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Friday, May 16, 2008

The transitive property of laundry

I have to admit that laundry is definitely not one of the perks of being a massage therapist. Wash - Dry - Fold - repeat. Occasionally, I splurge and have the laundromat do the works, it's really nice and I have to admit I think they make folding an artform. This, as many complaints, is one of those that is equally positive and negative. More laundry means more sessions and more sessions mean more money - so more laundry means more money. I don't like this fact but it holds - algebra says so.

It makes me wonder how many things have this dual negative and positive in life. Can everything be looked at in this way?


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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

summers off

It was time to say goodbye to the Maroon Platoon for the summer. Here's hoping that they are all well, and off to great summer experiences. It was great to work with the athletic trainers and students. They are all amazing and truly inspiring. I can't wait to see them again in the fall.


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Monday, May 12, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands? ~Milton Berle


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Sunday, May 11, 2008

M is for

ME time! Many mother's feel pulled in several directions. At-home Moms, working moms, single moms, they all have similar fears and worries. It can be difficult to allay fears and worries, and most often a mother's biggest struggle is taking care of herself. It's easy to put everyone ahead of yourself, however, it is also very draining. There is no magic cure - the cure is to be attentive to mom, just as you are to the rest of your family. Stop and listen. These may be words that any mom finds herself saying over and over. Is it do as I say not as I do? Take time to check in with yourself. It can also be very valuable to communicate with your family what it is you are doing. While moms can be tempted to keep the schedule full to the brim for whatever reason. Many studies show that kids want and even need quality time. It's fine to do nothing, have a family nap time. Watch clouds together. Quiet or stillness contests can yield great results for everyone involved. Make it a habit, start small, and the rewards will pour in.


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Friday, May 9, 2008

Speaking Publicly

I am a member of a networking organization, one that actually covers the globe. Weekly we get together and have a meeting to discuss our respective businesses and one member, presents something about their business for ten minutes. Originally, I was under the impression that my presentation would happen next week, I stood corrected. I had prepared in my head but had nothing on paper. Now, these are twenty people that I'm fairly familiar with, and whether that makes it easier or more difficult is a point of debate.

However, I think the key for me was knowing my subject. I make an effort to educate myself on massage and also be attentive to what questions people have - they are limitless and range from serious to hilarious, however, there is no such thing as a bad or even silly question. Especially, when it concerns your body, have you seen Doctor Oz?, people have questions and they are all good questions, and surpising or not many people have similar questions but are often afraid to ask.


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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

The 60/hr. myth. - For aspiring MTs

I know many MTs that enter the profession with the hyped up "You can make sixty dollars an hour as a massage therapist!" That's exciting I know, however, the reality is that it takes some time and also their are costs involved in getting that sixty dollars. When you have your own business their will be costs. When you work for someone else they will not pay you the full amount that the client pays - they have costs too. The other side is that in this profession it is physically impossible to do 40 hours of massage consistently. I imagine the body could take it for a few weeks or so, after that, good luck using your arms or hands for anything. The work is physical labor in the utmost form.
The massage schools - even my alma mater - throw the number out because it sounds exciting. It is, who could deny that. However, the business of massage is not as simple as hanging a sign or simply telling friends who tell friends or even working at a spa or in a salon. Like anything, you have to work for your money. It is a rewarding field don't get me wrong. The money should not be your only drive - again true with anything - you have to be willing to put some effort in.
If you look deeper into the statistics the average massage therapist "salary" is a little over 32,000 per year. This works out to about 10 hours per week - which is pretty good by some standards. There will be great weeks and there will be terrible weeks. I'm sure I will post more on this at a later date as whenever I hear that a school is selling themselves with the "60 dollar per hour myth" It really gets under my skin - hahaha. Another statistic - 80 percent of MTs leave the field after two years or less. (note: this is proof that the sales pitch works)


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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Yoga-riffic

I had such a great yoga class today. I'd love to pinpoint exactly what made it feel so great. I think for the most part I was pretty open. I actually started the class with pretty low expectations. My practice has been in the background of my life lately. This class though, everything felt so great. I had my moments sure, but my backbends and just the feeling that every pose brought on was absolutely fantastic. I wanted the class to keep going. It's funny that sometimes even when you expect less of yourself your body can surprise you in the end.


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Sunday, May 4, 2008

the price of success

I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.


-Frank Lloyd Wright


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Saturday, May 3, 2008

Noho PRIDE

I participated as a vendor at Noho Pride this year. It was cold and overcast. I didn't really do much vending but I did get to hang out with my colleague's daughter and also catch up with friends and other colleagues from the area. The drum circle was really great and there were some great dogs around - the people were pretty great too.
My friend Alex is part of Generation Q - he was even in the paper on Sunday. A good time was had, maybe next year the sun will come out again.


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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Missing Yoga

I played hookie today. It's not for something that I get paid for or even something I have to do. However, it is something that my body loves. I typically take many yoga classes per week on top of my home practice. I really get a lot from my practice, however, the time away seemed to serve me well too. Sometimes inaction is a powerful action in itself. We often hear how the greatest athletes use visualization to strengthen their game - it works, in all aspects of life I imagine. Taking the time to visualize and play with situations using the mind is very useful for conversations, situations of all types, and any activity. Try it out.


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