I spent a few months in Richmond working and saving up some money then decided on massage school shortly after. I had been thinking about it the past year and after talking to my good friend who was a massage therapist I decided I would go for it. I chose The Sedona School of Massage, which I had toured earlier that year, and excitedly set off on my first cross-country train ride.
Even the parking lot from my school was a scenic vista. My school was anything but clinical, which was perfect for me, the others I toured I just knew I would be miserable. Every morning for 15 minutes we would practice juggling, we had a few yoga/tai chi classes and a couple art classes sprinkled in, as well as 4 “mandatory” hikes to rock jumps, waterfalls and rivers where we were taught about various spa treatments, salt scrubs, etc.
I had planned on buying a van to stay in for those 6 months, but the person I was supposed to buy it from sold it before I got there so I wound up staying with a teacher from school and a previous student (his girlfriend) instead.
During the 6 months of massage school we had a week break so my roommates and I took a quick road trip and went out to California. They went to stay with family and I stayed with my friend Rob in La Jolla.
Once back in Sedona we also visited Wupatki, an aspen grove, Flagstaff for a fun cover band we discovered at a brewery in Sedona, as well as Jerome to go to 1 of the “world famous” Halloween parties at “The Asylum” restaurant in the Jerome Grand Hotel.
I never expected I would learn so much at a massage school besides the obvious (massage), but those 6 months were jam packed with so much knowledge and amazing experiences. If you’re bouncing around the idea of going to a massage school I would highly recommend Sedona School of Massage (http://www.sedona-school-of-massage.com/), a really unique school in a magical setting.