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.
Beth Ashcraft Graduated September 2016
Irene’s – Where do you work?
Beth – I take massage clients at my home in Madison Heights. I also create aromatherapy products for the home and body. My full time job is managing the Student Clinic and School Store at Irene’s.
Irene’s – What are your specialties?
Beth – My massage work is a combination of therapeutic and relaxation techniques, energy work and Myofascial Release. I think a client should be relaxed but also involved in the massage. When a client communicates to me what they are feeling during a session, they are then leading the session. Once they get used to this approach, they get much more out of their massage.
Irene’s – What are your favorite modalities, or what techniques do you find most effective?
Beth – My favorite work is John Barnes method of Myofascial Release. I like that this method focuses on treating the body as a whole and it’s less taxing on my own body. I also use Irene’s muscle mechanics, range of motion and stretching techniques often and clients appreciate the quick results they provide!!
Irene’s – What was your greatest success with a client?
Beth – My greatest client success story is after a few sessions that I had been too ‘in my head’ throwing way too many techniques at my clients. Once client said, “Maybe this pain is just chronic now, things don’t seem to be easing up in this one area like they used to.” In the next session, I went ‘back to the basics’. I slowed down and remembered the ‘less is more’ approach that has always helped me. A week after that session, the client said they were nearly pain free that whole week and movement was much better. The biggest mistake I make is thinking too hard! When I get out of my own way and let my intuition kick in I feel very successful in my sessions.
Irene’s – To what do you attribute your success?
Beth – I attribute my success to my ability to take what I can from every situation and everyone I’m exposed to and learn from it. Moving forward and sending intention to the universe keeps me focused on my goals.
Irene’s – What is your favorite aspect of your career?
Beth – I came to Irene’s with the intention of learning more about my own body and the pain I was in. My 20 year career in fast paced retail management had taken its toll on me. I knew that upon graduation I wanted to help people feel better and use past experiences to help me find my next path. Once I began working part time at Irene’s I knew I was in the right place. The opportunity presented itself for me to take on a leadership role while using my new massage skills and I’m very happy with my newfound career! My favorite part about my job(s) is that I am able to help people feel better every day.
Irene’s – What do you do for self-care?
Beth – For self care, I practice yoga throughout the week and find moments to practice deep breathing throughout the day. I get massage a few times a month from students and peers. I try to take only homeopathic remedies to help my symptoms and I have and I have found much relief this way.
Irene’s – Do you have any advice for new therapists?
Beth – My advice to new therapists is set your intention and stay out of your own way. Intuition is your best friend!! I would also advise to make sure you set boundaries and stand your ground. Sometimes you’ll find people who will push your boundaries as long as you let them. If you don’t let them push, they won’t.
Breathe. Hug. Smile.
Irene’s – What is the best way for clients to contact you?