In her successful career as a Massage Therapist, Becks Johnson reflects on the opportunities she received – and contacts made – during her study that opened doors she never dreamed possible.
Becks has worked with several high profile New Zealand sporting teams and individuals since entering the massage industry, as well as all manner of recreational athletes. Big name clients have included the Highlanders, Otago Cricket, and Southern Steel netballers – to name a few.
Currently she is the lead Massage Therapist for the Highlanders and manages a team of 10 qualified therapists. “I especially love to help athletes get back on the field, pitch or court after injury – and help them maintain a high level of performance,” she says.
A keen sportswoman herself, Becky decided to enrol for the Diploma in Massage Therapy* at Otago Polytechnic. “The body has always intrigued me,” she explains, “and learning how to make the body move in the most efficient way and recover quickly led me to towards massage therapy.”
Becky was particularly impressed by the quality of teaching at OP, and how friendly and helpful the staff were. “Many of the fantastic therapists there later became mentors,” she says. She was fascinated to learn about the various treatment methods and approaches used in massage therapy, and also made the most of extracurricular activities while studying – including volunteering at the Dunedin Marathon.
“Having the qualification to back you up is invaluable in this industry.”
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