunch to take with me.
9am to 10amDrive to work. Arrive at work. Turn on the computer and load pandora and the schedule. Check and return any messages. Prepare all treatment rooms. Brew hot tea for clients. Set out snacks for all clients. Get bottled drinking water set out for all clients. Pull client folders for the day.
10am to 11amProvide superior therapeutic massage therapy service for a client. Prepare room for next client.
11am to 12pmProvide superior therapeutic massage therapy service for a client. Prepare room for next client. Eat some almonds while preparing the room.
12pm to 1pmProvide superior therapeutic massage therapy service for a client. Prepare room for next client.
1pm to 2pmChange uniform for other job. Commute to other job. Eat lunch while I drive to other job. Prepare treatment room for client. Provide superior therapeutic massage therapy service for a client. Try to sell retail product to the client. Prepare room for next client. Wash and dry linens.
2pm to 3pmProvide superior therapeutic massage therapy service for a client. Try to sell retail product to the client. Prepare room for next client. Fold and put away linens.
3pm to 4pmProvide superior therapeutic massage therapy service for a client. Try to sell retail product to the client. Prepare room for next client. Wash and dry linens.
4pm to 5pmProvide superior therapeutic massage therapy service for a client. Try to sell retail product to the client. Prepare room for next client. Eat a luna bar while preparing the room. Fold and put away linens.
5pm to 6pmProvide superior therapeutic massage therapy service for a client. Try to sell retail product to the client. Prepare room for next client. Wash and dry linens.
6pm to 7pmProvide superior therapeutic massage therapy service for a client. Try to sell retail product to the client. Prepare room for next client. Fold and put away linens.
7pm to 8pmClean treatment room, changing rooms and bathroom. Sweep and mop floors. Drive home.
8pm to 9pmPrepare and eat dinner. Clean kitchen and wash dishes. Check and respond to e-mail. Watch tv.
9pm to 10pmWatch tv. Read a book.
10pm to 11pmRead a book. Wash my face and brush my teeth. Read a book.
11pm to 12amRead a book. Set the alarm. Put in ear plugs. Put a mask over my eyes. Go to sleep.

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
Colleague.

What was the application process?
I submitted a hard copy resume and paper application as well as providing a massage service to the assistant administrator to show my superior therapeutic massage therapy skills.

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
Yes.

Individual interview.

2-3 interview process.

Provide a massage service to the assistant administrator to show my superior therapeutic massage therapy skills.

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
Where did I receive my training, what was my experience, where did I excell, why was I looking for work,and where did I see myself in 3 years.

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
It is not within either of my employers jurisdiction to prepare me to provide superior therapeutic massage therapy (that is what education and the state prepare me for), only for my employers to train me in their company policies, procedures, and protocols. At one job they adequately prepared me in these areas, and at the other they did not.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
Yes. Satisfactory completion of a required course of study by a state approved educational provider (as set forth by the state), passing a state exam as part of the licensing requirement before being legal to practice within the profession in the state, and paying for the state license as well as a city license AND a city business license.

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
Yes and no. Definitly prepared me for providing superior massage and body treatment services. However in 1990 training did not include any business courses.

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?
No internship held.

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
Frequent many different kinds of service oriented businesses and receive a variety of services offered. Speak with the people providing these services to discover what they must do day to day, and ask them what it is they like most and least about their positions.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
Emotional intellegence. It is my belief that for anyone to succeed in a service industry, they must posess a self-perceived ability to identify, assess, manage and control the emotions of themself, others, and groups.

Detail and organization oriented. When the details are taken care of in an organized fashion everything runs more smoothly, and when things do arise they are easier to cope with and solve.

Ability to delegate. If you are unable, or dislike doing something you must delegate, hire, or outsource the job to a skilled expert, if you wish to be successful.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
Yes.

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
Find someone within the field whose work you admire and ask if they will mentor you.

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
Yes.

What are your current career goals?
To retire by 2015.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
It is absolutely amazing, rewarding and fulfilling.

Prior work history

Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:

TitleLengthSalaryDescription
Prior Job 1LMT1.5 years15000Prep and clean treatment room. Provide superior therapeutic massage therapy to clients.
Prior Job 2Service17 years0-15000Provided all daily small business operations and superior therapeutic massage therapy to clients.

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:2.3

GPASchoolDegree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
P/4.0Lane Community College/Healing Mountain Massage SchoolNeither program included a degree or diploma – only the state requirements to become licensed
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)

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