Meet Jess Gawne – AMT Board Member
At the AMT Annual General Meeting in May 2021, four (4) new Board members were elected. Over the next few weeks, we’ll get to know a bit more about each of them. Let’s start with Queenslander, Jess Gawne.
Tell us about your journey to massage
I’ve been a MT since 2016 after spending most of my career in Business Development.
When I had my little girl in 2015, something clicked inside of me that felt like I needed to be doing more to help people.
What Makes You Proud to be a Massage Therapist?
Oh gosh, this feels so self serving, haha.
I am most proud of the education I give to clients in the clinic. Teaching them that injury is not the end of the world, giving them autonomy over their health and/or recovery and giving them the time, resources and support to learn alongside me. We have such a collaborative approach to care in our clinic and their confidence in our ability as a team (therapist and client) is the thing I am most proud of.
When you’re not working, how do you like to spend your time?
Riding motorbikes, flying planes and adventuring with my family.
What do not many people know about you?
I’m notorious for oversharing – especially if it means getting a laugh out of people. So I’m not sure there’s much people don’t know about me.
Why did you want to join the AMT Board?
It was an opportunity to join an incredible organisation and to offer my time and skills for the benefit of our industry.
How has it been so far?
It has been so vastly different from one day to the next.
What do you hope to achieve during your time on the AMT Board?
I don’t have any “goals” to achieve, but I hope to continue to be of service to AMT, to offer insight, perspective and lots of laughs.
What is your “signature” dish?
At the moment, a Teriyaki beef & vege bowl. So easy and quick!
What wisdom do you have for other massage therapists?
Far out, it is a tricky time to be in a client-facing industry. It’s hard to know if we’re making the right decision for ourselves, our families, our clients and our community. Get clear on your personal values, your “WHY”, and only make decisions on your best days. I can’t remember who said this to me, but years ago I was told, “Never quit anything on a bad day” and it’s probably been the best advice I’ve ever been given.