Irene's Myomassology Institute LogoIrene’s Myomassology Institute, the oldest and largest therapeutic massage school in the Midwest, has won an Excellence in Education award from Massage Envy Spa, a massage therapy franchise based in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The award will be presented on April 30 during the company’s annual Franchise Conference in Phoenix. Kathy Skubik, Irene’s executive director, will be at the event to accept the honor.

“It’s an honor that Massage Envy chose our school,” Skubik said. “They’ve told me personally that they prefer to hire students from our school than from any other school in the area.  When they need to hire new therapists, we’re the first people they call.”

Irene’s is not affiliated with Massage Envy – it is an independent, nationally accredited therapeutic massage school that was founded in Southfield, Michigan, in 1987 by Skubik’s mother, Irene Gauthier, the institute’s namesake. This is the first award it has received from Massage Envy.

The judging criteria for the Excellence in Education Award includes a school’s program and curriculum; level of student and graduate support; involvement with the massage therapy industry, regionally and nationally; and performance outcomes, such as number of graduates, placements and graduate satisfaction.

Irene’s has an average enrollment of 250 students a year. The school provides lifetime job placement for graduates, including exclusive career fairs for its alumni. Irene’s pays the fees for students’ Massage Board Licensing Exam and State License.

As a nationally accredited massage school, Irene’s Myomassology Institute is committed to providing the best program in therapeutic massage available.  The curriculum is founded on Irene’s innovative techniques and more than 50 years of experience in massage therapy. The mission of Irene’s Myomassology Institute is to improve the spiritual, mental and emotional health of individuals and society.