The mission of Irene’s Myomassology Institute is to improve the physical, emotional and spiritual health of individuals and society. The public’s interest in natural health and preventative medicine is continuously growing. We strive to be your reliable source for information on massage therapy, healthy lifestyles and successful massage careers.
Successful Massage Careers
I was burned out after 20+ years of website development and graphic design and wanted a new challenge. Irene’s was the first school I visited and as soon as I stepped into the lobby before I even checked in for my interview I knew that I was going to enroll. The feeling of calm and Irene’s spirit just took hold. I knew I was in the right place. Best midlife crisis ever!
Mia was awarded South Lyon’s BEST Massage Therapist for 2019!
Mia – I am not sure how I ended up in massage therapy, it kind of just happened! I went to Schoolcraft right after graduating high school; I decided 4-year college/universities were not the paths that were meant for me. I thought about becoming a cosmetologist or hairdresser like my mom, aunt, and grandmother, but I decided I wanted to be more in the wellness category instead of beauty.
Phil – Besides it being a vocation, that I enjoy and have passion for, and has provided my family with food and shelter, I guess that would be number one. The education experience opening me up to a whole new world of physical human interaction which is essential to us all. Being taught by Irene to begin each session with mindfulness and sharing unconditional love with clients.
Melissa – You don’t have to take the first or every job you’re offered. When you first graduate it’s very exciting and easy to get caught up in being offered a position. It’s okay to consider all your options and be a bit picky about where you work.
Rob – My experience with massage therapy started out by receiving massage to help me relax and decrease general tightness. I was driving a delivery truck at the time and that job definitely took its toll on my body. My massage therapist helped relieve the job-related pain and tightness so much I referred some of my coworkers to get a professional massage.
Benefits of Massage Therapy
Massage has been used as a parenting practice in many cultures for nearly the entirety of human civilization. For example, history shows that mothers in India have provided massage to their newborns since as far back as 3000 BC.
Studies show that massage therapy can have a positive effect on children with ADHD. In a study by B. Magaddian, a massage therapy group showed positive effects after receiving a massage from therapists and parents. The researchers in this study found the results to be quite promising.
The benefits of massage on PTSD are not limited to the military. The positive results from massage can be profound for folks suffering from PTSD no matter the cause of the condition. Living through or witnessing anything extremely upsetting or dangerous can cause PTSD.
Massage has been introduced as a viable substitute for traditional medical approaches for low back pain. Many healthcare providers are beginning to recognize massage as a legitimate form of treatment for low back pain. In fact, studies show about fifty-four percent of healthcare providers suggest that their patients seek out a massage therapist in addition to other treatment for their pain.
The study found that receiving massage long term once a week has additive benefits on boosting immune function. Interestingly, they documented that when you receive massage twice a week the benefits on immune function decrease somewhat, but you gain an even greater effect on increasing Oxytocin (our “feel good” hormone), decreasing Cortisol (our “stress” hormone) and thereby lowering stress and anxiety levels.
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