Cathy and Cal go back to school with their guest this week, Jennifer Stuart. Form owning and operating a massage school during a pandemic, to ideas for elevating massage therapy education, this week’s episode tackles all the biggest and stickiest issues in massage education.
About Our Guest:
Born and raised on the beautiful north shore of Nova Scotia, Jenn was steeped in traditional Maritime culture in Canada’s ocean playground. Attending Acadia University, she obtained a BSc in Biology & Chemistry, intending to go into medicine. Meeting a massage therapist in the late 80’s – one of ~12 therapists in NS at the time – changed the course of her life. She entered the Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy (CCMH) in 1992, graduating with honours in 1993 and has never looked back. Her career began in Alberta where she instructed at multiple massage schools, developing curriculum, and crafting her classroom prowess, as well as practicing in a variety of health care settings. Her passions were teaching the science-based courses and treating patients with chronic pain conditions. Jenn married a classmate from CCMH, Peter Stuart, who has become one of Canada’s leading myofascial release specialists. Jenn and Pete moved their family back to Nova Scotia in 1999 and continued both practicing and teaching until 2008 when Jenn retired her hands to join the administration at CCMH Halifax. Next year, 2021, marks the 75th anniversary of CCMH and the 20th anniversary of Jenn’s employment with the legacy school. As of August 2020, she is now her own boss as a very proud co-owner of the only CCMH campus remaining in Canada, in Halifax.