Friday, October 20, 2017

Are You an Entrepreneur?

I’m surrounded by entrepreneurs. They come into Aspen Massage Institute every day. They are from many walks of lives and different parts of the world. The people I meet have worked in a wide variety of jobs, had horrible and great bosses, and are the epitome of diversity. Some have families, some are young women and men ready to make their mark on the world. All have one thing in common, they are tired of settling for someone else's dream.

Who is an Entrepreneur?

The Webster Dictionary defines entrepreneur as: “one who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise”

I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a worse explanation of what an entrepreneur is in my life! The ones I know do much more than just "organize, manage and assume risk." They innovate, inspire others, work hard, create jobs, instill hope, and lead people to take a chance instead of doing what’s easy. They change lives, starting with their own.

These are people who bravely step forward when others stay back. They see the future, focus on their dreams, and then make them happen. Yes, they take risks, but they also know the payoff is greater. They live to do great things and are not controlled by fear. They are heroes.


My Favorite Entrepreneurs

My favorite entrepreneurs aren’t the owners of large corporations, tech giants, or sports stars. They are the women and men who come in our doors with the passion and determination to change their future. Aspen Massage Institute was started to provide a pathway for people who wanted to do something more with their lives than just have a job. It’s not about “what” you want to be when you grow up, it’s about “Who” you want to be when you grow up.

The people who have graduated from our Massage Therapist Program didn’t come in with any special abilities or medical knowledge. They were servers, stay at home parents, mechanics, and everything in between. Ordinary people who have made a commitment to do what they love. I’m continually humbled and amazed by their work ethic and commitment to succeed. I’m continually proud of who they have become today.

Improved Lives

They have all improved their lives. Whether they have started their own small massage therapy business, work part-time to supplement their income, or have found employment with a spa that allows them to help people in a job they truly love. These graduates are entrepreneurs because they have taken the risk to become who they wanted to become and now use their skills to do what they want to do and all those around them benefit.


One of my Favorite Quotes

"Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover." Mark Twain, author.

Are You an Entrepreneur?

Don’t let fear, finances, or other people keep you from being WHO you want to be. We talk with people every day who are curious about what it takes to become a Massage Therapist. Some are just beginning their search and others have researched many different Massage Schools and want to know what makes us special. We enjoy talking to all of them.

It all starts with reaching out and beginning the conversation. Call us today at 970-300-4644
to talk about our program or click around our site to get more information. We look forward to meeting with you and discovering what your entrepreneurial future holds.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

What happens after becoming a Certified Massage Therapist?

Deciding to take the plunge and go to massage school is a huge decision, and one thing we frequently hear potential students asking is what, exactly, they’ll do after graduation.

It’s no secret that massage therapy is one of the most flexible careers around. Massage therapists can choose to work for someone else or be their own boss, and regardless of which you choose, most have some flexibility around their schedules and the rates they charge.

That said, taking a leap into such a wide open career field can be nerve-wracking. Here are some of the most common paths newly-certified massage therapists take:

Setting up a private practice

This is probably the most daunting possibility, and that’s why our program includes classes on business practices. From entrepreneurial skills to regulatory practices, we’ll provide all the information you need to branch out on your own.

Make no mistake, though, developing a successful private practice will take a lot of work and motivation. Private practitioners may make house calls (taking their table with them!) or work odd hours to meet the needs of their clients. And of course, you’ll need to spend a fair amount of time marketing yourself: asking for testimonials, handing out business cards, and building a website.

The work will be hard, but the rewards of a successful private practice are worth it. Once established, you’ll be able to set your own schedule, take time off whenever you need to, and make enough money to work as little or as much as you want to.

Finding a job

It can be surprising how many places are looking for massage therapists: gyms, spas, chiropractors, and medical professionals all frequently have massage therapists on staff. Although these will likely pay less than a private practice, schedules are often still somewhat flexible.

For many new graduates, a mix of part-time job and private practice can be the best way to start. The reliability of a job makes the establishment of a successful practice less urgent while also providing time to learn more about working with clients and establishing your own business.

Teaching the next generation of massage therapists

With the growth of the field of massage therapy, teaching opportunities abound. As a new graduate you probably won’t be ready to become a full teacher right away, but with the hands-on training necessary for massage there are many positions available for assistant teachers.

Teaching is also useful in allowing you to build your skills and expertise. In fact, studies show that teaching is the best way to learn a skill yourself, so a stint in the classroom is likely to benefit you as much as your students.

No matter what you choose, we’ll help you get started

Our program is designed not just to teach you the fundamentals of becoming an excellent massage therapist, but also to make sure you have the skills and knowledge you’ll need to get started after graduation. Beyond the classes on entrepreneurial skills, we’ll also work with you on building a resume, following licensing regulations, and working with clients. At AMI we pride ourselves on making sure you’re ready for whatever comes next.

Learn more about our program here

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Looking for a Career Change?

Now is the Perfect Time!

Spring is the perfect time for new beginnings and planting seeds. Just barely a month after the official first day of spring, April 24th our new session starts. It is the perfect time to take a leap of faith and plant the “seeds” to become a Certified Massage Therapist right here in the beautiful state of Colorado! Our students will embark on an 8-month, 600+ hour journey, that will launch their new careers and improve their lives in the process.

A Career Change to Massage Therapy Could Be What You Need!

Aspen Massage Institute (AMI) offers full career counseling to assist program graduates in realizing their career objectives. The American Massage Therapy Association’s research indicates that Massage Therapy is a $12.1 billion dollar industry in America as of 2015, compared to the $6 billion estimate ten years earlier in 2005! This means that the tremendous growth and potential of the sector makes it ripe with opportunity for program graduates looking for a new career or supplemental income. Surveys indicate that roughly 25% of American adults have had a massage at least once in their life, and the versatility and broad range of training gained in the AMI Certified Massage Therapist program will empower students to help increase those percentages by giving them a wide variety of skill sets.

Students enrolled in the program will receive training in Swedish Massage Fundamentals, including how to accommodate clients of all different health/body considerations, in addition to learning how to foster trust with client-focused care.

Lessons on anatomy science and pathology instill body awareness and in-depth knowledge that is crucial for massage therapy, and instruction on modern hydrotherapy, spa fundamentals, sports fundamentals, and neuromuscular therapy create solid building blocks for students on their path to mastering a broad range of massage therapy considerations.

Classes on ethics and business practices prepare program graduates for breaking out on their own, carving a place for themselves in the industry as entrepreneurs and business owners – including not only licensing and certification requirements, but resume writing, confidentiality, self-promotion, and trust-building with clients.

The Aspen Massage Institute’s Certified Massage Therapist program also includes certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid through the National Safety Council. Students will also complete 142 hours of a clinical internship, which provides hands-on experience working with public clientele. Professional massage therapists often work in a client’s home (45% of the time), a personal office (38%), their private home (32%), or at a spa or salon (26%). AMI is committed to providing students with experience and training that can be applied to any of these, or other locations!

Helping to Heal the Community, One Client at a Time!

As of July 2016, over 51 million American adults had discussed massage therapy with their physician as a means of treating problematic health conditions, many of which are chronic and on-going detriments to their physical well-being. Graduates of the AMI program will have the knowledge, hands-on training, and education required to help treat clients who suffer from cancer-related fatigue and pain, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, low back pain, and other debilitating conditions. In addition, they will also have opportunities to benefit clients by boosting their immune systems, lowering blood pressure, and reducing post-operative pain and recovery time!

It’s never too late to make a huge change, and to take the very first steps towards a new career and life plan. Aspen Massage Institute is committed to improving the well-being of the Colorado community, and providing students with the ability to invest in themselves and their future as licensed massage therapists. The average charge for an hour of massage-related work is $71 as of 2015, and today’s massage therapist works an average of 18 hours a week providing massages. That revenue benefits the local economy, and together, Aspen Massage Institute and program graduates can enrich not only the lives of their students and instructors but also their clientele in beautiful Colorado and beyond!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A New Year and a New Lease on Life

As I sit and write this I’m thinking of how great this last year has been. I am proud and truly love the work we do at AMI and the lives that have changed due to our program. I’m also reminded of the numerous people I see that grudgingly enter work every day feeling trapped and sometimes even hopeless. I’m going to do my best to not make this a “salesy” blog post, but at the same time; I feel I really need to share with you what I feel in my heart.

A Repeating Theme

I glanced back over the posts from the year and there is definitely a trend. Too many people don’t like their jobs. Even here in Aspen, there are too many people who don’t feel in control of their lives and are unhappy. We see them every day, and honestly, it breaks my heart. My whole life has been centered on helping people reach their goals, whether that is in a healthy lifestyle or loving what they do. While I am grateful for all the successes, I also want to make sure we help as many as we can.

What Can You Do

First, check out our program here. This page describes AMI’s courses to become a Certified Massage Therapist. I lead you here because I want you to compare this to other programs. We have worked hard to develop a course that not only teaches how to do massage therapy, but also to provide our students more hands-on training, opportunities to practice, and give them the skills they need to market themselves and fulfill their dreams. I know if you look around you’ll quickly see we stand out above high volume programs that teach from a book, not from touch.

Second, visit us. We have regular events to introduce future students to the instructors and explain the highs and lows of entering this career. We believe anyone can succeed if they are committed to doing their best and our course is no different. You’ll find our entire staff is fully dedicated to helping all our students reach their goals. To date, every student that has gone through our program has passed their certification exams. Some have started their own business, some are working in high end spas, and some are working here.

Third, consider sending someone to massage school. I know this is a big one, but if you know someone that hates their job I encourage you to help them find a better one, one they will love. Maybe you can’t afford the whole tuition, offer to pay a portion of it or buy the books. If they have children, offer to babysit during class time or when they need time to study. It may be as simple as going to an informational event with them so they aren’t so nervous. You have the power to help someone change their life forever.

Perhaps you have read our blogs, visited the site, followed us on Facebook and dreamed about attending AMI but have never reached out. If this is you, pick up the phone right now and call 970-300-4644 and talk to us. We won’t pressure you and I promise you, we’ll answer all your questions, even the tough ones.

Happy New Year!

This time of year brings different emotions and thoughts in all of us as we think about the good times, bad times, and everything in between. I’m proud of what we’ve done this last year. Every time another class graduates we’re caught up in their excitement. The joy of seeing people exceed their expectations and start a new career doing something they love is contagious. So in keeping with that spirit, please let us know if we can help you in any way.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Do You Love Your Job? Take this Quiz

There are some people who truly love what they do and enjoy going to work every day. We have found that these people don’t call their jobs “work”.

Instead they enjoy what they are doing and love sharing their success with those around them. They have found their passion and have made it happen.

To find out if you are one of these people, simple respond to the questions below:


1. Are you making the money you want to make?

2. You have the opportunity for advancement or growth?

3. Does your work feel redundant or boring?

4. Are you passionate about your job?

5. Are you proud and happy to talk about where you work?

6. Do you love going to work on Monday mornings?

7. Are you working in an industry you love?

8. Do you get to choose your hours or set your schedule?

9. Do you have the flexibility you need to take care of your family?

10. Do you feel in charge of your future?

If you answered “NO” to more than two of the questions then you may want to seriously think about finding out what you truly love. We understand that this is a slightly subjective quiz, but we also know there are too many people who don’t like what they do for a living.

Our Massage Therapy Certification program is intentionally designed to provide the opportunity to succeed for people who want to make a difference in their life. Our past students are doing what they love in one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. We believe everyone should have the chance to enjoy their career.

If you are thinking about, or are ready to make a change, then we invite you to attend one of our upcoming Career Exploration Events. Click here for more information or call us at 970-300-4644. Our next session starts April 10th, 2017 and there is still time to join. Just think, by this time next year you could love Monday mornings again.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Gold Medals All Around!

Like many of you, I really enjoyed watching the Olympics. There is always something inspiring when you see an individual who has dedicated their whole being to a single purpose be rewarded for their efforts. Even the athletes who haven’t medaled are spectacular and amazing people just by having the opportunity to compete on such a grand stage. As the closing ceremony finishes I am struck by the life changing atmosphere for each and every athlete.

At AMI we have the honor to work with people who dedicate their lives to making other lives better. In each session we welcome a new group of students. Many have the same scared and apprehensive face of our children on the first day of school. We see the anxiety, but know that soon their excitement will grow and their confidence rise. It is a wonderful honor to be part of this growth.

Helping Others through Massage Therapy

Amanda's Certificate Massage and Bodywork Licensing ExamWhen the idea first came up to open the Aspen Massage Institute we focused our efforts on creating opportunities for everyone who wanted to improve their lives. We knew that massage therapy was, and still is one of the most rapidly growing segments of health services, and has the ability to literally touch and change so many lives.

We have taught and become close friends with so many students over the past years and have been privileged to see the results of dedication and hard work. Our students come from everywhere. They all have different jobs, lives and backgrounds. Some come from Aspen, others from around the U.S. and even the world. Their diversity gives us hope and reminds us everyone deserves a chance to succeed.

All Our Students Came in First

It’s hard to judge success sometimes. The 2016 Olympics showed us it is more than just winning gold medals; it’s also about caring for those around you and sharing in the hard work. We love working alongside our students, getting to know them, their challenges and strengths. We love seeing the “ah-ha” moments, and sharing the joy of success.

Every Student Passed the MBLEx Colorado State Test!

Graduation day is special for us. Before us stand people that are ready for a new career. Once anxious and doubtful our students are confident and prepared. Their eyes gleam with hope. They face one last hurdle, the licensing test. The MBLEx (Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam) for Colorado is not easy. It puts the skills and knowledge of each applicant to the test. Many fail. Our students did not. In fact, every student from our last session passed. I’m proud of them and of our instructors.

Get Your Gold Medal

Andree shows off her Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam CertificateAs we prepare for the next session of our Certified Massage Therapist training in April we are already thinking about the new students we will meet. Some will have health backgrounds; some will be waiters and bartenders, moms and dads, young and old. We look forward to watching them accomplish their goals. We look forward to meeting their families and support groups. We look forward to watching them succeed.

If you are looking for a change, a career that helps others and financially rewarding, we urge you to give us a call. If you know someone that says over and over how much they hate their job and they just want to help people, give them our number. We want everyone to get their Gold Medal.

To contact Aspen Massage Institute call 970-300-4644 or click here. We can't wait to talk with you.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Who Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

The end of the school year brings memories of graduations and life changes. As we begin to prepare for our Fall Session at AMI we are also looking towards the future and how we can help more people. While we love teaching people how to love and succeed in a career in massage therapy, we also know that it takes someone special to truly become a great therapist.

Who do YOU want to beI Don’t Know What I Want to Be When I Grow Up

Are you that person? Someone who wants to make a difference, but doesn’t know what is the right path for you? Are you still trying to figure it out?

Earlier in life I received some great advice on how to find out what I was meant to do and it has stuck with me. Hopefully it helps you too.

  • What drives you? This question isn’t about what you’re good at, or really even your skills. It’s about what makes you get up in the morning. Is there something you do that you can’t wait to do again the next day? There is no right or wrong answer. It may be solving problems in machine code, fixing cars, growing companies, or simply just helping others. What would you do if you could do anything? Simply, what do you love to do?

  • What are your greatest accomplishments? Don’t look at your medals or trophies, degrees, or keys to the city. Look inside. What have you done that made you feel the best about who you are? Did you save a company millions, develop a new marketing strategy, or help someone that was feeling down. This is about how you feel, not the awards you’ve received. 

  • What do you hate doing? This is a big one. I once had a friend who really wanted to do sales but hated talking to people. Quite the dilemma, and believe it or not the sales career never took off. Be specific, don’t just say, “I hate my job!” Determine exactly what you “hate” about it. Knowing what you don’t like to do can be very enlightening.

  • What are your goals? You knew at some point it would come to this, but this part is important. If your goal is financial freedom, you need to define what that means both monetarily and with work/life balance. If you goal is to get a degree, then which degree, and why? What are your family goals? Knowing and setting these goals will give you someplace to shoot for.

  • How hard are you willing to work? Everyone has dreams, but only the ones who make a plan and work hard reach them. What are you willing to give up to make your dream come true? For some it may be working a few years in a job they don’t like to learn a career they do. Some may forego a new car to invest in their future. Others give up their spare time, to create a better life. Your diligence not only affects your future, it can create it.

The Bottom Line

We love helping people discover how fulfilling and life changing a career in massage therapy can be. Our past and current students come from all walks of life, all ages, and from all over the world. They have one thing in common; they want to make a difference in their lives and those around them. They are determined to work hard to learn a career that allows them to help people feel better and healthier. We understand that this is not for everyone. It takes someone willing to test their limits, who want to be in control of their life, and is ready to reach their goals.

It’s About WHO you want to Be

Find Your Happy Place
As you start summer we encourage you to take some time and reflect on who you want to be. Obviously, Aspen is an awesome place to walk and meditate on the future, but wherever you are reading this, take some time and consider how your life could look different than it does today.

Our next session starts in the fall, and we would love to see you there. Until then, become who you truly are.




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