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Your background?

“Over the past two to three years, my journey has been pretty exciting,” says Massage Therapy Diploma student Pranavi Thampi. She came to Canada from India in 2011 and studied esthetics and medical spa treatments in Edmonton at European Institute of Esthetics and Medical Spa, where she was named student of the year.

Pranavi won a scholarship to an advanced skin therapy program in Toronto and worked in a medical spa, where many of her clients suggested she become a registered massage therapist.

“So here I am today, studying massage therapy” she says, “thanks to my wonderful clients and the spa owner, who motivated me and encouraged me to follow my passion.”

How did you end up in such an offbeat and unconventional career?

Pranavi has always been drawn to the massage therapy discipline, knowing that it benefits the body, mind and soul. Her earliest massage subjects were her family and friends. “But one day I realized I might not be doing something right, as I started getting body aches and literally got a blood clot on my palm area and my wrist become sore. That’s when I realized I need to learn to protect myself first and provide my clients with the same amount of relaxation and relief from pain and stress,” she noted when applying to MRU. She chose the Mount Royal program due to its excellent reputation and job prospects for graduates.

What are your future goals?

“My goal is to make people addicted to massages!” she says. Pranavi’s dreams for the future include opening her own medical spa and a wellness centre for the geriatric population.