Featured in this month’s Practitioner Spotlight is Evan Moncrieff, Registered Massage Therapist. Evan has been with Moss Healthcare since it opened more than five years ago. He has grown a substantial and loyal clientele with his therapeutic skills, excellent table-side manor, and his healing touch. We are proud to have Evan on our team.
What brought you to become a registered massage therapist?
I spent much of my early adult hood lost and searching for meaning. When I was approaching 30, I realized I needed to change and take charge of my life. I’ve always enjoyed working with my hands and being the support person in my circle of friends. I’ve read hundreds of books on personal growth and health. I decided that becoming an RMT was a good way to start my new life. As soon as I applied to school, the pieces fell into place quickly, which I took as a sign that this was the right choice. I woke up on my 30th birthday and was proud to be training as an RMT, and turning my life around.
What has it been like for you working at Moss Healthcare?
Working at Moss has been a really wonderful experience. I’ve been here since the beginning, treating clients and helping with reception. The history I have here makes me feel like part of the larger community. When my daughter was born, I came to the clinic full time. There’s a team of dedicated practitioners here, who are great to work with. Its really awesome to work in a place where everyone is good at what they do and enjoy their work.
Where is your favourite place you’ve traveled?
That’s a hard question. I have really enjoyed everywhere I have been. If I had to pick, I think I would say Scotland. I am a McLeod by heritage. The McLeod’s have a gathering every 4 years on the Isle of Skye at Dunvegan castle. I have been to one of those gatherings and the Isle of Skye is so beautiful. It was a really wonderful trip. Plus, I really like the Scottish accent.
What have you learned from your clients?
Over the years I have learned a lot from my clients. Local tips such as, when you take a Harbor Air flight the co-pilot seat is up for grabs and it is the best seat in the plane. In the end though a lot of the learning has been about how to support and help people of all walks of life. I do my best to help and connect with anyone that comes through my doors. To focus on our common human experiences and to alleviate their pain, rather than see differences and separation.
How do you like to spend your time outside of Moss Healthcare?
When I am not at Moss you will usually find me spending time with my family. I have a wonderful wife who is an acupuncturist. We have an amazing toddler and I have so much fun living life with them. If I am not with them or riding my bike you will probably find me at CrossFit LoLo. I really enjoy CrossFit.
What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned for yourself as a health professional?
I have learned that it of utmost importance to take care of yourself. If I let myself get depleted then I don’t have as much to give others. I need to really show up for my clients. I want to be present, focused and available for them. I also want to have enough energy to be a great father and partner. I can’t do any of these things very well if I let myself get run down. I know it’s what everyone says but it is really true. I need to eat good food, exercise regularly and get enough sleep and find creative outlets for myself. When I am honest and gentle with myself, the more internal energy I have and the greater my capacity to help those around me. I spent my early adult years not taking care of myself and now that I’m showing up for myself, I have a career I love, a wife I love and we have a delightful daughter. Taking care of myself has the added gift of giving myself the space to feel more joy day to day. I like joy.
What is the one wish you have for all your clients?
I would love for all my clients to have more compassion in their lives. To have compassion for themselves and compassion for everyone they come in contact with. That includes their coworkers, their families, their friends and everyone else they meet through the day. I think things shift for the positive when we can let go of judgement and move to a place of compassion.