Nate Severson, LMT Part Time Class (graduated Aug 2002)
Carlson College of Massage Therapy was a great school for me. They made learning some very difficult topics easy and fun. CCMT has given me a career in which I can choose when and where I want to work.
I knew from the start I would use my massage therapy skills to compliment my 4 year degree. I am now the Strength and Conditioning coach for several sports teams and local athletes in the Cedar Rapids area. Because of my education at CCMT I can better serve the athletes that I work with. My knowledge allows me to help them to understand the problem and adjust the workouts or recovery techniques accordingly.
The specific work taught at CCMT has allowed me to perform and achieve results with the athletes that they have not seen or received from other massage therapists or even their athletic trainers. This has given me an edge over other massage therapists and increases my credibility with the teams/athletes training staff. This has allowed me to work with some of the best coaches and athletes in track in the country, if not quite possibly the world. That's pretty cool stuff!
CCMT gave me the knowledge, experience, and confidence to succeed right from the start. Thank you so much!
Nate is currently working with the Men's and Women's Track and Field team at the University of Iowa.
Brianne Goetzinger, LMT Full Time Class (graduated Feb 2002)
When massage therapy was suggested to me, I didn't know what to think. I'd never had a massage before. I wasn't the type to come up behind a friend and rub their shoulders like some people do. I assumed that constant urge to give someone a massage was a prerequisite to a career in massage therapy. I was wrong! It felt like "home" the first visit I had with the school. Fast forward one year -- I was fresh out of high school and engaged. As I started school at Carlson, I was happy that in six months I'd be moving home, starting my career, and preparing for our wedding. 2002 was a big year for us! I graduated from Carlson in February, built a house in June, and married in December! I started my own massage therapy practice in a chiropractic clinic in Grinnell. I was an Independent Contractor and able to build my practice up to the point that I had a wait list of 3-months long. I couldn't have been more blessed with my business. In 2007, I announced I would be closing the doors to my practice to become a stay-at-home mom (our first baby was due in December). My clients thought I was crazy to walk away from the amazing business I had, but I knew with a career and passion in massage therapy, I'd be able to pick it back up when I was ready. In 2009, I started working one day a week from a home office. In 2010, I added another day to my schedule. Now, my daughter is 5-years old and in preschool three days a week. I was able to add a few more clients to my schedule while she's at preschool. It's been the perfect scenario to be able to adjust my schedule with her adjusting schedule!
Brianne balances her home and work life out of her home office in Grinnell IA.
I started my journey at Carlson College of Massage Therapy in the fall of 2011 as a part time student. I was determined to go back to college before I turned forty; which was creeping up fast. That winter I started to research and really think about what I wanted out of a new career. I knew I needed a career that gave me the opportunity to interact with others and help them feel better about themselves. Massage Therapy sounded like the perfect choice. I reviewed other schools, but found Carlson College had the most to offer. The part time program allowed me to be with my family and stay employed full time. It was also a great way to get back into a good study routine with the program being spread out over eleven months. Fast forward to August 2012 and I am now a recent graduate of Carlson College of Massage Therapy. I was blessed with wonderful instructors and classmates. Going to school seemed more like getting together with family. I am impressed with the teaching style they provide at Carlson and how they incorporate everyday life lessons into our time learning. Thanks to the instructors at Carlson College I now have the confidence and knowledge to become a successful massage therapist.