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
Erin Aube Graduated from Irene’s September 2015 Irene’s – Why did you choose massage therapy as a career? Erin - It was a winding path, I sometimes look at as a river. A lot of bends and twists shaped my decision. I have a background in Fine Art and Sculpting...
My stubbornness and determination are what have kept my business going for 17 years, and not only survived a pandemic but thrived after it. And fostering relationships with people so they feel like more than just a name on the schedule.
Do you have a favorite memory from massage school?
Jeff – Doing my practical exam on Irene herself and afterward sitting, drinking tea, and chatting with her on her couch for a few hours afterward. So much knowledge…
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.
I’ve always been drawn to helping others but I never knew how I wanted to achieve that. After receiving my first massage, which happened to be in Irene’s student clinic, I was amazed at how I felt mentally, physically, and energetically. I knew after that this was the way I could make a difference in someones’ life.
Benefits of Massage Therapy
When many people think of massage therapy, they think of it as a way to provide some physical benefit. However, massage is also widely seen as a strategy to improve mental health, relaxation, mood, and decrease stress. Massage can provide a number of benefits to your mental health, whether you have a clinical mental health condition or simply had a long day at work.
Lymphatic drainage is a wonderful modality to use because some people with arthritis experience a lot of excess fluid from the inflammation in their joints. This modality helps to get that fluid moving. Light stretching of the joints can also alleviate some of the pain.
Some of the most significant benefits of massage therapy for MS sufferers appear to be reduced spasticity and pain, improved circulation and increased muscle and joint flexibility. Massage also reduces stress, which is thought to be a pain trigger for MS clients as well.
Chronic pain is often defined as any pain lasting more than twelve weeks. Whereas acute pain is a normal sensation, chronic pain is very different. Chronic pain persists. Serious, chronic pain affects over 100 million Americans each year, many of whom are inadequately treated by the health-care system.
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.
Meditation can be practiced by almost everyone and provides significant benefits to mental, emotional, and physical health. Trying one of the various styles of mediation based on your specific goals and/or preferences is a great way to improve your quality of life, even if you only have a few minutes each day to lend to the practice!
Every day we come in contact with hundreds of chemicals in the products we use, and many of them are health hazards. Paying attention to what we use to clean and maintain our homes and bodies may be even more crucial than eating organic foods.
Not all of us can afford to go 100% organic every time we shop. The solution? Focus on those foods that come with the heaviest burden of pesticides, additives, and hormones.
Most plastics are coded on the bottom with a number surrounded by a recycling triangle. This number will tell you if your recycling service will accept an item. It also tells you if it’s safe to reuse that bottle for food and liquid storage if you know what to look for.
Chelation means grasping and eliminating metals from the body. There are various foods and supplements that will assist in chelation. Some effective, natural chelators are chlorella, cilantro (which may work best when used in conjunction with chlorella, MSM, or garlic), bentonite clay, and zeolite.
Hello again, fellow MTs. We are now fully one month into this pandemic. I'm sure many of us have faced challenges during this time not only professionally, but also personally. I hope you are taking good care of yourselves! I've put together some suggestions and tips...
Irene's amazing Professional Development Instructor, Paul Mattson, did some research to help our graduates. Here is the latest information on resources to help massage therapists get through this unpredictable pandemic. Read this to find where to look for help. Thanks...
Irene’s Myomassology Institute Cares Set goals for each and every day. Enjoy a shower to feel fresh. Get dressed. Do not spend the day in your pajamas. Get yourself out of the house for some fresh air. Take a walk and start moving. We can’t control the weather, so...
by Paul Mattson, LMT - Personal Development Instructor These are, indeed, uncertain times for everybody, and as Massage Therapists we are no exception. We are used to providing care for others, and, if you're like me, you're sometimes not so good at remembering to...