Connie Hodde, a 2015 Finger Lakes School of Massage graduate who runs a successful practice in Upstate New York, took a few minutes to speak with us after she was featured on the Melissa Killeleagh Show.
“My dream in attending massage school was to use my skills and knowledge to develop a therapeutic touch practice for women,” says Connie. “I believe that routine bodywork can be a long-term benefit for those suffering from lifelong conditions and chronic pain. In performing massage, I hope to help my clients achieve greater self-awareness and, through that, offer a stepping stone to healing.”
She’s made her dream a reality through her practice, Connie Hodde LMT Therapeutic Massage for Women, the only massage therapy practice focused on women in Seneca Falls, about 45 minutes north of FLSM’s Ithaca campus, which she graduated from just last year.
In the show, she mentions that she entered massage therapy as second career and how passionate she is about it. Connie discusses how chronic pain is bigger problem for women than it is for men and that many doctors do not take it seriously. As she says, “if we don’t take care of caretakers they can’t take care of others.”
Although she does offer spa-like relaxation massage, Connie is more focused on medical massage, such as connective tissue therapy and prenatal, for which she has advanced certification.
At FLSM, she completed the 7 month program and already owns and operates a successful practice, which as of us speaking to her, was already 75 percent booked.
“I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Finger Lakes School of Massage. I loved the people, all the instructors. FLSM offers a high quality education,” says Connie. “I really believe that what I learned there, such as the business classes, sets me apart from other therapists and set me up for private practice.”
Learn more about Connie Hodde LMT Therapeutic Massage for Women on her website.