I PASSED my Connecticut Board Exam!!!!!!!

I am a Licensed Massage Therapist in the State of Connecticut.

Yipeeeeee, Yahooooooo

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Graduated The Clinical Massage Therapy Program……..

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Dassss Meeeee

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Beautiful flowers from everyone!!

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Our favorite Teacher…Handing us our Diplomas

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My Parents gave me flowers

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My Best friend…spoke a few words about me. So awesome they gave our guests the opportunity to speak on this special day!!

I was only going to say a few words but, to express myself fully, it needs to be deep and full of detail. I do not do anything half-ass so I’m going to write a little story!!

To my Family (who was right beside me, excited the whole way through, and wouldn’t think less than to support my decisions in life). Dad, I know you said we butted heads and I proved you wrong. I know you were concerned for a couple of reasons but I would never look at it like that. I would just say I found ways to better myself more and more every day. I’m more in touch now with myself and the true aspects of healing than I’ve ever been in my life. It cracks me up when you laugh at me doing my Qi-gong or when you close your eyes and put your fingers together and say OMMMMM…. out loud. Pretending you are meditating like me. Part of me thinks you think it’s weird but, deep down inside you know it’s all part of my process. The process of me “becoming who I really am” , healing and assisting others one by one with their own healing. (I will explain that to you one day because right now I can see you saying, what the (beep) is she talking about?) LMAO!! It’s ok, I understand. To my Friends (childhood ones and new ones, who let me practice on them and were/are nothing short of excited for my new career and journey in life. Who told me I can do it and look how far I’ve come when it got really thick and felt like I lost my focus…your words were so very much needed, I can’t thank you enough), My Connecticut Family (who has welcomed me with open arms, in their homes and taken care of me from the start, you treat me like one of your own. People don’t get to experience this often and I will cherish it ALWAYS). My Classmates (that I adore and will consider my dear friends and support group forever. I am honored to take this road with you. We all had our ups and downs and were there for each other every step. Thank you with all my heart), My Teachers and Faculty (who have gone above and beyond their roles in that establishment. Their advice and support has been priceless and is unforgettable. I got the chance to become close with a few of them and they should only know the impact they have on students sometimes. I admire their dedication, support, willingness and character.) Well, The day has come. Two years of hard work, studying, sweat and even blood for me. I found a way to shed blood in the parking lot when we played with the hacky sack. I dove for it (for some unknown reason and cut my palm open). For those that know me………ARE NOT SURPRISED. (I’m getting better at not injuring myself). 

On a serious note, the education I received will last a lifetime and I will continue the education. Especially in different modalities. None of us knew the depth of the Clinical Program and all the Science classes they require. So folks, you must know it’s not all about muscles and bones. Please always respect the education of a Massage Therapist. Like for instance, lets take movement. How and why do we move? Is it voluntary or involuntary? What happens when an Agonist is moving? It is Concentrically or Eccentrically contracting? What really is occurring when a muscle is Isometrically contracting?? Did you know that the Parasympathetic Nervous kicks in when getting a massage? Do you know what a Synapse is or how many Cranial and Spinal nerves we have? Circulation through the right side of the heart is known as Pulmonary Circulation, Left is Systemic Circulation. Is the thumb a hinge or a pivot joint? NEITHER….It’s a saddle joint. What comes to mind when you hear Homeostasis and negative feedback or that we have 5 false ribs in our ribcage? What happens to the Humerus when the Scapula upwardly rotates? What Plexus is compressed in Thoracic outlet Syndrome? What is a local contraindication or systemic? How about some Chinese Medicine…….Which I LOOOOOVE!!!! What is an energetic pathway which Qi circulates in the superficial fascia of the body? Which Element is associated with Fear, Blue/Black hair of the head, bones, cold, salty, and the “Essence” of who you are? Why is it that the Hea       rt, Small Intestine, Triple Warmer and Pericardium are all associated with the Heart but the rest of the organs only have 2 Meridians?? What are the 2 Meridians (not even mentioned) that are not associated with an organ? Well, My friend my friend Deana got to witness this. She looked at me one day and said……..I don’t know how you do it. She used to quiz me on my flashcards. Trust me, it got difficult a few times but she talked me right back to reality. Take a deep breath and keep moving forward…. and I did.

So Grateful. Now I take the CT. and NY boards and become Licensed. Then the new chapter begins!! Thank you to the people in my life and the new ones crossing my path. This has been very exciting!! What I’ve put into life, is what I’m getting out of it. It’s all about attitude and not expecting anything in return. Do good for people and you will be taken care of in one way or another.

Sincerely,

Danielle M. Ingenito

Ahhh, the Mid-term hands on MT-3….. is finally complete!!!

Not for nothing, we’ve had quite a few mid-terms and finals so far.  To me, the hands on practicals are a little more nerve racking than the written ones.  First of all, this exam was cancelled twice because of the hurricane in October.  The anticipation was KILLINGGGG MEEEEE.  Secondly, this is kind of right smack in the middle of our 6 terms (trimesters) of being here.  You better know all strokes by now and look good doing them.  The issue that’s really bothering me is not that I don’t know my strokes and can’t perform them well, it’s just the “lack of confidence” SOMETIMES.  Not all the time, guess it depends on my mood.  Some days I feel great about life, some days it’s a little less than that.  I believe I’m doing very well thus far and that shows in my grades and feedback.  Was that proper to use “thus”……LMAOOOOOOOO

So the practical…..let me tell you some funny shit that happened.  My partner was doing some “special tests” on me to determine which muscle was the problem.  Mind you, I had the sheet of paper with the exact scenario right in front of my nose.  To make a long story short, the first test she did was Sciatica straight leg and that was supposed to be negitive.  My partner asked “does that hurt”, I responded, “yes, very much” Sarah (our instructor) comes running over and says, “NO, THAT DOES NOT HURT” I immediately started cracking up and apologizing to both of them for giving the wrong information.  So they both laughed…there was definitely a lot of stress going on that day.  Then some ROM was being done on me and asked if this or that hurts.  At that point I just looked at Sarah for the answers….(AGAIN, with the sheet of paper right in front of me).  Too funny, and Sarah is so awesome with the greatest sense of humor.  She was laughing as well and probably thought what the hell is wrong with this girl…..It actually turned into a pretty good practical exam.  (And not cause I did well)… Tee hee hee.  We accomplished what was needed and this will be talked about for a long time!!!  I keep going over it in my head and still find it quite amusing.

To say the truth, I had a great day and worked myself up for no reason…like always.  I should point out what I think contributed to this unforgettable day.  It’s one of the greatest feelings when someone believes in you and offers words of encouragement.  That’s just what Sarah did and I’ll always remember it.  She should only know how I felt inside.  I’m not sure she would realize the affect it had on me or even remember what was said.  I Admire the shit out of her more now than I already did!!!  I was never big on expressing myself with words or my feelings towards another but, this would bother me if I never mentioned it!!  Not sure if I’ll ever tell her this but if not, I hope she stumbles upon this post and reads it for herself………….

In closing, I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes that ties into this day.  “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  ― Maya Angelou.  Thank you Sarah, I can’t wait to learn more from you on this fantastic journey of mine!!…………….  Oh did you guys want to know my grade????????  LOLOLOL…Well, that’s none of your business….Ok, It was pretty much in the high 90’s.  Final tally is Monday after we rub some Ice on each other…Yes, that is part of the exam!!