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.
Christian Monk Graduated February 2009
Irene’s – Where do you work?
Christian – Owner of Beauty & Bodyworks Day Spa
Irene’s – What are your specialties?
Christian – Relaxation Massage, Prenatal and Trigger/Pressure Point
Irene’s – What are your favorite modalities, or what techniques do you find most effective?
Christian – I love Trigger/Pressure Point, I love being able to ease pain through the release of pressure. Easing tension in the body releases so much more, sometimes the issues are really in the tissues.
Irene’s – What was your greatest success with a client?
Christian – I have several clients that play tennis and golf throughout the summer months. They often complain about shoulder and neck tension. Being able to release that tension and give them a better swing has been gratifying. One of my best and most loyal clients, I had the pleasure of working on and meeting while in the student clinic. He has had ongoing shoulder pain and has been to rehab several times with limited results. After performing active and passive resistance and getting bi-weekly massages he has increased his range of motion significantly. He always praises me for being able to go right to his pressure spots. After 10 years of being my client, I have had the opportunity to see my work in action.
Irene’s – Where is the first place you worked?
Christian – Massage Green in Dearborn.
Irene’s – To what do you attribute your success?
Christian – My success comes from my dedication to constantly evolve and becoming better. I invest time in education for all aspects of my business. From managing staff, technique, to business basics. I am 100% committed to growing my company.
Irene’s – What is your favorite aspect of your career?
Christian – I love the flexibility that comes with my career. I have two young kids and I like that I can drop them off at school and volunteer at their school while still being able to do what I love.
Irene’s – What do you do for self-care?
Christian – I enjoy working out and doing group exercise activities. I also see the chiropractor weekly and visit various spas around town for self care and inspiration.
Irene’s – What marketing do you feel has worked best?
Christian – Word of mouth is the best marketing for my business. I host events throughout the year and invite my clients to bring their friends and family to experience services. When I first started with my massage chair, that was my best form of marketing. People need to feel our touch.
Irene’s – What do you feel the biggest mistake you’ve made, and how did you address it?
Christian – As a business owner, I thought because I was a great therapist that I would be a great spa owner. So, I decided to take my savings and open a business without any type of business or marketing plan. I later learned those steps are essential in the success of your business.
I began to network and research programs offered to help small businesses. I attended the Build Institute where I created my business plan and I signed up for a score mentor. Just doing those two things helped open other doors and exposed me to people that could help me and my business succeed.
Irene’s – Do you have any advice for new therapists?
Christian – Create a plan for yourself and a career path and stick to it. Only make decisions or moves that get you closer to your dream. Know your worth and how you want to be treated as a therapist, it will help you to attract your ideal client and/or massage position.
Irene’s – What is the best way for clients to contact you?