This month's featured practitioner
- Lisa McReynolds R.M.T.
Tonume's newest feature online is a fun Question and Answer with one of our practitioners/staff.
This month we feature one of our R.M.T.'s Lisa McReynolds.
Q: What type of activities do you do for your own self-care?
A: Exercise - Being out in the woods has always been something I have been drawn to. I love to hike through the forests and mountains to reconnect with nature. I always leave feeling replenished and grounded.
Meditation - There are plenty of forms of meditation and I love to explore them. I try my best to practice some form of meditation everyday.
Reading - I could (and have) spend hours curled up on my couch with a hot cup of tea, reading whatever I feel inspired to read in the moment. I usually gravitate to fictional novels when I am feeling the need to step outside of myself for a moment and recharge but love non-fiction writing very much as well.
Music - Whether I am lying on my floor or dancing around my house, listening to music has always been therapeutic for me. Whether its the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Miles Davis, A Tribe Called Quest or Queen Bey herself ... its always a blast!
Travel - You learn so much about yourself and the world through travelling to different countries and exploring different cultures. You learn empathy and patience for yourself and for others and learn to truly appreciate the simple things in life. I always come home feeling grounded and inspired.
Q: Why did you choose to become a Registered Massage Therapist?
Before going to school to become an RMT I was working as a bartender and server. I came to a decision near the end of my time in the restaurant industry that I needed to step into a career that would provide me with the opportunity to contribute positively to those around me. One that would allow me to give back to others and to my community. So, after ten years I took a deep breath and jumped. There are so many reasons beyond my need to assist others for why becoming an RMT spoke to me. Here are just a few:
* I have had my fair share of injuries throughout my life and have received massage as a part of my rehabilitation for many of them. It is through my own personal experience as a patient that instilled in me a strong belief in the power of positive touch. I wanted a chance to pay forward the healing touch I had received throughout my life. I wanted a job that allowed me the freedom to move throughout the day and one that challenged me in a way that forced me to constantly learn and grow. There is so much about the body that remains to be understood and discovered and there is new information coming out every day. If you apply yourself, you can never be bored in this profession. Last, but not at all least, I felt as though I could find a happy work-life balance with a career as an RMT.
Q: What is on of the most memorable results you've had in a treatment one of your patients had from your treatment?
A: I am ecstatic and humbled every time someone leaves my treatment room feeling better then they did when they walked in but the most memorable results I have had in a treatment centred around relieving discomfort and pain. I was able to work with a child early in my career that was going through an intensive treatment including chemotherapy for leukaemia. We worked mainly on engaging the nervous system to try and calm the body to assist in healing and to provide some relief of the pain they were feeling. It was one of the hardest and most rewarding treatments I have ever had the chance to give.
Q: Can you share one of your favorite memories?
A: During my first solo backpacking trip throughout Australia I had the chance to camp out for a few nights in the bush. I would sit awake at night after the stars had come out and stair up into the nights sky while Kangaroos hopped about all around me. It was too dark to see much further then a foot in front of me and so couldn't see them but the noise of their hopping was one of the coolest and memorable sounds I have ever heard.
Q: Where have you most wanted to travel, but have never been?
A: India - I have always felt a huge pull towards India. I have heard the most incredible tales from people who have lived or travelled there. I would love to experience every single thing it has to offer: the food, the yoga, the colours, the noise, the music, the culture, the smells, the trains, the jungles, the beaches and most of all, the beautiful mix of people.
Q: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
A: A professional backup dancer for Beyonce - or - a professional photographer.
Q: What is your favourite restaurant on the drive?
A: Bandidas - Not only is the food delicious and affordable but they are very conscious of minimizing their environmental impact. They purchase as much as they can locally, buy re-used furniture and equipment where they can and are involved in supporting the community. My favourite thing on the menu right now is the Ronnie Russell Burrito baked with goats cheese. That burrito alone is worth a visit!