I was finishing my last semester at the University of New Mexico, about to complete my B.A. in English Literature, when it hit me: I had no idea what I wanted to do or be when I 'grew up'. At the time, I was going through a divorce and raising three small children. I had always enjoyed cooking and baking for my family, so I used those creative and organizational skills to find work in the catering industry, as well as the movie and TV commercial industries doing craft service, food styling, assisting in the art and makeup/wardrobe departments, whatever was available at the time. These types of freelance jobs can be few and far between at times, so I went back to school and received my Real Estate Broker's license, but quickly realized that this line of work was definitely not my calling. Later I was hired by a PR company as a line producer/researcher to help produce videos, ranging from regional drought issues, groundwater contamination, mass transit, to unusual topics like bat habitations and abandoned mines in New Mexico. The schedule was flexible enough to allow me to be home for my children. But something was still missing.
In the course of my ongoing journey of self-discovery, I realized that I wanted to work in a field where I could connect with others on a deep heart level. I wanted to make a difference, to lead a meaningful life, make an impact, no matter how subtle it might seem. I wanted to be of service, to apply and follow an important principle in my daily life and work: that body and mind and spirit are all connected, that we all have a deep connection with one another.
Becoming a licensed massage therapist and practicing for the last 7 years has helped me realize that my true nature and essence is that of a caregiver. Witnessing an obvious shift in my clients' moods following their massage treatments, a shift that reflects a profound release of stress and physical discomfort, is truly a gift that never grows old for me. To be able to put my clients at ease and give them an hour of respite from this frenzied world gives me great joy. I feel honored to be able to hold a safe, sacred space for them, and witness their innate ability to heal. Massage therapy continues to be a satisfying, focused, meditative experience for me, as well as for my massage clientele.
“I have known Carol for many years. As a psychotherapist in private practice, I have recommended her many times to help clients with trauma and stress-related issues. I have heard only outstanding feedback about her and her work, like the following:
‘Carol’s heart and hands are among the most wonderful I’ve ever experienced. She is deeply caring and thoroughly skilled. She uses many different modalities, from deep pressure, to subtle energy methods, all of which have helped me make big gains in my physical and emotional health. Massage with Carol has lowered my overall stress level significantly. Now I can’t imagine my life without regular massage. Carol is such a loving person and such a fine therapist; she is truly a healer.’ ”
Shoshona Blankman, MA, LPCC #1905