Thank you Aunt Mabel

Not long ago I had to say goodbye to my Aunt Mabel.  As I talked with the family, there were some qualities she had that we all agreed on and loved about her.  I also want those qualities in me, and therefore in my business.

She was fiercely loyal to her family.  Look, the name is Hatfield (yes, those Hatfields) – so it’s a strong trait.  It’s carried over to me also, so I will do nothing to jeopardize my relationship with my wife, children, and the rest of my family.  I also assume it’s important to you, so I won’t do anything to harm your relationship with your family either.

I have a large and – ahem – interesting family.  There are a wide variety of personalities, to put it mildly.  Regardless of the diverse characters (and I do mean characters) , she loved us all and she made each of us feel special, even when the rest of them weren’t as lovable as me.  Love is a strong word to use in business, so instead I’ll say I care about each of my clients.  I want you to feel like an important person when you walk in the door – because you are.  You will have my attention before, during, and after your appointment, and I will work to relieve whatever the problem you need addressed that day.  I want you to feel good walking out the door, and not just for the sake of good business.

She had this twinkle in her eye, and a smile on her face.  Her life wasn’t always easy.  She lived through the depression and a world war as well as the difficulties, losses, and disappointments that we each deal with.  She had made peace with the past.  That allowed her to enjoy the present and to look to the future with that twinkle in her eye, as if to say something new and good and interesting is coming.  Perhaps I picked up some of my curiosity from her.  I like to keep learning and trying new things and working them in to help my clients more and more.

There’s so much more I could tell you about her, but I’ll stop here.  I hope that when you visit Main Street Massage you will find these valuable traits in me.

I hope you are blessed with an Aunt Mabel in your life.

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

Feeling like an old person

Do you want to feel like an old person?  Most give a thumbs down to that.

But what if the old person feels better, has less stress, moves easier, sleeps better, laughs more, and can handle what comes their way?

After a massage, I always ask how each person how they feel.  Many times they say “I feel like a new person”.  They feel good, their pain is gone or reduced, and they are leaving their stress behind.  They have been cared for and feel at peace.  They came in having forgotten that is how they used to feel before allowing the pain and stress to wear them down.  The new person they feel like is actually an old version of themselves, who feels good.

Have you forgotten how you used to feel?   Do you think you have to live with pain and stress?  While it is true that massage is not magic and can’t solve every problem, it can help turn chronic issues into manageable levels.  Massage can improve most conditions and can help to allow your body to heal itself.  For many, there is a markedly noticeable difference in how a person looks coming in and when they are leaving.  Their tension seems to have just drained away.

Of course, if you want to feel like a grumpy, crotchety, elderly version of yourself, don’t bother to watch what you eat, be inactive, and by all means stay away from massage.  I don’t recommend it, but it’s your choice.

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