A Successful Career – Jeanette Roach

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Spotlight on a Massage Therapist

Massage Therapy is an amazing occupation with a variety of career paths available. We feature interviews with graduates of Irene’s Myomassology Institute sharing their successes, challenges, rewards and advice.

Jeanette Roach Graduated May 1988

Irene’s – Where do you work?
Jeanette – My principle focus is working at Irene’s teaching a variety of subjects including hands-on classes, Anatomy and Applied Myomassology bodywork. We retain more knowledge when we share it with others and that sharing has become a true passion for me. I currently do contract massage for two companies and work primarily with Auto accident victims as part of their overall treatment/rehabilitation plan. It is wonderful when their insurance will cover the cost of their healing.
Irene’s – What was the greatest success in your career?
Jeanette – With a client, lymph drainage and modified cranial work helped with my nephew’s headaches. With students, seeing their “aha” moments in class is extremely rewarding. It’s different for every student, but so magical when it happens. It was gratifying to accept the “teacher of the year” award at the World Massage Festival. To be nominated and selected is such a great honor and to be honest, a bit humbling. It is rewarding to know you’ve touched lives in a positive way!
Irene’s – What are your favorite modalities, or what techniques do you find most effective?
Jeanette – My two favorite techniques are lymphatic drainage and fascial release. They work especially well together. I like to incorporate client involvement whenever possible by using Irene’s muscle mechanics, Post-Isometric relaxation and Reciprocal inhibition along with pin and stretch. Movement techniques have positive outcomes.
Irene’s – To what do you attribute your success?
Jeanette – When you are ready, the teacher will show up and open the door. Irene truly filled that role in my life! She was so amazing, and came into my life just when I needed a guide. Until I met her, I was unaware of how people could touch your life with words and with actions. I didn’t know I could have a positive effect on others. I didn’t know I could speak in public. I count my blessings every day that I found Irene’s and had Irene as my instructor and mentor. I am blessed to have good mentors in my life – women who didn’t know how strong they were until they needed to be strong. My mother’s favorite saying is “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” I think that’s why some of my favorite days are the days that don’t go as planned, the days you have to just “punt.” I try to remain open to the process.Also, the steadfast support of my fabulous husband, Jerry, also keeps me motivated.  He is my rock!   Perseverance and being in the right place at the right time provides great opportunities.

Irene’s – What is your favorite aspect of your career?
Jeanette – Learning something new every day. From day one as a student in class I knew I was onto something that would challenge me everyday. The world of massage and the human body is full of opportunity to learn. That is a gift everyday. And yes, sometimes it is, and I am, overwhelmed at all there is to know, but that’s what makes it exciting. Not your average dull life.
Irene’s – What do you do for self-care?
Jeanette – I try to get outdoors for activities every day, and hike 3-4 miles at least 4 times a week.  And of course, get massage whenever possible.
Irene’s – What do you feel the biggest mistake you’ve made, and how did you address it?
Jeanette – Working on an injury without first getting the particulars. I left a friend worse off from the massage because I thought I knew what I was doing when they said they hurt themselves lifting something.  Instead of just sore, it was actually a sprain. Trying to massage the hurt away only made it worse. We had to go to the doctor. Ice and rest would have been the better choice. That thought me to be more thorough in questions and seek medical advice in case of injury.
Irene’s – Do you have any advice for new therapists?
Jeanette – Keep at it. The first job is not always the best job. We can only get experience by the practicing hands-on massage. Don’t be afraid of clients with problems. Communicate with your clients and understand their needs. Explore your options, and consider treatment plans for the client’s best outcome. Most of all, never stop learning!
Irene’s – What is the best way for clients to contact you?
Jeanette – I work for Body Healing Solutions, (248-890-8883 Ken) ken.massagetherapy.com and Transformation Wellness Center (248-918-4898 Kim) www.transformationwellnesscenter.com. Both companies employ a dynamic team approach to therapeutic rehabilitation and wellness.