Why Folding towels

Our story

We were all there once. Graduating from college. Diploma in hand. ABN registered. Insurance and membership.  Now what!? Niche? Work for someone else? Work from home? What if all you here is the sound of crickets chirping?  Then there’s the icky stuff.

Jackie and David met over a massage table back in 2015.
We get it. We’ve been there too.

Being a wonderful therapist, and staying in love with what you do can be hard.  It can get pretty lonely.  And let’s face it, the internet isn’t always the best place to get your information.

Folding Towels is the class you wish you could take at college, with all the questions you wanted to ask.

We bring over 20 years of passion and experience to our conversations as we explore everything from difficult conversations, asking great questions, working with specific populations … and you guessed it … folding all them fluffy towels.

Whether you are new to the industry ,or have been around the block a few times or more, we hope that you can enjoy your beautiful career for as long as we have.

Jackie and David

Jackie Kerin - Co-host to Folding Towels Podcast

Co-host: Jackie Kerin

Connection and connecting with people is a value that’s very important to me. I’ve spent a lot of my life working in retail, always working with and around people. It didn’t seem like a logical step at the time, but when I decided to learn massage, I did so because I wanted to help people. To really help them and to make a difference in the world, even if it was just in my tiny corner of it.
I fell in love with massage right away. Both as a receiver and a giver. Massage wasn’t as popular before the 2010s as it is now and my experience with massage was reasonably limited before I started studying massage. So much has changed in healthcare, in how we take care of our bodies and how we look after ourselves since I made the transition from retail worker to remedial massage therapist.
It’s been a joy to see so many people find massage and fall in love with it as I did. Its such an underrated therapy both for the body and the soul.
Some of my favourite clients have been the ones that have been brand new to massage therapy. Nervously booking their very first appointment (or sometimes only their second appt). Walking them through the details and how to of massage, making them feel comfortable and putting them at ease. It fills my soul to be able to provide that comfort to people who are new to massage. And to provide ongoing care to my wonderful long term clients that love massage therapy and utilise my skills to keep their bodies feeling good.
Slowly I’m transitioning away from generalised remedial therapy and into more specific areas of care, focusing on both massage during pregnancy and lymphatic drainage massage. I can’t wait to see where the future takes us as people become more aware of how wonderful a therapy massage can be.

Co-host: David Clayton

I’m David – and I’ve been massaging for a long time but massage was never supposed to be my career.  As a child, I wanted to be an engineer or mechanic. I didn’t think that I’d fall in love with maintaining the human body!

My interest in massage began as a child as my parents often massaged each other and they also massaged us, their children. The power of human touch has been at the centre of who I am since birth.  I developed an interest in bodywork as I progressed with my sport, and even more as I became a sports trainer.  I’ve rubbed a lot of legs and taped a lot of joints over the last 20 years.

But my massage career didn’t really start until 2015 when I sought a soul change after 16 years of driving a desk.  My background is in sports administration with an emphasis on strategic planning and policy.  Yep, all of the things that you probably find really boring, the things that hold a practice or any business together is what I thrive on.

When I did go back to study massage again, I had wonderful teachers who nurtured me to explore some special treatment styles and to find my own groove.  I thought that at graduation I’d be going to work with elite athletes, because that’s what you do right?  Instead I found a that I love supporting people to recover from very old injuries, working with jaw pain, whiplash and pelvic dysfunction.

And I love mentoring massage therapists who are new to the industry to explore their passion, their niche and to find their own unique style. I built my own business at one point having a team of therapists.  But seasons come and go and I’m again experimenting and exploring what my style might look like for the next season of my career.