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.
Michelle Pozan-Currie Graduated September 2009
Irene’s – Where do you work?
Michelle – I am currently Self Employed working out of my home in Rockford, MI
Irene’s – What are your specialties?
Michelle – I specialize in what I call “Therapeutic Massage”. I adapt each massage to the client’s needs to help release pain points, using Deep Tissue work, Myofascial Release, Stretching and Trigger Point therapy. I am also a Deep Feet Ashiatsu therapist and I have great success with that modality.
Irene’s – What are your favorite modalities, or what techniques do you find most effective?
Michelle – Ashiatsu and Thai Stretching have been very helpful for my clients, along with cupping and myofascial release. I have taken courses with Erik Dalton. I love his techniques to really help clients realign their bodies as we work deep into the myoskeletal system.
Irene’s – What was your greatest success with a client?
Michelle – That’s hard to say because every client has different needs and when they leave feeling pain-free, that could be called an immediate success. I think the greatest successes in my practice are the clients who take to heart recommendations for changing their lifestyles. It could be something simple like changing how they sleep or moving their workstation around, or moving more for health. After graduation, I became an IIN Certified Nutrition Coach so recommendations for eating well can make a huge difference in their life. Knowing basic things to recommend like easy stretching and strengthening exercises to support the skeletal system may be the difference in a lasting result for pain relief. Really, overall just helping each client take charge of their health to reduce the chances of coming back to me for the same issue makes me feel like I helped change that person’s life for the better and that’s a success to me.
Irene’s – Where is the first place you worked?
Michelle – I worked for McCauley Chiropractic in Rochester, MI
Irene’s – To what do you attribute your success?
Michelle – Continuing Education, every year I take at least 1 big class or certification, I continually do webinars and workshops online. I’m always learning new techniques and researching ways to help my clients.
Irene’s – What is your favorite aspect of your career?
Michelle – I love everything about it! I was a personal trainer before I became a massage therapist, so adding it all together is a joy for me. I love helping people out of pain, but I also love educating and encouraging healthier lifestyles so my clients can enjoy a vibrant, healthy life overall…inside and out! I love the flexibility of being a small business owner, working from home. I feel very fortunate to have wonderful clientele who are always referring to their friends and family to my practice.
Irene’s – What do you do for self-care?
Michelle – I work out at home with online programs. I get a massage at least 2x a month and go to my chiropractor at least 1x a month. I eat a higher fat/lower carb/moderate-protein diet. I also lead a couple of exercise classes a week, read, and make sure I do something at least a couple of times a month just for me (like 5K’s and charity events). I make a point to go out with my husband at least a couple of times a month to keep my relationship healthy.
Irene’s – What marketing do you feel has worked best?
Michelle – Word of mouth and referrals.
Irene’s – What do you feel the biggest mistake you’ve made, and how did you address it?
Michelle – I worked for a large massage studio and overworked myself until I was injured. After I had the injury I made the decision to work on my own to keep a schedule that worked for me.
Irene’s – Do you have any advice for new therapists?
Michelle – Never quit learning. The education we get from Irene’s is the best, but it’s just the icing on the cake. Find one thing that you loved about your classes and expand on that to specialize in when you graduate. I think that the reason I have a steady clientele even working from home is this – Continuing education, passion for what I do, have a toolbox of techniques I can draw from so each massage is “individualized”. LISTENING to the person in front of me & CARING about them so I may help that individual get the best result possible at each treatment.
Irene’s – What is the best way for clients to contact you?
Michelle – Go to my website at moxiefitnessmassage.com
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.