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.
Katherine Russell Graduated February 2006
Irene’s – Where do you work?
Katherine – Spa in the Woods in Grosse Pointe and LaVida Massage in Washington Twp.
Irene’s – What are your specialties?
Katherine – I really don’t have a “specialty”…I practice more of an outcome based massage session, incorporating techniques based upon the clients wants.
Irene’s – What are your favorite modalities, or what techniques do you find most effective?
Katherine – I love them all! I think “relaxation” techniques have been underestimated, I’ve learned this from working in the spa environment. People are stressed out; take very little time for self-care and many just want to chill for an hour.
Irene’s – What was you greatest success with a client?
Katherine – The clients that I’ve helped rehab after knee replacement surgery…I’ve had 3 so far! Getting weekly sessions helped all of them with the recovery process.
Irene’s – Where is the first place you worked?
Katherine – The very first place was at a Spa.
Irene’s – To what do you attribute your success?
Katherine – First, my education that I had at Irene’s. It was by far the best and I learned much more than just massage. Second, my experience in customer service has helped too.
Irene’s – What is your favorite aspect of your career?
Katherine – Helping people feel better. Whether it’s pain relief, stress reduction or doing spa treatments.
Irene’s – What do you do for self-care?
Katherine – I get at least 2 massages a month. I run, workout 5-6 days a week, eat healthy, do yoga, pray & meditate.
Irene’s – What marketing do you feel has worked best?
Katherine – I don’t have to do much marketing, but word of mouth referrals are key and social media for sure.
Irene’s – What do you feel the biggest mistake you’ve made, and how did you address it?
Katherine – Several years ago I had a client who was inappropriate, I kept quiet and said nothing to anyone. It was the first time anything like that ever happened and I honestly just brushed it off as not a big deal. The second incident was worse and I reported him after the session. I know now that I should’ve said something the first time.
Irene’s – Do you have any advice for new therapists?
Katherine – Trust your gut. Follow your intuition. Slow down!
Irene’s – What is the best way for clients to contact you?
Katherine – Social Media or my phone number is 586-332-0021.