Congratulations to the 2019 MaMassage® Scholarship Winner, Patrina Best!
I grew up in the country of Barbados before coming to New York at the age of 14 to live. Experiencing the difference in cultures has helped to shape me and open me to new things. It has also allowed me to approach everything I do with the knowledge that there are always different viewpoints to things based on your influences.
My early experiences with healthcare were very holistic and homeopathic. I grew up hearing stories of midwives and how my great grandmothers and older relatives gave birth to their children at home. Many aspects of pregnancy for the older generation of women in my family circle were greatly different from the more modern experiences of the younger generation. The one thing that remains the same was how much support these women all gave to the one who was expecting.
For as long as I can remember, I have always been a nurturer to those in my life. Connecting to others through touch has been a part of that for me as well and it led me to massage therapy as a career choice, but even more so as a calling. Providing comfort to others is something that I often feel compelled to do. Massage fulfills that need.
After learning about the different forms of massage, prenatal massage spoke to me on a different level. Here was a chance to help people and connect with pregnancy in a way that I may never experience personally. Providing relief and comfort to women who were blessed to bring forth life seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to use my gifts and talents.
As a new massage therapist, my hope is within the next year to officially launch my personal practice. I hope to perform in home massage therapy for pre-natal and post-natal clients as well as tailored sessions for elderly clients. These clients are some of the most vulnerable in our society and providing care for them is something I feel compelled to do.
Completing this course is just the first step in gaining additional certifications and knowledge to be able to facilitate this plan. The pre-natal and post-natal offerings will be available by January of 2020 once I have successfully completed my training. The target clients will primarily be women of color in inner city communities as they often have less access to alternative health treatments. The goal is to work with community health centers and clinics to identify these clientele.
This scholarship will allow me to progress on step closer to my vision for my practice and provide me with an opportunity to help others. This will also provide further inspiration to my siblings that you can achieve many things through perseverance and determination. I am the head of household and primary support for 2 of my sisters and a niece. I strive to be an example of what believing in yourself can accomplish.