5 Questions with Ruth Collins: Esthetician, Massage Therapist, Positive Thinker, and Risk Taker

What made you want to become an esthetician and massage therapist?

I attended a Vocational Technical High School and while practicing Cosmetology I most enjoyed the peacefulness of doing scalp massages, shampooing, and basic facials. My peers were constantly requesting I give them shoulder rubs and hand massages and my instructor would always say, “You should give massages and facials for a living!” Curious to see if there was such a career, I discovered Elizabeth Grady and its Dual Licensing program, and have since blossomed into to who I am today!

What is your proudest accomplishment in your role as an esthetics and massage therapy instructor?

Being the youngest in a team of esthetics and massage therapy instructors has given me a unique opportunity to gain experience that I might not otherwise had. I have gone through training to become both Massage Therapy and Esthetician Instructors. Now, as a teacher of both Massage Therapy and Esthetics, I have gained more and more confidence, have learned valuable professional and life skills, and have grown from a young insecure, naïve girl to the strong, confident woman I am today. Looking back, I am excited to see what my future has in store!

Who was influential in your decision to become an instructor?

I would say that my high school Cosmetology Instructor and my Esthetics Practical and Massage Technique Instructors at the Elizabeth Grady School have most influenced my decision to become an instructor. All of these women have inspired me greatly, have shared their knowledge and talent with me, and in combination have taught me more than I could have ever imagined possible. They have been role models for me and I aspire to possess their many qualities: Selflessness, Creativity, Boldness, Confidence… to be a teacher who is committed to bringing the best of themselves to their students every day while leaving joy and inspiration in their footprints.

How do you practice what you preach?

You can continuously hear me say, “Always focus on the positive and get rid of the negative!” If I am in the midst of a not so perfect situation, I do my best to redirect my focus to what’s positive and right in my life, like surrounding myself with my family, good friends, and being outside, enjoying all the beauty nature offers!

What is your favorite pastime/hobby and why?

Anything outdoors and that has a motor! I grew up in a large competitive family who loves racing dirt bikes, riding quads, and traveling on snowmobiles! Being with my family is my biggest joy and then riding alongside all of them just makes it complete! I believe in taking risks and having fun!