More gratitude, less stress

An excellent way to lower your stress is by having gratitude.

How can having gratitude help?  Mainly because it makes us think positively, about what is good in our lives, and sparks a bit of hope for the future.  If we only think negatively, problems begin to look insurmountable and the future looks dreary.

One easy idea is a gratitude journal.  Write something in it every day that you are grateful for.  At the end of the day, or anytime you need it, read just a little.

Another idea is a gratitude jar.  On a slip of paper, write something that you are grateful for.  When you need a boost, reach in and read a few you choose randomly.

What you write should be simple, even a single word.  It’s just for you, so don’t let the idea of writing stop you.  There are no spelling or grammar tests.  It’s stirring that once you begin looking, the more you find to be grateful for.

These serve as wonderful reminders that some things do go right for us in our lives.  Something may be rough at the moment, but when we look back at it months later we find that we overcame it and maybe even grew from it.

Of course be sure to express your gratitude to the people around you.  Tell them in person or use one of the many communication options we have today.  You will brighten their day, which makes them grateful and wanting to pass their gratitude along.

Finally, here are some interesting gratitude quotes:

“You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life.  And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.”

— Sarah Ban Breathnach

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”

— William Arthur Ward

I’ll be working on this myself and will likely return to this topic.

Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio.  Find out more about him, his business, and massage at www.HudsonMassageTherapy.com

Dreaming of a good night’s sleep

Some people look at the cost of massage and hesitate to try it.  Some get massages, but only get one for special events, like a birthday treat.

A problem for many in our society is that they don’t sleep well.  Physical pain prevents them from being comfortable.  They sleep for a while but the pain wakes them up through the night.  For some, the stress in their lives either keeps them up or disrupts their sleep.  They start the day feeling it is another day to try to get through instead of feeling rested and refreshed in the morning.

Massage can help with both physical pain and stress relief.  Many of my clients describe to me how much better they sleep after a massage.  Some come in very tense and fall asleep in minutes on the table.

How long has it been since you had a good night’s sleep?

How much better do you feel in the morning after a good night’s sleep?  How much more do you get done during the day?  How much better do you get along with other people?  What would your day be like if you didn’t wake up with a headache?  Since people feel better, are less tense, are more rested, get more done, and get along better with the world, they continue to sleep well.

For your convenience, I offer evening appointments.  You can come in after work or whatever has kept you busy during your day.  After your massage, you can head home, relax a bit, and get a good, peaceful, restful sleep.

It’s your choice which cost you want to pay: the price of a massage (which comes with benefits for to you enjoy) or the price you pay (what you are missing out on) by not sleeping well.

How much longer are you going to wait for your massage? 

If massage has helped you sleep better, let me know with a comment.

Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio.  Find out more about him, his business, and massage at www.HudsonMassageTherapy.com

A 60 minute vacation

Vacations are great.  You get to get away from everything that keeps you so busy at work and home.  It’s a time to relax and enjoy yourself.  We look forward to them with much anticipation, and they can sometimes help us make it through another day of work because we know it is coming.

It’s a way to escape for a time the situations and circumstances that pile up on us.  When we get back, we often find that those issues are not as big and ugly as they had seemed.  It helps us gain some perspective on our lives.  It’s a way to feel refreshed and have renewed energy.   Life is not all about work and responsibilities, but can and should be enjoyed.

Make massage be your 60 minute vacation from your responsibilities and problems.

It offers many benefits over a vacation trip, including:

* No packing.  Just come as you are.

* No checklist of things to do before you leave.

* No need to buy souvenirs.

* Very little traveling involved.  No long car rides, security checkpoints, keeping track of tickets, toll gates, or sleeping in strange beds.  You’ll have a nice quiet room to yourself, adjusted for your comfort.

* You don’t need to wait for months.  Tell me you need a vacation and I’ll get you in.

* It’s just your vacation.  Tell your family to set up their own vacation time (or set it up for them).  They can survive without you for an hour.

* You don’t need to compromise to keep everybody happy.  I’ll set the temperature, music, and adjust the pressure for what you want.

Get away with a massage.  You may find that you receive all of the wonderful benefits of a vacation trip without the aggravations.

You can also have a 30 or 90 minute vacation, or another time period that you prefer.

Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio.  Find out more about him, his business, and massage at www.HudsonMassageTherapy.com

A better vision for you

My oldest son got married at the beginning of summer.  The photographer was really good.  He has a talent for looking at the surroundings and knowing what would make a good picture.  On some of the shots I wasn’t in, I was observing.  I occasionally wondered why he positioned people the way he did.  When I saw the nice results, I understood.  He saw what I couldn’t at the time.

As a massage therapist, I observe people all the time now, whether they are clients or not.  I look at how people walk, how they sit and try to get comfortable, their posture, and how much they carry around.  I see the wince of pain from their neck or back, how they favor one leg, the stretches they do, and how they rub an area that is bothering them.

For many, I can tell they have an issue that is causing pain or discomfort.  I can also see that what they are doing will eventually cause an issue (like carrying a heavy bag).

Like a good photographer, I have to see what isn’t visible.  I can’t see your muscles, but I know where they should be, how they should be acting, and what they should feel like.

My vision for you is one that doesn’t involve the pain you are living with now.  I can see you walking out after an appointment with a smile.  Your pain is better and you are relaxed and happy.

If somebody has been suggesting that you could benefit from a massage, they likely have the same vision.  They have experienced the results of massage and want you to do the same.  Ask them or me whatever questions you may have and get comfortable with the idea.  It’s just a way to help you feel good and enjoy your life.

Here I am with my two awesome sons.

Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio.  Find out more about him, his business, and massage at www.HudsonMassageTherapy.com

How often should I get a massage?

People ask me how often they should get a massage.  The answer depends on what you wish to accomplish.

If you have a specific physical problem, we will discuss it before starting to work on it so you know what to expect.  Following the initial massage, we will discuss how things feel and how best to follow up.  It may be wise to observe how you feel the next day or two before any further work.  In most situations, it will be fine to return for additional massage within a day or two.  I’ve been able to improve the situation for my clients in one visit, but some issues require multiple appointments to solve the real problem.  The problems I’ve seen have developed over time, and it will take some time to return to normal.

If stress is the major concern in your life, there are no issues with getting as many massages as you need.  You can come in as often as you like.  Stress is very damaging to both your mind and body.  Massage is a great tool to help you manage stress.  How much better would you feel, and how much more could you accomplish, without a constant headache?

If you don’t have a specific problem and generally feel good, monthly (or more often) massages will keep you feeling great.  It prevents small problems from developing into serious issues.  You don’t need a glaring problem to get a massage.

I get a massage at least monthly and more often when I can.  If it is longer than a month between massages, I can definitely notice that I don’t feel as well as I would like.

Due to stress, repetitive actions, travel, and other daily activities, I don’t recommend that you go more than two months, and three at the most, between massages.

If finances are a concern, I have packages available to help you fit it in your budget.  Most of my clients prefer at least a 60 minute massage, but regular 30 minute appointments can address a problem area and provide stress relief also.

Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio.  Find out more about him, his business, and massage at www.HudsonMassageTherapy.com

Massage Insurance

Some people hesitate to get a massage since it’s not covered by insurance.

Have no fear; Main Street Massage has a solution for you.

I am happy to announce a new massage insurance policy.  In the event of stress or muscle pain, you are eligible for a massage.  The claims department will provide an immediate review and approve your claim if you are qualified.  There’s nothing to mail and no paperwork except the initial application.

Your rates will vary depending on how many massages you need and the length of the appointments.  You can conveniently pay your policy premium when you come in for your appointment.  No hassle billing!

There are also no deductibles or co-pays.  But if you prefer a free premium, your co-pay or deductible can be set up to cover the appointment cost.  After your co-pay, your massage can be free!

Not everything you do for your health is covered by insurance.  Vitamins and pain relievers are among the items commonly used but not usually covered.  Does that stop you from using them?  Do you keep bleeding because a bandage is not paid for by your insurance?  Do you sneeze your fool head off if allergy pills are not covered?

There’s no fine print.  I don’t like fine print.  I usually have a hard time reading it.

Main Street Massage is pleased to provide solutions to allow you to get the massages you need.  Come in and apply and let’s get started right away.

*Offer void in places where it could get me into trouble.

Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio.  Find out more about him, his business, and massage at www.HudsonMassageTherapy.com

Massage – can it help me?

If you are not familiar with massage you may be wondering if it is for you.  I believe it can be if you fit in one of these categories.

* People who use their bodies for work.  Are you on your feet a lot?  Do you do much lifting?  Do you do repetitive motions?  Doing the same thing daily for many months or years will have an effect on your body.  Some muscles will get overused and others will be underused, leading to muscle imbalance.  Massage can relieve those pains to help you feel better.

* People who are active.  Do you exercise a lot?  It doesn’t have to be a sport – it can be yard work or keeping up with your kids.  Massage can help your body to recover and keep you from slowing down.

* People who are not active.  Are you stuck at your desk, in meetings, or traveling a lot?  Muscles can get stiff and tight from not using them.  Massage can help you get those muscles loose and limber again.

* People with stress.  Everybody has some stress, but an excessive amount is bad for your body and mind.  I can massage the stress out, capture it in the sheets, and not let it follow you out the door.

* People who need to take care of themselves.  Do you have your hands full taking care of family, work, or other responsibilities?  Massage can provide a brief peace to remind yourself that you can handle what needs done.  It’s a time when you allow somebody else to take care of you for a while.

If one of these describes you, then massage can help.  I hear so often from individuals after their first massage that they are convinced and will be back.  They usually regret not having tried it before.  If you have questions, do some research and talk to some friends who have had massages, ask me whatever you are wondering about, and then give it a try.  I’ve never had anybody leave regretting they came in.

Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio.  Find out more about him, his business, and massage at www.HudsonMassageTherapy.com

Side effects

I’ve been noticing the ads on television and in print about various medicines.  They discuss their benefits and tell you why you should use them.  Then they zip through quite a few possible side effects.  It can make you think that you would rather deal with the problem you have than to add some new problem (which can be helped with another drug, which has other side effects, and … you get the picture).

Massage can’t fix everything, but it can help a number of things.  It’s a great way to prevent minor problems from growing into major ones.  Stress takes a major toll on your mind and body.  It prevents your body from operating the way it should and sucks the joy from your life.  Pain can cause you to compensate for it and adjust your activities, leading to problems in other muscles.  The tight neck you get can lead to headaches, shoulder pain and back pain.

Massage is all natural.  It’s been done for thousands of years.  I’ll just use some lotion (unscented) to prevent too much friction on your skin.  By reducing the stress and pain, your body can begin healing itself.

Massage does have side effects, but they are all positive.  Among them you will experience pain relief, stress relief, a good night’s sleep, and a boost to your immune system.

It feels so much better than swallowing a pill, getting a shot, or having an avoidable procedure performed.  You may find yourself a happier person, which is a great side effect.

Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio.  Find out more about him, his business, and massage at www.HudsonMassageTherapy.com

60 minutes means 60 minutes

The most common appointment time my clients choose is a 60 minute session.

When you schedule a 60 minute appointment, you will get a 60 minute massage.

It seems obvious, but some places give you 50 minutes or less.  Your 60 minutes includes your time talking to the therapist, getting on and off the table and out the massage room door.

I believe you should get your moneys worth.  Some places may offer lower prices, but you may not receive the same amount of work that you think you will be getting.  You made an appointment because there was a need.  Make sure you understand what you will get for your money.

To me you are an important person that I want to help.  You are not my 2:00 appointment.

The only exception concerning time is if you arrive late.  I understand that your time is valuable, so I’ll be ready for you when you arrive.  My time is also valuable, as is the client who is coming in after you.  I leave some time open between appointments, but if you arrive significantly late, your appointment may have to be cut short and end at the scheduled time.  I’m sure you would not want to wait for your appointment because another person was late.

I also offer 30 and 90 minute appointments.

A 30 minute appointment is great for focusing on one problem area.  It can help relieve pain and it’s enough time for you to relax also.

90 minute appointments are great for a more thorough massage.  Your problem area will be addressed without taking time away from a full massage.  Some people take a little longer to fully relax, so this is ideal to get you where you want to be.

Since it’s my business, I have the flexibility to work with you to find the right fit.  Need just 20 minutes on your neck?  Want a massage length of your favorite number?  Do you only do things in odd number increments? I can do that.

Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio.  Find out more about him, his business, and massage at www.HudsonMassageTherapy.com

Speak up

Before starting your massage, I’ll tell you that I’ll ask how the pressure feels and that you are free to comment any time about it even if I haven’t asked.  My simple request is for you to tell me the truth.

I try to use the right amount of pressure depending on what I am feeling, but it is your body, so you know how it feels.  You can let me know if something feels fabulous or if I have found just the right spot.

Some people have had unsatisfactory experiences with massage at other places.  Most commonly I hear that the pressure was too light and some say it was too much.  I want to use the pressure that feels right to you.  I know that you have been looking forward to this massage.  I don’t want you counting down the minutes until it is over.

I’ll pay attention to the clues you give about how things feel also.  If you are clenching your jaw or your fists, or are trying to strangle me, I’ll get a hint that something is not just right.

Related to pressure, there are some areas of your body and some situations that for your safety I may not use all of the pressure you would like.  I want to make things better, not worse for you.  Also, some areas of the body have layers of muscles.  To work on the deeper layers, the top ones must be warmed up and loosened first before I can get to the deeper muscles.

I have found that some people are hesitant to say anything about any changes.  A few apologetically ask if I can turn up the table warmer.  I start with it set in the middle so it can go up or down.  I doesn’t matter to me at all what it is set on; it’s for your comfort.

Speak up for what you want.  I want everything about your massage to be excellent.  I’ll make some notes so when you come again, I will be reminded what you prefer.  I won’t be insulted.

Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio.  Find out more about him, his business, and massage at www.HudsonMassageTherapy.com