In 1994, I was in Year 12; it was that time of the year where I had to select courses to enrol for university next year. I remember overhearing a student I knew in the court yard during lunch break speaking to another student about Myotherapy. I distinctly heard her say how hard it was to get into Myotherapy. So I am not sure if it was the word ‘Myotherapy’ that interested me or the fact it was ‘hard to get into’. At that time RMIT only took 50 students a year and there was only one school that taught Myotherapy to my knowledge then. The preferences I chose was Human Movement, Physical Education, Myotherapy in that order and Food Technology my last preference as I had no idea what courses I wanted to put. I didn’t get in to either of the courses as I didn’t have the prerequisites but did Physical Education which gave me 10% bonus points.
In 1995 I got into my last preference Advanced Diploma Food Technology and was not happy and lasted about two weeks and left. I did some research and found out that I needed to do VCE Biology to get into those courses and thought what the hell I might as well do VCE Human Development as another subject at Preston Tafe which is now known as NMIT. At the same time I was studying and working at Kmart 15 hours a weeks in the ladies wear department. I then decided I would do the Fitness Instructor course at the same time to help me get into my course preferences and to show my initiative and enthusiasm.
For me to become fully qualified I was required to do 120 hours of practical training to be qualified 40 hours water aerobics, 40 hours exercise to music and 40 hours of resistance training. As a participate I joined up at a gym locally – Ivanhoe Aquatic and Fitness Centre and started to do my hours there as well as other fitness centres and boutique studios around Melbourne.
For months I participate in aerobic at Ivanhoe Aquatic and fitness centre I finally had the courage to introduce myself to Vicki who was a well respected fitness instructor. She later took me under her wings and became my training mentor. I later discover through our conversations she completed her Physical Education degree at RMIT and taught Kineslogy at RMIT in the city campus to Myotherapy students at the course I had recently applied. I told her my story like I have with you and she recommended that I write at the top of the form I had an interview the previous year. By having an interview the first time was important as it showed they were keen.
I applied for Myotherapy the second time in 1995 and got an interview which was important at that time to get an interview for the course but didn’t get in. As you do I was really felt disappointed and didn’t want to give up. I still don’t know why but I guess I had to keep trying.
The following year 1996 I then did a Sports Nutrition Course at NMIT and continued my hours to become a qualified fitness instructor. I Applied for the Myotherapy the third time, had an interview and FINALLY got in after three attempts. What a relief!
Six months into my Myotherapy course I went to work at a health club at the time it was called Queens Park Health Club in the Melbourne CDB as a massage therapist. I was not allowed to call myself a Myotherapist until I graduated but used all the techniques I practised in class at work. For over four years I worked at other myotherapy clinic and at the same time I taught aerobics, aqua, circuit, did a small stint of personal training and did some gym work at different health clubs around Melbourne. At the same time I worked amongst physiotherapist, chiropractors, myotherapists, Pilate’s instructors, and personal trainers. It took me five years to complete my Myotherapy course at the same time I was studying and working. I officially became a fully qualified Myotherapist in 2001 nine years later and still loving what I do and have my own private practise.
Why do you think I am telling you this story?
Persistence is very important in life especially once it come to your health. People give up too quickly and the secret is to keep trying until you find something that works and makes a difference. You are already there it only a matter of time and you never know who you are talking to or overhearing a conversation like I did when I was considering what I wanted to do in my life. Listening and asking the right questions can simple be a solution to your health problems.
I look forward to hearing your story.