Taking lots and lots of continuing education classes over the years has helped me develop my skill as a massage therapist, kept me interested in and engaged with my work, connected me with wonderful people in our shared community, and expanded my vision and my life. After twenty plus years as an LMT, I still take as many continuing education courses as I can fit into my budget and tight schedule. I offer PWYC classes to help make the same benefits available for my LMT colleagues, whether they are comfortable financially or not.
I've heard many LMTs say they have difficulty affording CE classes on their often very modest paychecks. I've heard many say that for financial reasons they limit the CE classes they take to the bare minimum required to keep their license active. I am committed to helping these colleagues attend as many massage classes as they are motivated to take.To this end I offer a "Pay What You Can" system for some of my classes. My intent is to eliminate budget constraints as barriers preventing passionate massage therapists from attending classes.
I am committed to cultivating the quality of massage in our community so that together we can continue to improve and evolve. I am dedicated to helping all of us LMTs discover ever more ways to be successful in our lives on many levels, and to love our work. I so enjoy both giving massage and teaching others; I thrive by sharing my passion with other wonderful therapists. Offering PWYC classes is one way for me to support our shared community.
Note that because of logistics PWYC is available only for the classes that I self host, and is not available for classes I teach that are hosted by Therapeutic Training Center, the AMTA, or other organizations.
I have offered a different model of PWYC, generous partial scholarships, for many years. I also offer very liberal sliding scale massage sessions for massage therapists. My experience has been that LMTs use these opportunities carefully, and with appreciation. I keep the quality of my massage sessions and massage classes high, and LMTs respond by paying as much as they can. I've never experienced anyone abusing these opportunities. So come, give it a try and see what happens!
Finally, thank you fellow teacher Joe Lavin of Touch Factor Massage and Bodywork for the model this PWYC system.