BCTMB Spotlight: Stacy Smith

By NCBTMB Staff
2018-10-1

BCTMB Spotlight: Stacy Smith

By NCBTMB Staff
2018-10-1

Editor's Note: BCTMBs fulfill higher education requirements and must pass the exam. Stacy Smith was selected at random by the NCBTMB.


I was one of those people who thought of getting massages as a luxury—something I did when I went on vacation. Even though I grew up and still live in Maryland, I'd never had a massage in Maryland.

Between 2007 and 2010, my husband and I had significant losses in our lives. His mom, dad, and my dad died, all within a span of about 16 months. During that time, I also lost my job after 18 years. You could say that we had been through the wringer and were pretty sad and overwhelmed.

In 2010, while on vacation (of course) I had a massage, nearly cried on the table—and couldn't understand why. Afterwards, when I got off the table, I felt amazing. I told my husband, who was getting his massage right after me, that I wanted to help other people feel this way. Six weeks later, I found myself in massage school.

Sacrifices We Make

While in evening massage school, 45 minutes from where I lived, I also worked full-time during the day. I knew it would only be a year, so when days were hard and I was tired, my mantra was "It's a short-term sacrifice for a long-term goal." After graduating, studying for the NCBTMB exam, and passing, I then went on to get my license in the state of Maryland.

I originally was offered a part-time job at a new location for a national massage chain. But, knowing that I would still have to keep my full-time job, I thought to myself, "Why would I work to build someone else's business when I can work to build my own?" That's when Allgood Therapeutic Massage was born.

To get some more varied experience, I also worked at a couple of spas. After four years of building my practice, I was finally able to leave my full-time job and focus solely on massage therapy! I also became licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Loving What You Do

Being in this profession has definitely brought me into some situations I wouldn't have otherwise found myself. I have worked in seated massage in offices, schools, ladies' parties (one overlooking the Chesapeake Bay), and even an anthropomorphic fanatic convention (lay-term – furry con, or nerd convention). Yes, I had a person in costume as Goofy in my chair. You don't see that every day! I work with a couple developmentally disabled clients in their home, giving them therapeutic touch when others may shrink away. I love what I do!

To me, being board certified means being trusted—trust that I can develop more with new and existing clients. Also, should I ever decide to move out of the state of Maryland, or to expand, getting licensed should be easier with the trust other states have with board certified therapists.

Moving forward, my plan is to enjoy being a massage therapist as long as I can. I would also love to share my experience and help others to love massage therapy as well, possibly by teaching in a massage school, or even teaching couples some simple massage techniques to use on each other or their kids.

For more information about board certification please visit ncbtmb.org.