Meet Ian Lim – AMT Board Member

This week we get to know new AMT Board member Ian Lim, who is based in Melbourne. Ian has previously contributed to AMT’s blog by sharing his wisdom in the article Maintaining the Joy of Massage.

What was your journey to massage?

My journey to massage began with an interest in the human body. I graduated with an Applied Science degree and worked in hospitals as a Neurophysiology Technologist, and Biomedical Engineer. I moved to a technical support role, teaching engineers how to service and repair medical and scientific instrumentation. Part of the role involved extensive overseas travel. Then, out of the blue, I found myself on a recovery journey from injury and had many consultations with various health professionals, including myotherapists and personal trainers. It was a long and painful road. This experience and the desire to help people in chronic pain and injury led me to change careers and become a myotherapist. I started in the industry as a remedial massage therapist in 2016 before becoming a myotherapist.

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

A client came to see me due LBP and a chronic groin injury after having been to other health practitioners. He was really nervous about playing sports. We worked out a treatment and management plan. A key to this was the rehab part of the plan, which consisted of strength and conditioning sessions. After six months of treatment, and strength and conditioning sessions, he was back playing with no pain and was moving better than before the injury. Seeing a client become more conscious of their body and using the tools I have shown them to overcome their condition, makes me proud of the work I’m doing.

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

When I’m not working, most of my time is spent with my two young sons. I’m fortunate that I get to spend so much time with them, even more so now! They get me to do all kinds of crazy things like beating the Ninja Warrior wall! When I do get time for myself, I enjoy playing soccer, tennis and golf.

What’s something we don’t know about you?

I used to hold a pilot’s licence.

Why did you want to join the AMT Board?

I was very impressed by how proactive the team at AMT were in their response to the pandemic in 2020. Establishing the Biosecurity Committee and releasing guidelines for safe practice was so far ahead of the curve. I felt they cared for the safety of their members and the wider community. It really inspired me to put my hand up to join the Board and contribute in any way I can.

How has it been so far?

There are Board members covering nearly all states and with the current circumstances, all our interactions have been virtual. Whilst it would be nice to meet in person, it hasn’t diminished the experience. It is wonderful to collaborate with a functional, supportive and caring group of people who have the best interests of members and the industry at heart.

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

I would like to help raise the profile of AMT to Myotherapists as well as Victorian MTs.

What pearl of wisdom would you like to share with other massage therapists?

Always be open to learning.

What is your “signature” dish?

I actually do the bulk of cooking in the household, so I’d like to think I have many dishes up my sleeves. Probably the one that gets requested most must be my beef rendang.

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