A Successful Career – Julia Franco-Briest and Matt Briest

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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.

 Julia Franco- Briest Graduated October 2008
Matt Briest Graduated May 2013


Irene’s – Where do you work?

We are owners of Michigan-based Compassion Wellness Center, a traveling wellness resource in the USA. We are currently in Desert Hot Springs, California at our own Hot Spring Wellness Camp and Retreat. We both are also independent contractors with several boutique hotels and spas in our area that host detox mineral water retreats.

Irene’s – What are your specialties?

Julia – Somatic Grief Coaching – coaching individuals how the physical manifestations of grief and trauma appear in the body. I help people redefine and transform themselves ourselves after significant loss. I also practice Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release and Sound Therapy.
Matt – Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release and Sound Therapy.

Irene’s – What was you greatest success with a client?

Julia – My career and life of serving others has provided many great successes with clients transforming grief and trauma
Matt – Helping my clients with alternatives to surgery such as hip replacements and neck fusions.

Irene’s – What are your favorite modalities, or what techniques do you find most effective?

Julia – Myofascial Release has been most effective in my grief work to release trauma from tissue that physically and emotionally binds one from moving forward. Aquafascial Release is done in the hot mineral pool at our wellness retreat center.
Matt – Myofascial Release allows me to be extremely effective in releasing tight necks and other joints that tend to get stuck by fascia that hinders movement. Sound Therapy has been extremely effective in helping clients awaken into their own body.

Irene’s – Where is the first place you worked?

Julia – Renaissance Spa in Bloomfield Hills, MI. and the Back & Neck Pain Center in Troy, MI.
Matt – Compassion Wellness Center in Clawson, MI.

Irene’s – To what do you attribute your success?

Julia – Listening to my heart when it whispered in my ear to quit my corporate job and go to massage school.
Matt – Being of service to others!

Irene’s – What marketing do you feel has worked best?

Matt & Julia – Client referrals are how we have built our business. We also do a lot of social media and e-mail marketing campaigns to stay in touch as we travel.

Irene’s – What is your favorite aspect of your career?

Julia – Helping people with lasting results whether it’s emotional or physical.
Matt – Connecting with others and helping them change their lives.

Irene’s – What do you do for self-care?

Matt and Julia – Soaking in the hot mineral springs at our wellness retreat several times a day and receiving massage from each other.

Irene’s – What do you feel the biggest mistake you’ve made, and how did you address it?

Matt and Julia – Trying to do too many massages without self-care. We limit the number of massages we do per day and balance our work and home life.

Irene’s – Do you have any advice for new therapists?

Julia – Clear and healthy boundaries with clients and your self-care, this will lend you a long career!
Matt – Don’t try to direct where your massage practice will go. Just let it evolve!

Irene’s – What is the best way for clients to contact you?

Julia Briest: julia@cwcmi.com
Matt Briest: matt@cwcmi.com


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