How I've Evolved: Thoughts from Apprentice Therapist, J Sheffield (they/them) @jshef005 #massagetherapy “To learn and grow in healthy ways, we must be be supported by environments that respect, understand and value us as whole beings. Now that I am out of massage school, it is amazing how much I have been able to learn and grow during the first six months of my apprenticeship at Freed Bodyworks under the mentorship of Frances Reed. During this time, I have really started to dive into the work that calls me. As a queer, non-binary trans practitioner striving to build a practice that centers the (often traumatized) experiences of marginalized folks, I have been continuing my education by taking workshops on trauma-informed and consent-based care. I’ve had the privilege to engage in that work locally, including at Creating Change, the National LGBTQ Task Force’s social justice conference.
This year, Freed held a daily wellness center at the conference, at which I offered free table and chair massage, to encourage self and community care as part of sustainable social justice movement work. From my work at Creating Change, at Freed, and in my private practice, I have been learning about what it means to sustainably work for communities I am also a part of, and to work to be accountable and affirming as a white practitioner developing a race-aware, sliding scale practice.” - 10 minutes ago