Healing as a Whole

Scholarship Entrant: Naomi from Minnetonka, MN
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Naomi: 48

If I could earn a living doing what I love most, it would be helping people heal as a whole. We are all walking wounded whether we choose to see it or not. Everyone has been hurt in some capacity whether it be emotional, mental, spiritual or physical. In most cases it has been in more than one area of their life.

I work as a barista and a freelance photographer. These two jobs have given me an opportunity to encounter many people from many different walks of life, most of whom share their life stories and experiences with me. They are looking to be healed in one area or another and are reaching out for help.

I would like to learn how to facilitate the healing process first through “healing touch.” For me that would be working as a massage therapist. Most people need touch in order to feel healthy and whole. Massage offers more than relaxation. It can bring about physical healing, emotional healing and mental healing. Our minds and bodies are connected and work together. When we are “hurt” our body actually registers this hurt, it could be neck pain, or shoulder pain, or lower back pain, depending upon where the body “stored” the pain. As a massage therapist works on this part of the body to release the “ache.” They in turn bring about the healing process.

I personally would like to work with women who have suffered trauma due to sexual abuse. What happens to ones outlook on life, and their outlook on people, society as a whole becomes skewed. Most are afraid of people in general and use many different tactic to overcome their fears. These women are desperate for touch and yet afraid to receive it, that it seems they stay stuck in an endless cycle of self-hatred and self-abuse. if I could come in and do as little as work on their feet, just so that they can relax and experience physical touch in a non-intrusive manner, it would very much facilitate in their healing process.

In order to get to this place. I need to get into a good Massage Therapy Program. That is why I have chosen Northwestern Health Sciences University. they have an excellent Massage Therapy program. They are a well respected school throughout the country. They have classes and clinics lined up with different hospitals in the area, where we can work hands on with all sorts of people from the very young to the very old, to the very healthy to the very sick. The programs that they have offer a Certificate of massage as well as an Associate of Applied Science Degree, which is what I would need in order to work in a hospital setting as a massage therapist.

While in school, towards the end of my time there, I would contact the Melrose Institute at Methodist Hospital and inquire with them to see if they had any volunteer opportunities available to do massage therapy with the women and men they treat. So that i can start in the area that I would like to specialize in. I would love if it turned into more than a volunteer position once I graduate in January of 2016.

Vote for Naomi: 48

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