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Q&A with City Lit Massage Student, Taru Venalainen

15 September 2021
Posted in: Stories

— Main points

  • City Lit catches up with Taru Venalainen to find out more about how she got into Massage.
  • Training in Massage opened new opportunities for Vatu to expand her practise.
  • If you’re interested in Massage, give it a go - there’s so much to explore and the learning never ends.

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Q: Could you tell us a little about your background, and what led you to train in massage?

A: I had previously completed a degree in nutrition but became unhappy doing so much work sitting at a desk and working at a computer. So, I came to City Lit to do the entry-level holistic massage course.

At first, I took the course just to entertain myself and see if I'd enjoy practising in massage. If I am honest. I had no great expectations at all or no real plans to make it a profession, but this is where the course led me.

"There are so many different areas to build your practice, and the course opened up these opportunities."

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Q: What do you enjoy the most about working in massage and complementary therapies?

A: I enjoy helping others to feel better and well in their own skin is wonderful.

Q: What courses have you taken, and what skills, knowledge and experience did you gain through your studies?

A: After the City Lit Holistic massage course, I completed a Level 5 Soft Tissue Therapy course for couple of years and I have completed short courses in Oncology, Deep Tissue and Chair Massage, etc. There are so many different areas to build your practice, and the course opened these opportunities.

Q: What did you enjoy the most about training with City Lit?

A: The course I did was a gentle introduction to massage and delivered in a relaxed yet informative way.

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Q: What are you doing now after completing your training?

A: I had a busy London practice for four years, but I've recently moved to Somerset where I now need to re-build the practice from scratch again!  An exciting and slightly daunting challenge.

Q: What advice would you offer to anyone interested in training in this area?

A: Dip your toe in with an entry-level massage course - then if you enjoy it, go deeper (and the learning never ends!). It's difficult to know in advance whether you will like doing massage (even if you love receiving a massage yourself), but I highly recommend trying it out.

I also encourage anyone interested to enjoy the duality of physicality along with the knowledge of anatomy and physiology required.

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Taru completed the City Lit Holistic Massage course just to dip a toe and see where it could lead. In the end it led to new opportunities for her practise.

You too can have a go by joining us on a beginners' massage course. We aim to inspire you and ignite your passion just like we did for Taru.

Recently, we opened the City Lit Wellbeing Centre. This newly refurbished facility is where our Health and Wellbeing courses are taught in London. We are offering taster courses if you want to come and see this amazing space for yourself and get a feel of what it's like to learn at City Lit.