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Monday, April 28, 2008

Mother's Day approaches

Mother's Day is on the way.

If you're having trouble finding the right gift for your mother or the mother of your children.

A gift certificate for massage can be a wonderfully well-deserved gift of that peace and quiet that every mother craves.

A half-hour Feet Retreat for the mother who's always on the go or how about one full hour that she can have to herself. A tranquil room where all she has to do is breathe.

Gift Certificates come with a relaxing blended lotion, bath salts, and Peppermint Foot Cream.

She will feel wonderful all over.

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Friday, April 25, 2008

Spotlight Article

An article about me.... I recently sat down with Bob McCarthy to talk about my career in massage, how I got here, why I chose Massage Therapy as a profession and the benefits companies report when they employ a chair massage program for their employees.

It was a bit surreal to be interviewed and even more to see my picture and quotes from me in print.

The article in its entirety can be found on my site here. (6m)

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

First-Hand Experiences

I'm having some first-hand experiences with stress. Major life changes, apartment hunting, loss, etc. Most of the time I'm handling it fairly well, however, occasionally I find myself teetering on the edge. These moments happen for all of us.

It stands out how difficult it can be to take pause in these times. Will the ten breaths be enough? If I close my eyes can I really give the feelings their due and move on.
I'd like to have all of the answers and the resolve - the steps you take to work with your negative emotions do work. While it may not always be perfect - you may react or blame or try to pull someone else into your mess - making an effort to calm yourself is always the best action.

Letting those that love you know that you are having difficulty can be a very key step in the process of dealing with hard times. If they don't know what's going on, they might think that they are to blame. This holds true for those little annoyances as well as the tragic events that happen in life.

All I can say is - best of luck, and be patient with yourself as it will help you be more patient with others.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The grounding client

I have one client who keeps me extremely grounded. She's very special and we talk and laugh, not every session but most. She's blind and I have to go see her at her house. She is a reminder that communication can take many forms. It helps me a great deal with my other clients - to better understand what their bodies say even if they don't use words. It also helps me to communicate and help my clients to understand me better. I am so thankful to have a client like this - every massage therapist should be so lucky.

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Monday, April 21, 2008

Online Booking Changes

The on-line booking calendar is undergoing some renovations. It will not be available again until May 5th. If you would like to book an appointment in the coming week or would like to order gift certificates. Please call me directly and I will be happy to help. My response time is usually within four hours if I am unable to take your call.

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Saturday, April 19, 2008

March for Babies

I had a great time at the March for Babies in Forest Park today. They say there were nearly twelve hundred participants which is great . It was great to see some friends from last year's walk - to catch up and chat. Although we were pretty busy. Three therapists and so many people we had many people in the massage chair. I am always so glad to provide my services for people that are doing so much to help others. It's also great that the sun was on our side. Everybody had fun and it's amazing what can be accomplished with a walk in the park.

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Sunday, April 13, 2008


"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

Winston Churchill

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Friday, April 11, 2008

The old New Client

I've been with the Chicopee Chamber now for nearly a year I've also been a member of BNI. Both have been great for my business, however, they each hold certain client types that I'm sure any therapist would find. I call this client the Round Tuit. They say things like "I really enjoy massage.... I'll have to come see you some time..." but then all of their intent seems just that. All talk and no action. I'm not the type to force my services on anyone. Quite the contrary, I understand that massage is not for everyone and that people will hopefully find the therapist that's right for them. I believe we all encounter these Round Tuits in any business. They are proof that patience can pay off. Also, sometimes these clients give the true reason they waited to use your services. This lesson can be invaluable. Oftentimes, the relationship just has to be built to a certain level. The level of trust required for massage or any service can often be great and sometimes taken for granted by the professional. Build trust, no matter how long it takes, it is always important to have trust.

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Challenging Yourself with Yoga

I'm currently enrolled in a teacher training program and find it somewhat funny when people look at me and say " You do Yoga?!" I'm not a small guy I know, but size is more irrelevant than people lead themselves to believe. While I love backbends and enjoy relaxing in a Full Wheel conversely my biggest challenge is in core work. I aim to excel and get my core to where I'd like it to be. However, it's the challenge of yoga - and there are many- that I love.

If you haven't noticed I highly recommend yoga - to anyone and everyone - your yoga teacher will let you know what to not do or avoid. If you don't feel you can trust your yoga teacher - find another yoga teacher. I personally like Mama Nirvana's and VegaYoga but there are quite a few in the area that are trustworthy.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Baystate Health Fair

Baystate offers a special program for it's employees. Discounts from area vendors of all types. Today we all went over to Baystate in Springfield to show our stuff. It was great to meet some of the employees, doctors, nurses, and especially the workers who really keep things going over there. An added bonus was meeting with others who participate in the vendor program.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Hip pain and the rotation relation

During my time today at UMass I worked with two runners and a football player with various types of hip pain.

One of the bigger problem areas of the rotator group is a small muscle called the piriformis. It attaches at the pelvis and inserts at the greater trochanter. Often problems occur for various reasons, sitting-style, gait, anatomical, etc. It can often contribute to feelings of sciatic pain - ie numbness or tingling in the leg, pain when sitting for long periods.

There are simple stretches for this little PIA
1) sitting with one leg crossed in front of the other, it is recommended that you use something like a pillow or cushion underneath your seat to raise you up slightly, in order to protect the knees, making an effort to sit "indian-style" like this for even a few minutes throughout the day can often have great impact on releasing tension and making regular sitting more comfortable.
NO PAIN - if there is pain associated with sitting in this fashion stop - comfort is the goal

2)Laying on the floor facing the ceiling feet flat on the ground bring one ankle to the opposite knee (make triangles - like a number four that's bent) reach one arm through your legs and the other behind the thigh pull your foot off the floor - you will need to raise your shoulder blades off the floor - be careful not to strain your neck - ears should stay in line with the shoulders.


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Monday, April 7, 2008

Vega Yoga

I attendend one of the premier yoga classes over at Aaron & Debra Vega's new studio in Holyoke. It is a great space with lots of light coming in through big windows and a great view over looking the canals. There were so many people there - for 9am on a Sunday morning to have people come out for anything is quite a feat. We all had plenty of room to practice and it was really great to see new faces along with others that have been regulars in Aaron's classes. They have some really great programs over there.

Two that are particularly worth noting are - Yoga en Espanol - A 5pm class on Thursday nights entirely in Spanish. I myself, regret not knowing much spanish other than what I;ve Learned from Sesame Street - Speaking of Sesame the other brilliant concept is to have a day class with a simultaneous kids class - no need for babysitters or leaving the kids at mom & dad's when you go to class.

The new studio is at Open Square in Holyoke - Classes on-going and beginners are encouraged for most classes - avid Yogis who love to be challenged get classes just for them too.

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Saturday, April 5, 2008

Give Scapegoats TLC

I found myself slightly impatient and always trying to maintain professionalism, I did not let it out with clients, rather , I unleashed my wrath on someone. We all find a scapegoat whether it’s the one we love or just happens to be the one we’re with. I explained to her what was really happening and while it helped a little I still have some remorse over putting her in a position she did not deserve to be in.

It would be wonderful to never need forgiveness, but sometimes a little understanding can go a long way – it helps if you stop to understand where you’re mind is “stuck”. There will be no understanding if you don’t understand yourself.

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Friday, April 4, 2008

UMass Equestrians

We brought our chairs and got to work on the UMass Equestrian Team. Sports of most types are relatively foreign to me. I can follow along okay when it comes to baseball or basketball but these girls were speaking what seemed to me like a foreign language. Trots and gallops aside, the many types of horses as well as the many things that they are required to have the horses perform are amazing. They make it look as though they telepathically tell the horses when to jump, turn, or even come to a complete stop. I was definitely impressed with how much control these ladies could have over animals five or ten times their size.
Congratulations to them as they are off to California after a big win over the weekend.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

U. Mass. Therapy

I recently teamed up with two other Pioneer Valley massage therapists(Karin O'Brien & Bonnie Lafayette) to do some work with the athletic teams over at UMass. It's a great opportunity to see the varying body compositions from runners to football players. Each has their own set of issues and common problems as well as the not so common. It's a great environment to work in alongside coaches, athletic trainers, and the athletes themselves. The sporting world from a different angle so to speak. The truth is I know little about the sports themselves, but since becoming a massage therapist I have an appreciation of the body that continues to lead me to new discoveries of myself and the patterns that people, athletes or not, are prone to.

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