My massage goes by too fast

People love their massages, but bemoan that their time just went by too quickly.  Never fear – you can get a great massage while feeling like time is  hardly moving at Main Street Massage.

Let’s get started!

First, make yourself uncomfortable on our special sandpaper lined sheets.  Every move you make will be an adventure.   You’ll need to be extra careful turning over.  I’ll toss in some gravel and maybe something slimy also.

Another important element for massage is sound.  You can choose from our notable teeth-clenching collection:

* Howling Banshees

* Colicky baby

* Faceoff:  Jackhammers vs. Chainsaws

* Soundtrack from Calculus! – The Musical

* If you need the time to go by really slowly – and this is not for the faint of heart – political commercials.

I’ll set the temperature to an invigorating 40 degrees or so, and will keep a bowl of ice water close by to dip my hands in if they happen to start warming up.

The room will be very dry and I’ll shuffle my feel a lot to give you a stimulating static shock when you need it.

The table will be set up with one side higher than the other so you feel like you may slide off.  To offset the hold of the sandpaper I’ll oil up the sides of the table to keep you from getting a good grip.

Aromatherapy is also very important.  Among the options are:

* Hint of skunk

* Freshly scraped road kill

* Dude, don’t step in that

Any or all of these are guaranteed to make your massage feel like it went so much slowly than usual.  Of course, if you prefer, we can just do a regular massage without any of these extras.  It’s up to you.

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

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Get a massage you should

How do you think that renowned Jedi master Yoda lived to be 900?  By taking care of himself, including massage, of course.  Let’s channel our inner Yoda and consider some of his sayings.

Why get a massage?  Sleep better you will.  Less pain you will have.  Reduced your stress will be. Feel like yourself again you will.

Pain and stress are important to be kept under control.  Stress is the path to the dark side.  Stress leads to pain.  Pain leads to headaches.  Headaches lead to the dark side.

Evaluate your conditions I will by what you tell me and how it feels to me.  Then use the force I will.  But not too much.  Hurt you I will not.

Important it is to breathe, relax and enjoy the moment.  Don’t be like Luke, about whom Yoda observed “This one a long time have I watched.  All his life has he looked away… to the future, to the horizon.  Never his mind on where he was.  Hmm?  What he was doing.”

If you are thinking that you will try to make an appointment soon, remember – “Try not.  Do or do not.  There is no try”.

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

An interview with my massage table

If you are getting tired of hearing me blab on and on, you are in luck.  Today we have a special guest interview with my massage table.

Where do you work?

I work in the massage room for Main Street Massage in Hudson.  It’s a great place to work.  It’s really quiet and warm, with relaxing music and soft lights. I provide a comfortable place for people to relax so they can get their massage.

Tell us a little about yourself

I’m really strong!  People can rest on me for their massage with confidence that I will hold them up safely and securely.  My legs are adjustable to make my height higher or lower.  That can make a big difference in how effective your massage is.

Do you have any special features?

Along with my regular cushioning, I have another layer of padding to make people even more comfortable.  I also have a warmer just under the sheets.  People love that in the cold winter months.  It lets them relax quickly since they are cozy and warm from the start.  The warmer is adjustable so each person can have the heat setting where they want it.

Do you like your job?

I love my job!

What’s so great about it?

I love having a part in helping people feel better.  Although I don’t do the work, I’m important.  I like when people come in and I can give them a place to take a break for a while.  People can escape and completely relax on me.  I like it when people feel so good that they fall asleep during their massage.  I like how people make themselves comfortable in the face cradle so they are supported and can get what they need.

When people get up after their massage, they feel so much lighter than when they came in.  It seems like they are leaving some of their problems behind.  I like noticing how they can get up and move easier when it is over.  Their posture looks better and they sometimes seem taller also.

Are there any dislikes?

I get concerned when people go too long between appointments.  I want them to get the pain relief and stress relief that they need.  I’ve seen so many people helped that I don’t want them to live with unnecessary pain or stress.

Thank you for your time.

You’re welcome.  I’m here to serve.

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

Presidential quotes on massage

We look to our leaders for words of wisdom and advice.  Have you ever wondered what some of our Presidents have thought about massage?

Here are some inspiring, lesser known quotes from our leaders:

“Speak softly, I’m getting my massage”

T. Roosevelt

“We have nothing to fear but missing our massage appointment time”

F. Roosevelt

“Ask not what you country can do for you, but what you can do for your country after you get a massage”

J. Kennedy

“The stress stops here”

H. Truman

“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall. And get a massage – you look really stressed”

R. Reagan

“Four score and seven days is too long between massages”

A. Lincoln

“Never put off your massage until tomorrow if you can get it today.”

T. Jefferson

I’m pretty sure these are probably mostly accurate quotations.  Come in and get the presidential treatment!  You can quote me on 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

Massage daily deal problems – Part 2

Those massage daily deals look so good.  Get a massage and save loads of money too.  Part 1 looked at some problems buyers of these deals have had.  You can read it here.  Not all people and business have problems and the deal works out well for some.  There are quite a few that do run into the issues that are discussed in these two posts.

In the gripping conclusion, let us continue our examination of why your deal isn’t as great as you thought.

If your deal was for an hour massage, do you get an hour?   For some your massage time is not an hour – the clock started ticking when you started talking to your therapist, before you are even on the table.  Some deals are less than an hour, like 45 or 50 minutes.  It says in the deal details (you did read the details, right?).  The deal price is lower but you also got less time.

Is there time to talk to therapist for what you need?  If you have neck or back pain, do you want just the standard massage or do you want it customized for your issue?  Some places are so booked up with these deals there is no time for anything out of the ordinary.  Do you want your massage to be ordinary or great?

Who will your therapist be?  Do you have a choice?  Will it be somebody right out of school or inexperienced?  Are they properly licensed?  Even if it’s a business that has a therapist you like working with, you may not get them.  It simply is not productive if you don’t get what you need out of the appointment.

There is much to be gained by you and your therapist knowing each other.  By working with the same person, they will get to know your problem areas, preferences in temperature, pressure, music, and conversation during the massage.  Massage is your time to get what you need so you can walk out feeling great.  If you are not listened to or you don’t feel cared for, I don’t think that is a good deal.

If you are considering a daily deal, check out at least a little about the company before buying.  What is their reputation like?  What kind of reviews do they have?  Do they appear professional looking with their website and social media presence?  You didn’t just see the deal and click buy, did you?

If you had an unsatisfactory experience with a massage daily deal, please don’t let that stop you from trying massage again.  The daily deal experience is not usually the way most places operate.  Do some research and find a business and therapist you are confident in and feel comfortable with.  Massage can be a great way to manage pain and stress.  There are great people and companies who want to help you.

You might buy a daily deal and have a wonderful experience with no problems at all.  If so, congratulations, and please continue to support them since they treated you right.  However, many find they didn’t get much of a deal, and they would have been much better off paying regular price with their favorite business and therapist.

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 daily deal problems – Part 1

You see the daily deals from Groupon, Living Social, and others and they look so tempting.  A massage at half price or less!  Who wouldn’t want that?  Massage is great and saving money is great.  Could there be anything wrong in this picture?

It’s always important to remember – You get what you pay for.

Some customers have no problems and enjoy a good experience.  However, many daily deal buyers have had the complaints or problems like the ones discussed here.

You may not be able to get in when you want.  Often a business sells so many deals that the available times fill up and you may have to rearrange your schedule to fit it in.  Many buyers wait until near the deadline to schedule and are surprised to find there are few or no open appointments.  Sound relaxing?

How about are paying somebody to not massage you?  Many deals go unused, partly because of scheduling, and some people forget.  Now you have paid for something you didn’t get – that’s not a good deal.

Did you read all the rules?  Maybe you wanted a couples massage – but that wasn’t included.  Some restrict the days and times you can use it.  Did you want a deep tissue massage but the deal is for relaxation only?  You may get a good massage, but you may not be satisfied since you didn’t get what you really wanted.

If the deal is with a bigger business, the employer agrees to the deal and the employed therapists are stuck working for very low pay.  Massage is hard work and I put a lot into each one.  Some employees begin to lack motivation for clients who they will probably not see again.

Does the business treat you right and care if you come back?  Some businesses have had poor experiences with daily deal customers and may do only the minimum on their part.  It’s not a good situation for either the customer or the business.  You may have done nothing wrong but don’t get treated well.

Are extra things pushed on you?  Some try to make up for the lost revenue by trying to get you to buy add-ons for your appointment, memberships, package plans, or retail products.  It’s hardly relaxing to fight off sales pitches while you are there for a massage.

Click here for the riveting conclusion!

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

Lower your stress with writing

A good way to lower your stress is by writing.  I’m not talking about writing a book, an article, a blog, or even a complete sentence.  This writing is not for the public.  It’s just for you.

You can use any method you like.  You can write on paper, in the sand, or electronically.  If you use an electronic method, I suggest doing this in a document and not an email.  I’ve read of cases where somebody has angrily vented and clicked “send” accidentally.  That can have disastrous consequences.

So what should you write about?

Write about the thing that is causing you stress.  It can help to get it off your chest and out of you mind.

Benefits of making the issue visible

It makes it easier to face.  Solutions or options available for you may appear unexpectedly.

A fear that is faced is often not as scary as you once thought.  Fear, like a bully, will retreat when faced directly and action is taken.

It helps to identify exactly what the issue is that is causing you stress.  It’s hard to win a battle against an unknown opponent.

There may be some things that you may not be able to say out loud to the person involved (such as a boss or family member), and some things you may not be able to take the action on right away.  But understanding the situation and your feelings will help with your stress.  If you can’t change the situation, you can change your attitude about it.

OK, I did it.  Now what do I do with it?

You did this for yourself, so do what you want with it.  If it was on paper, you may enjoy ripping it up, shredding, or burning it.  If it was electronically, you can delete it or erase it word by word, letter by letter.  It may help you to see what you have written about your stress disappear.

You can also save what you have written.  Looking back on them later, you can see how you have grown and the methods you used to overcome the obstacles you faced.  You can remember how you faced down your fear and that you are stronger now, which can give you confidence to take on other fears or issues.

Decide not to let stress take your happiness or peace of mind from you.

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 and treading carefully

Your body has muscles everywhere to allow the tremendous capacity for movement we enjoy.  Some are near the surface and are obvious while others are deeper and less well known.

Regardless of their location, muscles get sore, strained, and overworked.  This includes muscles close to, well, intimate areas.  Let me be clear about this important point – it is both unethical and illegal for a massage therapist to touch or massage what Ohio defines as “the sexual or genital area of any other person”.  I’m talking about muscles outside of those areas.

Muscles in the hip, inner thigh, and glutes can cause you discomfort just as much as calf or arm muscles.

Let’s say you flippantly frolicked in a fantastic fragrant flower filled field Friday.  In your exuberance, you used a muscle (frolickis exuberancium) more than usual and now it is sore.

Now, what to do when you come in for your appointment on Saturday?

It’s simple.  When I ask what needs worked on, tell me what is sore and how it feels.  Some people may feel a bit awkward because we don’t talk about muscles in those regions much and we don’t get touched there much either.  You don’t want to give the wrong idea of what you want.  As a professional I understand that and am only interested in relieving your pain and letting you get back to your adventures.

I will assume that what you are telling me is a legitimate issue because I know muscle locations.  Sometimes I have some discomfort in a hip and it feels better when it gets the work it needs.  Unless you give me a reason not to take you seriously, such as dressing provocatively or acting or speaking suggestively, I will proceed as usual.  If you are looking for something beyond a professional massage session, I will politely tell you that you are in the wrong place and let you go on your way.

I will be careful in what I do and communicate with you about what I will be doing so you know what to expect and to prevent any misunderstandings.  You will of course be draped the whole time, and I can adjust the covering so you can hold it securely.   Some work can also be done well through the draping sheet.

If you haven’t mentioned anything but I feel something that I believe may need some work, I will tell you what I feel and ask you about it.  I will only proceed with your permission.

There are boundaries to protect both of us.  As long as we both understand and observe them, the muscles in your hips, upper legs, and glutes can be worked on effectively if needed.

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

Is massage a luxury?

We have needs, like food, clothing, and shelter in order to survive.  Once those are secure, we have wants that can make our life easier, better, or more enjoyable.

Then there are luxuries.  Many people think of things that are expensive, hard to obtain, indulging, something not essential but pleasurable.  We think of luxury cruises, vehicles, hotels, homes, yachts, and jewelry.  When money is short, luxuries are the first thing that are reduced from spending.  We associate it with other words like extravagant, decadent and opulent.

A luxury can depend on your point of view.  Many people will say they need a car, but can they survive without one?  Some people don’t own a car and manage to survive.  They bike, use public transportation, or –gasp– walk.  They can get where they want to go and do what they want to do.  Or, how about cell phones?  Some do need to be reachable and able to communicate at all times, but most don’t.  Try to convince someone to give theirs up now.  Good luck.

The point is that some things that are not needs can be considered a luxury.

Massage is not a luxury for those living with pain.  Pain that doesn’t let them sleep through the night and find rest.  Pain that hinders daily activities.  It’s not a luxury for those in a very stressful situation, who need some peace and to be able to think a little clearer again.  It’s not a luxury for those trying to get and stay healthy.  Health should not be a luxury.  Massage is not more of a luxury than cars, cell phones, and the numerous entertainment devices and gadgets society tells we need.

If massage is a luxury, it is an affordable one.  Just about everybody could afford to get a 30 minute massage a month, or at least get a 10 or 15 minute chair massage.  It is one that is good for you and benefits you.  It’s one you can enjoy and not worry about.  You don’t have to be concerned with the security of it, like locking jewelry in a safe or home security, which causes more stress.

Most massage is not pampering.  It doesn’t have to be done at Le Spa de Fancy Pants.  All it takes is a quiet space, a table, clean sheets, and some temperature control for your comfort.  Massage is taking care of you.  It makes your muscles feel and perform better by working on them and makes your mind and body better by reducing stress.

If massage is a luxury, then so are pain relievers and stress relief.  Come in and get the massage you need.

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 long of a massage should I schedule?

Massages are usually available in 30, 60, and 90 minute time lengths.

One of the benefits of having my own business is that I can make up something new if that’s what you want.  There’s no company policy on time that I have to follow.  Do you have a favorite number?  Do you want a massage in a prime number increment?  I have the flexibility to do that if you want.

Do you have a headache, stiff neck, back pain, or something that just needs relief?  You can come in for  a shorter time than 30 minutes.  Sometimes just 10 or 15 minutes can make a huge difference for you (and the people around you too).

Every time you come in, we will talk about what you need that day and I’ll adjust the appointment based on that conversation.

Here is what you can expect with each time selection.

30 minute massage

30 minutes is great to focus on one or two painful or problem areas.  I’ve worked on just a person’s neck or a back, or a combination depending on the situation that day.  Some people come in regularly for 30 minutes because it fits their time schedule and it gives them the pain relief and stress relief they need.

It does provide you enough time to relax.  It is not enough time for a full massage though.

60 minute massage

60 minutes is the time frame scheduled the most with me.  I’ll emphasize any problem areas as well as providing a full massage (head, neck, arms, legs, and back).  You will be deeply relaxed, your stress will be left in the room, your problems will have shrunk down to manageable size and your muscles will be ready to go again.  You will actually be able to turn your head to look around the room as well as have the ability to pick up something from the floor.

Some people request a good deal of time on one area and not spend as much on another, or skip it completely.   Some like only an upper body massage, and not work on the legs.  That’s fine – it’s your time to get what you need taken care of.

90 minute massage

A 90 minute massage allows extra time on a problem area without losing work anywhere else.  You can get 30 minutes on your neck or back, and still have 60 minutes left for a full massage.  If there’s not a problem area, it allows time to do a complete thorough massage.  The extra time makes a big difference for many people to thoroughly relax and back to feeling like themselves again.

If 90 minutes is not long enough, let me know and we will work out something else.

Which one do you want?

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