Revealing the secret Massage Code

Everybody likes some inside information, having the scoop, and being let in on a secret.

Massage Therapists, like Magicians, have their own code.  Have you ever wondered why they ask the questions they do and what they really want to know?  Here’s your chance to learn more.

I revealed it on another blog that I contribute to.  Click here to read all about it while you can (it may disappear if the wrong people find out what I’ve done).

What other questions do you have about massage and massage therapists?  Leave a comment and I’ll address those also.

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

Sleeping during massage

Some people drift off to sleep during their massage.  It is understandable if you do go to sleep.  You are warm and comfortable, in a room with the lights low, gentle music is playing, your stress is leaving, and your muscles are being taken care of.  Since you don’t have to do anything during this time, you can let your mind tune out.  You may be tired from a long day at work or from many things in your busy life.

Some mention it after the massage is over.  They ask if that is all right, and some apologize for it.

Of course it is all right to go to sleep during your massage.  It is a great compliment actually.  You feel so safe and comfortable that you can let yourself get the rest your body and mind need.  If you don’t sleep, that’s fine too.   It’s not a contest.  You shouldn’t feel like you are supposed to sleep or stay awake.  I have yet to fall asleep while getting a massage but that is because I’m thinking of what they are doing and if I can learn something to make my massages better.

However, I have heard of some things that other massage therapists do when a person goes to sleep.  I of course have never done any of these things, but here are some things to be aware of.

– Enhancing  your make up with glitter.

– Sticking a googly eye on your forehead so when you get up you think you are a tri-clops.

– Painting their business phone number on your fingernails with nail polish so you have it to make your next appointment.

– Playing connect the dots using your moles or freckles.

– Giving you a nice Sharpie tattoo.

– Scheduling your next appointment on your phone for you.

– Sending a text to all your contacts and post to all your social media sites what a great massage you are getting.

– Attaching a Duck Dynasty style beard, then telling them that they have slept for years.

Why take a chance with another massage therapist?  Come in, make yourself comfortable, and take a nap if you want.  You are safe with me.

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

Reduce stress and go grudge free

You have been wronged by somebody.  It happens to each of us.  The amount of pain you feel varies, depending on factors like the size of the event, what else is going on in your life, and how close you are to the other party.  Some things we don’t consider a big deal and we move on easier.  Others however are harder to get past.  You hold on to it.

We use the phrases “holding a grudge” or “carrying a grudge”.  When you consider them, it is revealing that they both involve effort on your part.  Obviously carrying something involves action and effort.  Holding something does also.  Even something light that is held for a long time becomes tiring.  To carry or hold something requires energy and attention – which then can’t be used for another purpose.

Even small things can build up and take a toll.  When extra items are added to what you carry, like to a purse or book bag or briefcase, eventually the cumulative effect builds up and take a toll on you.  When you stop and clean out your bag, you realize you have been repeatedly hauling around items that are not needed.  Carrying the bag becomes much easier when you lighten the load.  It also frees up space for what is actually beneficial to you.

When you keep a grudge you are mostly hurting yourself.  Your peace of mind, joy, and happiness suffer.  Your focus is on the negative and the past instead of the positive and the present and future.  You exchange current and future happiness for the pain of the past,  The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way.  It is your choice what you hold or carry.   It is your choice to put down a grudge.

Putting the grudge down doesn’t mean you approve of or condone what happened.  You are simply deciding not to let it affect your happiness and well-being any longer.  It doesn’t mean you are weaker than anybody else; it actually shows how much stronger you are.  When you think back to a time when you hurt somebody else, even accidentally, it is such a relief to know that the other person is not holding it against you.  If you need to take steps to mend a relationship, do it.  A great friendship can be built.  Even if it doesn’t work out perfectly, you can know you did what you could to make things right.

Massage is a great way to clear your mind.  You can walk out with a better perspective and leave those grudges behind.  Feel free to leave them with me – I know how to handle them.

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