Benefits of a 60 minute massage

Massages are usually scheduled in blocks of time.  A 60 minute massage has its own benefits, which are discussed in the following post.

The Benefits of a 60 minute massage

An hour out of your day can make a big difference in your life.  It can give you pain relief and lower your stress so you can be more productive and better able to deal with what life brings to you next.

Barry is a licensed massage therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson Ohio.  You can learn more at www.Hudson.MassageTherapy.com

Who I am afraid of

There is somebody who I am afraid of.  It’s probably not who you may think of at first.

It’s not a monster like a werewolf, or a person out to do me harm, although like most people who work on their own I have to be aware of my surroundings and look out for my safety.  I don’t think about those things much.  I do think quite a bit about the scariest person – the customer who doesn’t come back.

I want everything about your time with me and in my office to be outstanding.  I want you to feel great from the massage work you receive.  I want you to feel safe at all times and confident in my qualifications.  I want you to know you are an important person to me, that I care about you, and that I will give you my full attention while you are here.  I want you to come back because life events will make your muscles hurt and cause you stress and I know how much relief massage provides.

If there is something – anything – that you don’t like about your massage, I want to know.  If it is during your massage speak up and I will make adjustments.  I can adjust the pressure or temperature or music or draping as much as I can.  It doesn’t matter to me what the temperature is, and I know each person has their own comfort zone.

I get massages too.  I know what it is like to be on the table.  I really look forward to my massages and want to feel great when it is done.  I know that you are coming in with pain and stress and you want to leave without them.  I don’t want to do anything to add more to what you have.

If you tell me not to massage some area, then I won’t.  Obviously private areas are off limits to me. If you don’t want your feet touched, just let me know and I will respect your wishes.  We will talk before starting about what you want today, and I will adjust the massage accordingly.  Do you want extra time on your back or neck?  That’s fine – just let me know and I’ll do it.

If there is something you don’t like about your massage, chances are good that somebody else feels the same way.  If you don’t say anything, I may not  know a change is needed.  If you don’t let your me know your preferences, you will get the same disappointing results.

If there was something unsatisfactory with my service to you, I want to know so I can improve it.

I respect your privacy.  Although I am used to seeing and touching bodies, this may be a new or uncommon experience for you to have a different person touching you.  I want you to be relaxed, so wear whatever you want during your massage.

Many businesses fail because they don’t listen to their customers.  I want to know what you think.  When I ask how things are, don’t say “OK” or “fine” or “good” if they are not.  Nobody has hurt my feelings yet, and I don’t think you will be the first.

Barry is a licensed massage therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson Ohio.  You can learn more at www.Hudson.MassageTherapy.com

 

 

Benefits of a 30 minute massage

Massages are usually scheduled in blocks of time.  A 30 minute massage has its own benefits, which are discussed in the following post.

The Benefits of a 30 minute massage

If you want to discover what massage can do for you, start with a 30 minute massage.  If you get massages but would like to try them regularly, start with 30 minutes and find out how helpful they are.

Barry is a licensed massage therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson Ohio.  You can learn more at www.Hudson.MassageTherapy.com

Massage and attractiveness

Let’s say you have some pain that you would rather not have any longer.  Maybe you need some relief from the stress that is weighing on you.  Perhaps you are having a lot of headaches or are not sleeping well.  It happens to just about everybody.

I’ll schedule a massage!” you think.

But before you make the call, other thoughts creep in.  “I should wait until I lose some weight or get in better shape”  or something else along those lines.  So you wait and live with the pain and stress and headaches and you just don’t feel good.

To that I say “Nonsense!” with a capital “NON”.

I don’t care how you look.  I will observe and ask questions about your body, but not make a judgment about it.  I don’t care if you need a haircut or didn’t shave your legs or what your weight is or how attractive you are.  What I want is to help you feel better when you walk out than when you came it.  This is my business.  I’m not here for a date, a wife (already have one), or anything else except to help you.  I won’t talk about you to other clients.

If massage were only for the most attractive people, most massage therapists would go out of business quickly.  My business could not survive if my only market were models, cheerleaders, athletes, and actors.

Even worse, I would not qualify and could not get a massage either.

Massage is for everybody and every body. Don’t let how you look be a factor in getting a massage.

If you are active, it helps you keep going with what you want to do. It also helps if you sit at a desk or in a vehicle, or can’t be as active as you would like.  Muscles are affected by both overuse and under use.  Stress builds up even on those who seem not to have a care.

If you are putting off getting a massage because of what you think I may think of you, stop.  I want you to feel better in the body you have today.

Make the call.

Barry is a licensed massage therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson Ohio.  You can learn more at www.Hudson.MassageTherapy.com

Take 30 minutes

Recently I was given some good advice.  Actually it wasn’t anything new – it was something I have told to people and have used myself also.

I had something I wanted to do but I was having a hard time getting started.  When I looked at everything there was to do, it looked a bit intimidating and overwhelming.  It was something I had an interest in starting and I thought it would be very beneficial to me once it was in place.  The problem was I would work just a little at it but didn’t get very far.

The advice was so simple.  They told me to just set aside 30 minutes to work on it.  I could stop there and I would have made some progress.  The accumulated 30 minute blocks will eventually add up and I will get to where I want to be.  Of course I could keep going after the 30 minutes were up if I wanted to.  I do that  sometimes since I realize the task isn’t really all that hard.

I used that advice immediately and made some nice headway right away.  It helped me to see that I could do what I wanted and it gave me a nice boost to my enthusiasm for the project.  It left me with a good feeling when the time was up and I was looking forward to the next 30 minute block.

I hope you can use this idea on an endeavor you have been thinking about.  It’s also helped me recently around my house.  I’m cleaning up, clearing out what I don’t need, and reducing clutter.  I’m working on one area at a time.  I’ve made progress and it doesn’t seem like such a big job when I think I’m just cleaning off my desk or my coat closet.

A big part of the success I will achieve will be setting aside those 30 minute blocks.  If they are only done sporadically, I won’t get far and it will take much longer to finish.  However if I consistently schedule them I will be successful.

That story leads to this – are you setting aside and consistently scheduling time to take care of yourself?  Can you look in the mirror at the end of the month and honestly tell yourself that you didn’t have 30 minutes for a massage?  It’s true that you can feel better with a longer massage, but even a 30 minute massage can help you with pain or discomfort you have been dealing with.  It also is enough time to relax and experience relief from the stress that has been weighing you down.  You will find relief and start feeling better by getting massages consistently.

Look at your calendar and make an appointment.  You have to make it happen, not wait for free time.  I’ll be ready for you when it is time to start and I won’t keep you waiting after it is over, so you can get back to your life.  Make at least 30 minutes this month for yourself and begin to feel better.

Barry is a licensed massage therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson Ohio.  You can learn more at www.Hudson.MassageTherapy.com

Four ways to keep stress away

Even it you’ve kicked stress out, it’s always looking for an opportunity to come back.  Sometimes it’s obvious, like an illness or scrambling to finish a project or getting your taxes done at the last minute.  Many times it’s very subtle, with just a little thing here or there and before you realize it, stress has unpacked its bags and has made itself at home.  It then commences to kink up your neck, keep you awake, disrupt your concentration, and in general make you miserable.

Toss out stress along with those leftovers you can’t identify anymore.  Here are four quick ways to keep stress at bay.

Meditate

Meditation does not have to be about turning your body into a pretzel, chanting, and reaching enlightenment.  It can simply be about creating a moment of stillness in your mind as a way to become more relaxed.  Just one minute, 60 seconds of meditation, can dramatically improve your mood, your productivity and the quality of your day.  Take a minute to do some deep breathing and observe how your mind slows down and things seem a little less urgent and more manageable.

Exercise

It can be tough to make time for exercise when the schedule fills up and tensions get high.  But that’s when it becomes even more important and helps the most. Exercise can relieve the physical symptoms of stress like fatigue, pain, and moodiness as well as giving you an energy boost.  If you can’t make time for daily workouts, try to fit a 5-10 minute walk outside into some part of your day.  A little goes a long way when you need it.

Laughter and Music

Both laughter and music can lower the blood pressure.  In fact, this study in 2011 showed that 3 months of laughter or music therapy resulted in the same drop in blood pressure that could be achieved with a low-salt diet, losing 10 pounds, or taking a blood-pressure-lowering medication.

So cue up the “Who’s on first?” or dance around with your kids while making dinner and work some giggling and humming into your day.

Massage

I’m sure you saw this one coming, but it is true.  Regular massage can improve sleep, relieve headaches, reduce muscle pain, and improve your mood.  Plus, massage feels good.  When you feel good, you play more, laugh more, work more efficiently, and take better care of the people you love.  Schedule a massage now and send stress packing.

Commit to taking care of yourself!  You may be surprised with the results.

www.Hudson.MassageTherapy.com

 

Why go to the same massage therapist?

I’m always telling you to get massages and providing you reasons why you should.  For those same reasons and the benefits it provides, I get massages too.  I really look forward to them and make sure if at all possible that nothing will get  in the way.  They are an important part of my self-care.  I get an additional benefit  in that I sometimes learn a new technique that I can include in my work to make your massage even better, and it helps remind me of how things feel while receiving a massage instead of giving one.

I get massages from a few people.  All of them are good, but I have one person I like the best.  I believe that the same things that help me get the most out of my massage by working with the same person will also help you.

My massage therapist knows me and my body.  I am far from perfect, but she accepts me and helps me feel better.  Massage has helped me feel better about my body by giving me a positive experience and remembering it can feel good.  By knowing I will be accepted and not judged, I am less self-conscious about my imperfections now.  She knows what needs work and what produces the best results for me.  Since she doesn’t see me daily, she can observe changes and potential problems that I haven’t noticed.

Since we have worked together for a while, we have better communication.  I can explain what issues I am having and what needs attention this time.  I can do this comfortably, knowing that she will take what I say professionally and know that it is intended appropriately.  I can speak up during the massage and let her know if I would like something to change (such as the pressure or the temperature), or let her know what she is doing feels great.  We can have a friendly chat during the massage, we can talk about something serious, or it can be quiet, and we are both fine with whatever amount of conversation occurs that time.  The amount of conversation during your massage is always up to you.

I also know what to expect during the massage.  This allows me to relax quickly and thoroughly.  I know that I am in good hands and that I will feel much better when it is over.  There is not a guessing game of wondering what will happen next, or if she is going to address my needs that we talked about before starting.

Much of this boils down to that we have developed trust.  We both know what to expect from each other.  A great massage requires great communication.  To fully relax, you need to have enough trust to let your guard down, which can make you feel a bit vulnerable.  Opening that gate can let out some of what is trapped inside and allow other good things in.  You can leave behind the negatives that you have been carrying around and become open to more positives.  You may be surprised at the peace that you can experience.

If you have been bouncing around among massage therapists, whether in a spa or chain environment, or purchasing daily deals, you may be missing out on the benefits you can realize.  Work with the same massage therapist and see if you can get greater results by developing trust with them.  I believe that is a major factor in much of the results I have helped my customers reach.

www.Hudson.MassageTherapy.com

4 ways to improve your sleep

A good night’s sleep is very beneficial, allowing your mind and body to relax and get the rest they both need.  It allows you to get your day off to a good start, with energy and enthusiasm instead of dragging yourself off to your activity pumped full of caffeine.  Unfortunately many people have occasional problems sleeping, and some have issues that are longer-term.

Sleep issues aren’t just a seasonal problem, such as changing clocks ahead or back, or how much light there is at beginning or end of the day. It’s estimated that over 60 million Americans suffer from short-term (a few days or weeks) or long-term (more than a month) insomnia.  Most cases of chronic insomnia are secondary, which means they are the symptom or side effect of some other problem.

You have likely heard the standard tips to help you sleep, such as avoiding caffeine, using room-darkening shades, and going to bed at the same time every night.  Here are a few other helpful ideas that aren’t as well known.

Nap properly

Taking a nap during the day can be great for productivity and fabulous for health, but you’ve got to do it right.  Aim to nap for 20 to 25 minutes.  Nap longer than that and you’ll feel groggy when you wake up and you risk not being able to fall asleep when it’s bedtime.

Consider the temperature.

Take a warm (not hot) shower or bath about an hour before bedtime, and keep your room cool at night. The drop in body temperature signals your body to calm so you’ll fall asleep faster and sleep more deeply.

Turn off the electronics.

This is probably the most important and the least followed piece of advice.

Get an old fashioned alarm clock so you don’t need to use your phone. Turn off your phone, tablet, laptop, or whatever you’ve got, and put the devices in another room. Yes, a whole other room. You may think that a phone on silent, hanging out on your nightstand, won’t disturb your rest, but it will.  Just knowing it’s there puts your body on alert.  It’s far too tempting to reach over and ‘just check a few emails’ if you do wake up in the middle of the night.  Save yourself and break this habit.

Get a massage

Oh, yeah!  Massage can help with sleep issues. There have been several studies demonstrating how effective massage is in people with sleep problems, especially when treating secondary issues that may impair sleep, like back pain, pregnancy and migraines.

Make an appointment and get ready for a better night’s sleep.

www.Hudson.MassageTherapy.com

Lighten up on yourself

I know something about you.

You’re not perfect.

All around us we are shown images in advertising and media of how we should really be.  We are to be in fantastic shape, marvelous health, stunningly attractive, with no physical flaws from head to toe.  Great hair, white and straight teeth, never having bad breath, and on and on.  We are to be successful, making loads of money, and have all the latest in fashion, electronic and technological gear, and on the right track to realize all of our dreams.

How are you supposed to feel when you look in the mirror are don’t see this fictional ideal looking back?

The messages we get are mixed though.  How can we be in great shape and health if we are eating the all the donuts, fast food, snacks, and drinking soda and alcohol that are being advertised?  How can we be financially set while spending our money on all of this must-have stuff?

Nobody is perfect.  Think of the people you care about.  Are you surrounded by perfect friends and family?  No – but you love them anyway.  Think about a fictional character that you admire, maybe from a book or a movie.  The ones you can relate to the best have some flaw.  Some have multiple flaws, and some have big ones.  By seeing them overcome their flaw or just deal with it and still succeed can give you hope and motivation to keep on going with whatever you are struggling with.

If there is some imperfection of yours that is bothering you, consider a couple of things.  First, you have people who care about you anyway.  Second, there may be something you can do about it.  Some physical things you can change, others you can’t.  Almost all personality traits can be improved on – you are not stuck with being impatient because your parents were.  That is a learned skill that you can improve over time.  People have made amazing changes as they learn new skills and techniques to replace one way of thinking with a new way.  Remember that important changes take time and effort, and keep in mind how rewarded you will be when you achieve the change you desire.

Massage helps with body image.  It gives you a positive experience with the body you have now and can help remind you that you can feel good in your body.  It also helps give your mind a break and you can walk out with a different, better perspective of the issues you face.  Those issues may not seem quite so big and scary as they did before.  Are you facing an obstacle or is it a stepping stone to greater things?  A change in your outlook can affect your life in a wonderful way.

So I know you are not perfect.  Neither am I.  Give yourself a break and lighten up on yourself.  You may find much more joy, peace, and love in life when you feel better about yourself.

www.Hudson.MassageTherapy.com

Should you feel guilty getting a massage?

Sometimes when I am talking to a client and discussing how long it has been since their last massage, or when they want to set up their next one, they hesitate before responding.  They tell me that they feel guilty about getting their massage.  It’s not because anything inappropriate happens during their appointment, or that massage itself is a bad thing.  They are people who give of themselves a lot and feel like they could be using this time and money to be doing something for somebody else.

Guilt implies that something wrong has been done.  Perhaps, but not necessarily, something illegal or unethical.  People feel guilty when they believe they have done something that they knew they shouldn’t have.

Massage helps you to be unburdened from stress you have been dealing with.  It helps to relieve the physical pain brought on by stress, overuse of muscles, an injury or a medical condition.  The clamp around your head is loosened and your headache goes away.  You are able to turn your neck or bend your back without screeching pain.  Your mind gets a break and you get a new outlook on the issues you are facing, and solutions come a little easier.

Is there something wrong with any of that?

The people who discuss the idea of feeling guilty are usually those who are caring for others.  They are caring for family members, such as their children or a parent.  Some are helping a friend, a cause, or an organization make it through a difficult time or a big project.

If you are caring for somebody else much is being asked of you.  You are doing a lot of giving.  You can only give so much without the source being replenished.  Make the time to get yourself taken care of.  When you are well you will be able to continue with the care you are providing.  The quality of your care, and your life, will greatly improve.  You may find yourself with increased energy or have more patience and tolerance when you feel good and are not worn down.

Airlines instruct their passengers that in case of an emergency to put their own oxygen mask on first, then to care for others.  It is good and beneficial to take care of yourself.  It doesn’t mean you are selfish, but it lets you recharge and restock your reserves to continue to assist those you care about.  The people you are helping know you occasionally need some time to yourself, so enjoy your massage free from guilt.

www.Hudson.MassageTherapy.com

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