As we rapidly approach the midpoint of the quarter, I sat down with Globe University-Sioux Falls’ newest faculty member, Kendra Brouwer. Kendra, a licensed massage therapist, is not new to Globe. She is a graduate of our massage therapy program.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what led you here.
I grew up very involved in athletics and during and after my undergrad years, I found a deeper appreciation for health, wellness, and a holistic approach to living. I began teaching yoga and found my niche and needed another outlet for helping people be well.
Massage therapy was an obvious choice in my mind to complement the mental and physical practice that I teach people to appreciate and live. After receiving my AAS in Massage Therapy at Globe, I began my own business and when I was approached about teaching, it all just fell into place.
What is do you like most about massage?
I love that massage can be whatever my client needs it to be—a gentle touch, an elbow in the glutes, a conversation, or complete silence. I am able to open my space to each person on their level, based on what their body needs that day. Also, I know how great it makes me feel, so I like being able to give that to others.
What do you like most about your job and Globe? Why teaching?
So far, the thing I like most about Globe is the students. The people in my classes want to be there and have a purpose for choosing their career field.
I teach because it feels like a good fit. Once I get in the groove of things, I feel like my own education in combination with my work experience just comes out and hopefully my students can use the information to be better therapists.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by my husband who works so hard to provide the necessities for us so I can do what I love.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I am most proud of getting to a point in my life where my job doesn’t feel like work because I enjoy every minute of it.
What does our mission “We Care” mean to you?
“We Care” simply encourages the students and Globe community to be real because life happens and the university cares about all the pieces that make up life.
What do your family and friends think about your career and your teaching massage?
My family and friends are excited that I have the opportunity to teach massage and share my experiences with the next generation of therapists and that it fits into all of the other things that make up my career.
Tell our readers something unique about yourself that only close family and friends would know?
I do a headstand every day! And now my 16-month-old daughter tries to do it also!