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.


Kristina Peck Graduated September 2016 

Irene’s – Where do you work?

Kristina –  I work on the occasional client in a room in my house in Commerce Township. I am also the assistant manager of the student clinic at Irene’s Myomassology Institute.

Irene’s – What are your specialties?

Kristina – I specialize in Basic Swedish Massage as well as Reflexology.  I also love working with aromatherapy.

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

Kristina – I love using false contractions. We learn this technique on the calf area, but it works so well in many areas you can get a decent grip on. The muscles just melt when you let go.

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

Kristina – I had a client with severe neuropathy in his hands. By doing targeted work on his forearms and hands I helped return some sensation to his hands and he was very grateful.

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

Kristina – I’ve only ever worked for Irene’s and myself in massage, and I love it.

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

Kristina – This school (Irene’s) taught me more than massage. I learned to better communicate my needs and to ask for help. My instructors and apprentices were and still are great sources of knowledge and amusement.

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

Kristina – I love working with the students here at Irene’s. So many people come through this school, and I enjoy helping them through there clinic time, be it with clients or more personal issues.  With massage, I just enjoy helping people who need some time to slow down, even if it’s just for 30 minutes.

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

Kristina – Not enough, to be honest. I definitely need to stretch more. I do a lot of self-massage on my hands, forearms, and work trigger points on my neck and shoulders.

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

Kristina – Word of mouth. I don’t do a whole lot of marketing, but just having family members talk about what I do has gotten me, clients. Sometimes you won’t get the clients by yourself, so having supportive people in your life is so helpful.

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

Kristina – Not talking to people about myself and what I do. I felt like self-promotion was selfish when really, you can fit it in through the course of a conversation. People who meet me in passing will remember I do massage when they get that twinge in their neck that I relieved a trigger point from.

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

Kristina – Ask for help. Even after you graduate, anyone here is willing to assist you with any questions. Reach out to your fellow therapists. Make connections with people in all areas of your life.

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

Kristina – The best way to contact me is at

Irene’s Myomassology Institute is a nationally accredited massage therapy school located in Southfield, Michigan.  Scholarships and Financial Aid are available for qualified students to help them pay school tuition.  Our students graduate with a state license prepared for a successful career as a massage therapist.  Irene’s lifetime job placement services maintain an abundance of massage career opportunities for our alumni.  Irene’s student massage clinic provides affordable massage to the public with discounted prices for seniors and veterans. Irene’s massage supply store equips massage therapists with the necessities to manage a successful career.