John Collins Graduated from Irene’s March 2020


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

John – I’ve always been interested in massage techniques and curious about the muscle function of the human body. Also, I like to help people.


Irene’s – Where do you practice massage therapy? 

John – I practice mainly from my home, but I also travel to client’s homes and I do special events and parties.


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

John – When someone comes to me in pain and calls me later following the massage and they tell me they feel a lot better or they’re pain-free. I love to know that I help people.


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

John – I enjoyed the camaraderie and the positive energy that always circulated around the school.


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

John – Any class that Randy taught was always a fun class for me. I really enjoyed his humor and energy and his unique way of teaching.


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

John – For me, I prefer Swedish massage because I find that it’s more relaxing for my clients.


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

John – Two clients really stick out in my mind. One was a young lady who was recovering from breast cancer and had developed lymph fluid under her right armpit and breast area. I performed a lymphatic massage that greatly reduced the swelling and pain that she had been suffering from. She called me and told me it was the first time she had been pain-free in almost three months. I developed my own lymphatic massage technique by doing my own research to remove the fluid from this area.

The second was a client that was scheduled for gastric bypass surgery but the skin on his legs was so tight that the lymphatic fluid was seeping from his legs and fluid collecting around his ankles and feet. I massaged the area to circulate the fluid back into his system. He also called me and told me how much better his legs felt since giving him the lymphatic massages.


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

John –  My intention has always been to work for myself.


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

John – I try to keep myself active by working out at the gym. I meditate and I try to eat healthily.


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

JohnI feel like I went to the best school in the industry which is Irene’s.


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

John – Client referrals. If you do your best to help every client that walks through your door they will recommend you to others.


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

John – An online lymphatic drainage course.


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

John – Practice your craft and be your best and remember that when a client comes to you they are looking for a professional so maintain high standards.


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

John – My number is 313-522-3311





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 at discounted prices for seniors and veterans. Irene’s massage supply store equips massage therapists with the necessities to manage a successful career.