Meet Youjung Suh – AMT Board Member

Long-time readers of AMT’s blog have already met Youjung when she discussed the power of the AMT Mentoring Scheme here and bringing joy back to massage here. Let’s get to know a little bit more about Brisbane based massage therapist and new AMT Board member, Youjung Suh.

What was your journey to massage?

I’ve been hands on since 2012. After studying Psychology, I was interested in the human body and how it’s linked to our mind. I decided to take a Yoga teacher training course to expand my knowledge. During the course everyone felt so sore after 5-6 hours of daily practice. I started to knead people and one of the ladies suggested that I should learn properly as I have the “touch”. And here I am! 

Youjung Suh

Tell us about a time you were really proud of your work as a massage therapist.

When I found my name on the side of the newspaper! *Internal scream!* One of my dear client brought me a scrap of paper and said, “I think this is you”. A comedian wrote a column about the stage she went through while getting a massage from me. I was flattered and excited. Definitely a tap on the shoulder moment with lots of internal scream. I am still quite thrilled about it. 

When you’re not working, how do you like to spend your time?

Watching movies and TV shows. I am a film maniac.

Once I was really involved with the film industry by volunteering/working at film festivals. And I still can’t get enough of it, haha. I’ve slowed down on watching TV shows because I can’t stop once I start. I am not picky on genres and have a very wide spectrum of interest. When work slows down, that’s when I sit on the couch and smash all the movies, as much as I can. Love it! 

What do not many people know about you?

I sing loudly when I am alone in the car. But stop singing on the stop sign in case other people can hear me since my car doesn’t soundproof well. 

Why did you want to join the AMT Board?

I decided to join for personal growth, as I know that I will get wiser while surrounded by that amazing bunch! But most importantly, I believe this is my way to contribute to other massage therapists and industry that I am passionate about. 

How has it been so far?

Interesting! Most of the time I am just listening and learning. It has been interesting and fascinating to observe how behind the scenes happen. I am absolutely stunned and amazed how dedicated and hard-working the Board members are. So proud and honoured to be a part of this.

What do you hope to achieve during your time on the AMT Board?

I don’t feel like I am offering much right at this stage as a newbie. But my goal as an AMT board member is to contribute to the Brisbane Massage Therapist community by being a vessel for representation and communication between massage therapists in Brisbane and the AMT Board.

What is your “signature” dish?

So many! I love cooking so this is difficult to decide. But if I have to pick one, it will be spring roll salad. 🤤

What wisdom can you share with other massage therapists?

Be kind to fellow massage therapists. 

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

Thank you for reading this.

Can you please share that newspaper clipping?

My masseuse saved my neck

The problem with massages is that they’re addictive. I had one this week and I’m already planning another. I’m not elite athlete either – my body doesn’t ache from weights or running, rather from sleeping at a weird angle. My subconscious can’t even lie straight.

I woke up this week with my head at an almost 45-degree angle to my shoulder and no pillow in sight. Do you ever get that? Where before you open your eyes, you’re convinced that somehow overnight you’ve snapped your neck and you now permanently live on this painful angle?

I book in to see Juno, my masseuse, though she’s much more than that – she’s a miracle worker. Juno has fixed my neck before through a series of what feel like pinches, rubs, squeezes and elbow pokes.

I’m lucky enough to have private health insurance that covers some of the cost of a remedial massage, which makes it all the more addictive. Like going to the dentist, getting a neck rub partially paid for by private health feels like the right thing to do. I’m sure there are other ways to relieve a sore neck, such as a heat pack or stretching, but why would you put yourself out when you can have a nice lie down and relax to some pan pipes?

During a massage, I have to fight my brain – it wants to make lists of things we need to do, plan a wake-up time for tomorrow and ponder whether I should get petrol on the way home or in the morning. I have to push these thoughts away and focus on Enya singing to me, and picture open fields. I find it really hard to relax, I always have. I can be asleep or awake and thinking about things – those are my two states. Perhaps this is why I love massages, as all stimulus is taken away and after about 30 minutes, your brain can no longer hear the rainforest sounds and slips into that wonderful nothingness.

“Sit up, please” seems to be uttered all too soon by Juno; it’s time to get dressed again and head home. I swipe the private health card and get back in the car, which, for your information, didn’t even need filling.

Mel Buttle is a Brisbane comedian.

(from Qweekend, The Courier Mail, 21 July 2018)

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