We are very pleased to announce the addition of Rebecca Naugler to our team. Rebecca is a Registered Massage Therapist with a wealth of experience and a passion for helping people. Here are Rebecca’s answers to a few questions we recently asked her.
When did you become a Massage Therapist?
I was certified in the fall of 1999, after graduating from Sutherland-Chan School & Teaching Clinic. Shortly after this I moved to Guelph and set up my own practice.
What prompted you to become a Massage Therapist in the first place?
I had known since about grade 11 that I wanted to go into healthcare. I was actually a year into a different program when I learned about Massage Therapy. Something clicked, and I knew that’s what I needed to be doing. This epiphany came while I was recovering from a major injury, so as soon as I was healed up I switched to a massage program and never looked back!
What do you like the most about what you do?
Simply that I get to help people. When I first meet someone they might be in pain, stressed, exhausted, or maybe lonely and feeling isolated. Through caring therapeutic massage I get to alleviate pain and dysfunction. Also, I wholeheartedly believe that safe, caring touch is an essential element for everyone’s overall well-being.
Is there anything that makes you unique as a massage therapist?
Actually, what I feel makes me stand out is my personal history of illness and injury. It has made me a better and more compassionate therapist, and more understanding of the challenges that some of my clients face. I’ve learned first hand about mobility challenges when using crutches and canes, dealing with chronic acute pain, and some of the psychological issues of dealing with long term illness or injury.
What do you like about working at Forward Health?
I love the friendly and supportive atmosphere in the clinic. I love that we’re all working with the same objective of helping people achieve their wellness goals. I love the circle of care model where three different disciplines can work together as needed to better help our clients. I am truly looking forward to a long, happy career with you and the rest of the team at Forward Health!