Faculty Spotlight: Meet Rob Gibson, Massage Therapy Program Chair
Published on June 13, 2014 by Bob Trewartha
Ladies and gentlemen, meet Broadview University’s Massage Therapy Program Chair Rob Gibson. Rob helps both the Orem and West Jordan campuses with his talented management and teaching style for Broadview’s massage students. I had the chance to sit down and chat with him about his career, students and future endeavors. So read on and be amazed!
Tell me a little about yourself.
I became a massage therapist 11 years ago with the intent of it being a stepping stone towards becoming a physical therapist. I had never received a massage before, so I had no clue that I would absolutely love the massage field. I worked for chiropractors, medical doctors and physical therapists and learned that I had nothing but respect for those professions, but massage was for me.
Why is it important for students to get to know their program chair?
The program chairs (PCs) have experiences from the field that students could benefit from greatly. We have opportunities to meet with employers in the field and hear what the current needs and problems are. This can be information that they don’t share very often, so it can be valuable info to the student. Once there is a good relationship between PC and student, we can match that information to the needs of the student.
What advice to you have for people as they prepare to choose a school?
Any massage school can get you licensed, but not every school may have their curriculum directed to your personal dream job. I’d recommend researching the many different workplaces a massage therapist can have and decide what avenue you want to take—spa, medical industry or energy work—then see what school matches your emphasis.
Why choose Broadview’s massage program?
Broadview’s massage program has a very strong emphasis in the medical side of massage. We have many classes that will prepare a graduate to be successful on their own or as part of a healthcare team— whether that be with a medical doctor, physical or occupational therapist, chiropractor or an athletic trainer.
What types of massage do students get to learn at Broadview University?
Students will learn the types of massage that are in the most demand by our local massage clinics:
- Swedish Massage
- Deep Tissue Massage
- Sports Massage
- Myofascial Release
- Thai Massage
- Prenatal Massage
- Spa Techniques
- Craniosacral Therapy
- Lymphatic Drainage
- Massage that is specific to certain health conditions
What are your hobbies?
When I’m not at Broadview, I like to spend time with my wife and four boys. We love being active, whether it’s going to the gym, playing sports or going fishing. I also try to find time to play my guitar and watch movies.
Any final words of wisdom?
No matter what field you’re in, never stop learning. Any job can become mundane if you let it. Massage, for example, has so many didn’t types of modalities to learn and then incorporate into what you’re already doing. It’s brings new life to your sessions and helps you from burning out mentally and physically.