FAQ, Massage

Where to get a cheap Massage?

Great question.   First of all, a Massage from me isn’t “cheap”  I would go on a limb and say it’s a good value.  At $80/hour you are paying the going rate for an experienced Massage Therapist located in a major metro area.  You get 60 plus minutes of my time devoted just to you.  My office is nice and provides an escape from your daily life.  A Massage with me includes Aromatherapy.  It’s also custom tailored.  You also get someone that you can talk to or not talk to.

 

What if you really need a Massage and you don’t have $80.00

 

Look for an intro rate coupon.

Most places offer a generous first time discount.  I do too-(20 percent off)!  The down side is that your therapist will never get to know you or your body because you keep skipping around.  If you are going this route choose a Chiropractor’s office or Independently run Massage Clinic.  They tend to hire more experienced Massage Therapists and you will probably get a decent Massage.

If a Massage therapist is serious they will try to get you to come back for more.  If you are skipping around intermittently for a Massage you probably are as tight as the therapist says that you. Trust me, I know what “average” tight feels like and “haven’t had a Massage in a year” tight feels like.

 

Massage Envy or other Francises

The monthly membership is a good value if you really do commit to getting a Massage once a month.  I think it is around $60/Massage.  Non-Membership Massage is pricy.

A couple of things to keep in mind:  Their hour Massage is only about 45-50 minutes of hands on work.  With an independent practitioner an hour usually means about 55 minutes of hands on work.

Higher Turnover:  Chains do have good people on staff and they also have students just finishing school.  They aren’t too picky with the hiring.  It’s also really hard to set up a regular appointment with someone that you like.  Because the pay isn’t that great and the hours are long with few breaks, the turnover is higher.  Also, you will find more practitioners offering a generic Swedish Massage.  If that is what you need then Massage Envy might be just the place for you.

 

Mall Massage:

These usually have names like Dragon City, Massage Oriental or some other name that alludes to Asia.  The Massage Therapists are for the most part from Asia.  The prices are usually pretty good: sometimes as low as $52/hour including steamy towels.  You can just walk-in and state how many minutes you would like to do.  The rooms are semi-private and Asian relaxation flute pop is guaranteed. These therapists are STRONG and good with their hands.

But, and this is a big but-they don’t speak English.  If your problem just involves pointing, your pain issues aren’t that complicated and intense pressure doesn’t bother you then this can be a great choice.  Hint: I’ve been know to go here now and again-especially Massage Oriental.  In fact,  I appreciate the fact that I can’t communicate because I am a natural blabber mouth and this forces me to be quiet. I’m use to strong pressure and due to getting regular Massage  my neck and shoulder problems are pretty typical.

Do not go here if….. you have a complicated medical condition or know for yourself that you are more sensitive or bruise easily.  If you do, speak up if it is too much pressure.  These employees have good hands-on skill but they just cannot communicate enough to problem solve chronic or more rare problems.  They don’t do a lot of on the front side. Sometimes the draping is a little awkward-I always ask for a female practitioner because of this.

 

Groupon

Do not buy a groupon Massage.  I repeat: Skip the groupon Massage!!!!  I’ve both serviced these appointments and talked with many dissatisfied customers over the years that have used groupon.

Here’s the deal: Groupon pays the therapist next to nothing.  Groupon also requires the business to sell a boat load of these.  What this means is that the business often becomes inundated with a lot of new clients looking for a cheap Massage.  These Massage therapists easily become overworked and injured.  They are not enjoying giving you the cheap Massage.  There’s a special place in hell for you if you do not tip generously a groupon Massage!!!

Tip: With any of these places try to go first thing in the morning while the therapist is fresh.  You do not want to be their seventh Massage of the day.

I have the luxury of pacing my schedule so that I can give everyone my full attention.

Best wishes getting the Massage you want!!!

 

 

 

Aromatherapy, Massage

Aromatherapy Program Completed

I did it!! I completed the 36 hour Aromatherapy for Massage Therapists program. This was a blast and has given me so much inspiration to bring into Massage services with you.

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Certificate from Aromahead

Custom Aromatherapy Massage Lotion

I will still be using Biotone as the base for your Massages. It’s a high quality creme that absorbs well into the skin and doesn’t leave you feeling greasy. I can use oil upon request. Now I offer a couple of choices.

 

 

Relaxation: This blend is mild smelling with Lavender, Sweet Orange, and Frankincense. These smells are comforting and sedating as well as anti-spasmodic and skin nourishing To this I can add Ginger or Cardamom for tummy troubles.  Patchouli or Ylang Ylang are added for deeper relaxation.  Ravinstara or Marjoram, are added to open the sinuses.  With 20 oils to choose from we can also add in something that you really like just because you like it!!

Muscle Magic: A client favorite. It has essential oils with properties known for soothing aching muscles and increasing circulation. It is also energizing and clears the head. It includes essential oils of Eucalyptus, Juniper, Lavender, Rosemary and Peppermint. It smells stronger and opens the pathways.

Muscle Magic Salve:  Take home Muscle Magic in a concentrated formula to apply anytime you muscles feel sore.

Shiatsu clients:

I can still use this on your neck and feet.

 

Stay tuned for specialty ointments for specific aches and pains.

Aromatherapy, Massage

Foot Soak

Imagine yourself laying face up on the Massage table. I put your feet into a perfectly warm foot soak tub filled with Epson salts and custom essential oils. As your feet soak I Massage your neck, shoulders and arms. With a 90 minute session there’s still plenty of time to work out all of your kinks. Includes Thai reflexology.

Favorite Blends Include:  Cold and Cough Support; Relaxation; and Invigorating

 

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FAQ, Massage, Musings

Should I Shave my Legs before a Massage?

What! Seriously! You have a question about this!! Have you met my family?!!! I’m a second generation hippie so bring on the leg hair! I only started shaving my own legs again when I turned 35.

Why you should shave your legsshavelegscartoon?

1)You are an avid cyclist and you don’t want drag or road rash.

2)It’s part of who you are and it makes you feel good about yourself.

3)It’s part of your “I’m excited to get a Massage ritual.”

4)You like how the efflaurage feels without the drag of leg hair.

Bad reasons to shave your legs

1)You want to impress me.

I will give you a great Massage with or without leg hair. Sometimes we just need a little more lotion.

If you are self-conscious about body hair and don’t want to shave you can always keep your clothes on and choose Shiats

 

Aromatherapy, Massage

April’s Active Again Arthritis Antidote

This week has been an exciting week for Aromatherapy adventures.  I have a new effective arthritis creme for you to try.

The active ingredient is Trauma Oil.  This special oil is a combination of St. John’s Wort and Calendula.  It is very effective at working with Arthritis and is also hard to find in the twin cities.  It can come in liquid form, but I find that hard to work with and because it is expensive I don’t want to lose a drop.  I combined the Trauma Oil with Bees Wax and Coconut Oil to make a creme just for you.

The essential oils used are Juniper, Sweet Orange, Ginger, and Cardamom.  It has a pleasant scent and is not too strong.  These oils are warming and your skin will notice.

My stepmother tried it on her arthritic toe and declared that she could walk easily again. She is an active lady that doesn’t want to be held back by toe pain.

Try “April’s Active Again Arthritis Antidote” Today.

I will use this in your Massage.  If you would like to take some home to try the cost is $10.00.  While starting out I will be selling this at just above the cost to make it.  I want as many people as possible to try it.

More on Arthritis: The fact is this, once you get the x-ray or MRI and the doctor determines that,yes,  indeed you do have arthritis there is not much that Massage can do for the actual arthritis.  The bone is worn away and I can’t fix that.  However, I can work on the muscles, tendons and ligaments that are irritated by the arthritis.  This Massage work plus April’s Active Again Arthritis Antidote will ease the pain cause by Arthritis.

See you soon.

Body Mechanics, Massage

Bend Over Better

One of my longtime clients recently sent this article to me.  It’s on the NPR website.

Lost Art Of Bending Over: How Other Cultures Spare Their Spines

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This article compares the American way, where one curves the spine to reach down and pick something up, with the “table method” of our global neighbors.

This article advocates for the “table method” where one keeps the back straight and hinges at the hips. I personally have been trying out this table method over the last couple of weeks.  I notice that I have to actively engage the hamstrings to be effective. I felt it most in the hamstring attachments (where the underside of the butt meets the upper legs).

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A lovely picture of me bending over to pick-up a toy from the yard. My attempt at a flat back and hinging at the hips.  I can feel it in the back of my legs.

How To ‘Table’ Bend (Excerpt from article)

To hip hinge:
1. Place your feet about 12 inches apart.
2. Keep your back straight.
3. As you bend your knees, allow your pubic bone to move backward.
4. Fold over by allowing your pubic bone to slide through your legs, down and back

By the way, I can help with those low back injuries.  Better yet, let’s just avoid them in the first place.

Aromatherapy, Massage, Uncategorized

Aromatherapy Month

A great bodywork session which includes aromatherapy can be just the thing to stave off those Winter blues!

The Practical Healer is making a bigger effort to include Aromatherapy into each relaxation oriented Massage or Shiatsu sessions. As most of you know, Tiger Balm Liniment is included in your session as a way to relieve pain and open up the sinuses when you flip from prone to supine.

I also have a diffuser going with a seasonal essential oil. For the Winter I have Bayberry Balsam

In addition, I would like to offer a custom scented oil to enhance your Massage session. Popular aromas include Sweet Orange and Lavender.  Aromatherapy is currently included free of charge. Your session often ends with a spritz of Peppermint to awaken the senses and prepare you for your departure.

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