Daniella Mullins graduated in January 2021

Irene’s – Why did you choose massage therapy as a career?

Daniella – I originally had an interest in massage at the age of 18 but decided to go into healthcare-related jobs for the next ten years until I came back full circle to Massage Therapy.

Irene’s – Where do you practice massage therapy?

Daniella – I work full time at Massage Luxe in Ann Arbor Michigan.

Irene’s – What is the most rewarding part of your massage career?

Daniella – Lately the feedback has been really great about helping improve quality of life and pain management for people. Otherwise learning and growing every day is a wonderful thing.

Irene’s – Do you have a favorite memory from massage school?

Daniella – The comradery. I had so many great and like-minded people that I was surrounded with on a regular basis. Everyone was so nice and caring, from the teachers and staff to the students. I felt like I had so much support and it was really nice to have while learning.

Irene’s – What was the best class you took at Irene’s massage school?

Daniella – I loved all the Thai Massage classes with Randy. Thai opened up a whole other world of massage for me.

Irene’s – What bodywork modalities or massage techniques do you find most effective?

Daniella – I use a lot of Myofascial work along with Trigger Point therapy and of course Thai Massage.

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

Daniella – I have many but honestly if I can make a small difference in how someone feels that is all that matters to me. It is always good to hear that you are helping in any way.

Irene’s – Where is the first place you worked after you graduated from massage school?

Daniella – I am currently working at Massage Luxe Scio Township Ann Arbor Michigan. I have been working there since March 2, 2021.

Irene’s – What do you do for self-care to provide longevity for your massage career?

Daniella – I have over time started doing more and more for myself. I get a massage every two weeks; I take Epsom salt baths a few times a week. I have also completely revamped my diet and have healthily lost 40 lbs since March. My self-care has improved drastically and I don’t think it would be that way without having started this career.

Irene’s – To what do you attribute your success as a massage therapist?

Daniella – All of my support. My friends, my family, my partner, teachers, staff, and my doggies. I had so many people rooting for my success and holding me up. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have made it through. For that, I am truly thankful.

Irene’s – What marketing do you feel has worked best to promote your massage practice?

Daniella – Honestly my knowledge and education from school is my biggest tool. All the electives have given me such a well-rounded amount of knowledge to be able to use in my practice. I am incredibly busy at my spa and I stay busy.

Irene’s – What do you feel was the biggest mistake you made as a massage therapist and how did you address it?

Daniella – I am sure I made many mistakes. I can’t recall one having a lasting impact on me. I was doing the best I could with what I had at the time. I am still learning and growing today.

Irene’s – What continuing education have you taken after graduating from massage school?

Daniella – I haven’t taken any continuing education yet. I have been waiting to return to campus when it becomes available to alumni.

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

Daniella – Believe in yourself and don’t sell yourself short. Be kind and love people as they are. You can do anything you put your mind to.

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

Daniella – Email me at djmullins@outlook.com