Having been born in 1920, Irene Gauthier lived through many hardships in her life and continued to thrive. She witnessed the Great Depression, World War II, the Civil Rights Movement, a Presidential Assassination, the Detroit Riots, the Moon Landing, and both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. She found the time in her life to nurture and raise a family, with enough energy to spare to become a successful entrepreneur and creator of the field of Myomassology. Way beyond the age of traditional retirement, she practiced Myomassology, taught classes, and assisted students in her school clinic.
Irene worked hard into her golden years, never ready to stop learning and growing. She forged a path for thousands of massage students to carry on her wisdom. She traveled the world offering master classes, forging a reputation as one of the foremost authorities on bodywork. The profound impact she had on the massage profession is immeasurable.
Irene's inquiring mind and lively nature were the driving forces that kept her going at an age where many would be reliving memories and accomplishments of the past. Unwilling to limit herself, she still found it important to further her education by attending new seminars well into her 80's. She continued to keep her eyes firmly fixed on goals for expanding her school and her own personal growth.
Utilizing her natural born gift, Irene incorporated a variety of bodywork techniques into her practice. Integrating expertise with her remarkable intuition she created techniques to provide optimal healing for her clients and new material for her book. She possessed an unmatched intuitive ability to sense a problem area in someone's body. Frequently she astounded her class by feeling a student's sore spot from across the room. She gave credit for this ability to what she called her inner physician. It was her belief that everyone has this ability, and they only need to quiet their minds and learn to listen.
From knowledge and years of experience, she developed myomassology as a comprehensive healing art. Myomassology provides the practitioner with a variety of skills to tailor to each session, allowing maximum healing to occur. Irene always said, "Regular massage is just rub, rub, rub. I do Myomassology!"
During a typical Myomassology treatment, Irene practiced numerous therapeutic modalities. Following her intuition, she adapted each of her treatments to the client's individual needs. However, she often concentrated on energy balancing, reflexology and cranial techniques, because she found them extremely effective.
Irene's reputation is highly respected in the bodywork community. Her students speak fondly of her. A commonly heard statement in regard to her training is, "Studying with Irene changed my life. It is an experience I'll never forget."
When she was not teaching at her school, Irene's Myomassology Institute in Southfield, Michigan, she was found leading workshops around the United States, Canada, Barbados, Bermuda and Finland. Her traveling spirit took her to 50 states and six continents. On vacations she explored exotic locations hiking, snorkeling, white water rafting, parasailing, and horseback riding.
She attributed her good health to a natural diet primarily of organic fruit, vegetables, rice, beans, soy, and yogurt. In addition, she took vitamin supplements and herbs daily. She never indulged in nicotine, alcohol or drugs of any kind. She meditated regularly to maintain a sense of balance. Her dedication to her work of healing others also contributed to her longevity.
Irene acquired her curiosity and interest in natural health when she was young. Her memories of her father included his natural ability to heal animals on the farm. Her background in massage dates back to her Finnish ancestry. As a child, she was enthralled listening to stories about her great-grandmother in Finland, who used reflexology and herbs to relieve various physical ailments of her neighbors and friends. In 1938, she left the family farm in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and traveled alone on a train to Detroit to begin her life in a big city she had never before visited.