Dream career for masseuse
A RELAXING holiday on Hamilton Island turned out to be a catalyst for a career change for Warwick woman Fiona Taylor.
Mrs Taylor started two weeks ago as the new massage therapist at The Physiotherapy Centre.
"I fell in love with massage while on holiday," she said.
"It was unexpected - I have been in dental most of my life and suddenly these new doors opened up for massage."
Mrs Taylor has more than 24 years experience in the health industry and previously worked as a dental nurse.
She holds a Certificate IV in Remedial Massage from Health Schools Australia, which she received in November, and is working towards her Diploma in Remedial Massage, which she will receive mid next year.
"You don't really realise how important massage is until you get into the study of it," Mrs Taylor said.
"The benefits are endless, whether it is for relaxation, helping injuries or wellbeing.
"Even when you get older, the body needs more maintenance.
"There can be great outcomes of massage therapy working in tandem with physiotherapy."
Part of Mrs Taylor's studies included 60 hours of hands-on massage practice, and she said she would like to specialise in pregnancy massage in the future.
"When it is done properly and professionally, massage is absolutely lovely," she said.
Born and bred in Warwick, Mrs Taylor said her first two weeks on the job have been fantastic.
"It has all been really good," she said. "Working here is such an opportunity and the team here are great."
Mrs Taylor will massage about 25 patients a week at the centre.
She will also be jetting around to Warwick's workplaces as part of The Physiotherapy Centre's Christmas worker massages.
"We will be starting on-site massages for employees who can't get away from the workplace," she said.
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