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It’s not about the win…it’s that you had the courage to begin...

These words of encouragement from a marathon runner motivated me as I was training for my first MS-150 bike ride…I have since learned that they hold true for whatever we do…and remind my students and clients that so often, starting is the hardest part and once something is begun, you’ve already won. The athletes and volunteers we have the opportunity to support at our sports massage events (The Ride for Diabetes, Save the Bay Swim, Special Olympics, MS-150, Pan Mass Challenge and the CVS Charity Classic) know that victory is not about crossing the finish line…it’s all about taking that important first step! The CCRI students I’ve had the good fortune to teach have made me proud to work beside them at the finish lines and on the fields…they have represented themselves and CCRI in a manner that reflects the high standards of the massage therapy profession.

My goal for each class is to remind students about what they already know and to apply this knowledge in a new and different way. I’ll wear a costume, bring in props or play a game to keep things fresh and keep the focus alive. My experience tells me, “If we can laugh, the work is cut in half!”

Lou Ann Botsford, LCMT

CCRI Adjunct Faculty

November 2009

 

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