Lee Gorschboth is a registered nurse working part-time for Johns Hopkins and is a licensed massage therapist operating as Rejuvenation Massage Therapy and Wellness Center in Bel Air, Maryland. She is also an instructor of pathology at the Community College of Baltimore County School of Massage. Gorschboth graduated from Mount Carmel College of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio with a B.S.N., and later received an associate degree in massage therapy from Community College of Baltimore County.
What inspired you to enter massage therapy as a second career?
“I was getting burned out after 15 years of emergency room and critical care nursing. I didn’t like the increasing demands nursing was placing on me both physically and emotionally. Massage therapy is a natural fit, because I can continue to help people, be my own boss, and really enjoy what I do.”
How does your educational background relate to your current role?
“CCBC’s massage therapy program gave me the education and confidence to go out and begin helping people directly after graduation. Their instructors have a rich understanding of how the body works and how massage therapy can enhance healing and improve wellness. Thus, I am able to assist clients in achieving pain relief, stress reduction and in increasing range of motion in stiff joints. This improves quality of life for many clients.”
How has your education helped to further your career and contribute to your success?
“My strong nursing background has opened up an opportunity I never would have considered so soon after graduation, but nursing and massage are good complements. I have become an instructor of pathology at CCBC. By being an instructor, it has forced me to stay current on changes in massage therapy. The students challenge me and I enjoy a good challenge!”
What is some advice you can offer others interested in massage therapy?
“The best advice I can give is follow your heart and dreams. The majority of massage therapists are on their second career. They come from all walks of life with a depth of life experience, which can enhance their practice. Massage therapy is varied; choose the type right for you. The second piece of advice is to never become stagnant. The State of Maryland requires continuing education; this is a great way to explore new avenues. Your clients will reap the benefits.”
Susan Brown originally spent many years in banking/finance before confronting her addictions. She has now been in recovery for 20 years.
Primary interests include metaphysics and energy healing in which she has several certifications. She has written for Examiner.com since 2009 and also writes for Om Times. Sue lives in Baltimore.