April 15, 2019
As part of our 50th anniversary, we’re delving into the stories of our indispensable staff to learn more about them and how they came to be a part of the school. This entry is from Assistant Director, Sarah Partos, CMT. Anyone who has attended SFSM in the last few years knows that Sarah is an integral part of the staff. She has helped many graduates find placement in the massage field and has worked to build strong relationships with partners in the massage community. However, you might not know that Sarah started her experience here as a student…
“I had thought about attending massage school for a long time before I finally took action and visited the San Francisco School of Massage & Bodywork for a tour. After visiting the school I was interested in enrolling, but decided auditing a class would be the best way to determine whether it was really a good fit.
I felt a bit intimidated by the idea of massaging someone larger than me. I’m only 5’2” so I decided to pair with another student, Craig, who was around 6’ tall. I figured, if I could handle working with someone that much bigger than me, I wouldn’t have any problems with the rest of the program. As I expected the massage was challenging, but I enjoyed the whole experience much more than I anticipated, so I signed up for the Massage Therapist program!
I finished my program and went to work as a Massage Therapist but, I loved the school so much that, in addition to working in the field of massage, I ended up coming on staff as the Student Services Representative. I eventually added job placement to my duties and began helping new graduates find work in the field. My favorite graduate to help with placement was Craig; my partner from the class audit! He helped with my decision to attend SFSM and I helped when he was ready to start work as a Massage Therapist. One big circle in the wheel of life!”
Thanks for sharing, Sarah! We’re all so glad you decided to become a permanent fixture.