Scheduling

When there’s an event that’s important to us we make sure to put it in our schedule.  We may put it in our phone, write it on a paper calendar, write a note, tell somebody to remind us so we don’t forget it, or all of the above.  It is important to us even if it doesn’t seem to be to somebody else.  Is a sixth-grade music performance important to the world?  Probably not – but it is to you and your sixth-grader.

We plan our lives around the important things.  We make sure we make it to work when expected.  Parents get their kids home in time for them to get them in bed and ready for school the next day.  They get them up, dressed, and ready and send them off to school in the mornings and go to as many of their events as they can.

We plan dinners and entertainment.  Some restaurants require reservations to get into.  Meals we make at home turn out better if we get the ingredients in advance instead of making a mad dash to the store.  If you are going to a concert, show, or sporting event you usually need tickets in advance.  You don’t want to miss on a fun night out so you make arrangements so you can be there.

Everybody loves a great vacation.  It’s good to get a break from your normal responsibilities.  It’s interesting to see new things and have new experiences.  It’s nice to see friends and family that you haven’t seen for a while.   You need to schedule time off of work, your trip, accommodations, and other details for while you are gone.

When  you don’t schedule in the important things, they get missed. 

It’s easy to fill up your life with smaller matters that seem important at the time.  When you look back at it later you realize you would have much rather spent your time on something else and with somebody else.  You realize that you would have been happier and better off if you would have gone on a vacation, spent more time with family and friends, and had a few more fun nights out.

People come in for a massage and they feel great.  They are reminded that they could feel this way more often and have good intentions about coming in regularly.  Some do and they benefit more from regular massage then an occasional one.  Others let time slip by and let many months go by between appointments.  When they come in they have a high level of stress and a lot of muscle soreness, stiffness, and pain that they could have been living without.

The people who get regular massage schedule it into their lives.  They are often busy people, working and with families, but they schedule time to get themselves taken care of.  They aren’t retired or living a life of ease and luxury.  They are a lot like you.  They just have made the choice that they want to improve the quality of their life and include massage and other activities in their plans.

One thing that can help is to schedule your next massage before you leave.  If you at least get it penciled in you are more likely to make it.  You can change it if you need and you will feel better knowing it’s already set and you can plan around it.

How important is how you feel to you?  If you haven’t been including massage and self-care in your plans, the good news is that you can start now.  Contact me and let’s get started.

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

Strangers

We all have things that we rely on others to do for us.  Some may be things that we can’t do for ourselves and others are things that we could do but we are willing to pay for the skill, knowledge, and expertise of another.  They can do a better job and get it done much faster than if we did it all ourselves.  We even rely on people that we don’t know – strangers – for very important matters.

Let’s consider a few examples.

“I needed a hair cut so I let some stranger cut it.”

“I had a problem with my car so I let some stranger work on it.”

“I took my money to the bank and handed it over to a stranger.”

“I had an important legal issue so I talked to a stranger about it and followed their advice.”

“I wasn’t feeling well so I went to see a stranger.  They examined me and told me what to do.  They gave me a prescription which I took to a stranger at a pharmacy.  They gave me a bottle of pills that were made by strangers in a company and approved by a group of strangers in the government.”

“I was hungry so I went to a restaurant.  A stranger prepared some food for me, which had been grown and processed by other strangers.”

“I was in a dangerous situation so I called for a stranger with a gun to come and help.”

Hold on!” you say.  “I can’t know everybody who has an impact on me.”

“Well”, I say, “why do you trust these strangers with such important things like your money, legal issues, your food and health?”

Because,” you say, “they are professionals, have training, and are qualified.  Their reputation and business depends on them treating me properly.

Aha.

One objection to massage I hear is that people are hesitant in trusting a stranger to touch them.  We have just seen though that you let other strangers touch you.  Massage Therapists don’t have as much training as doctors or some other medical professionals, but we there are educational requirements to allow us to be licensed.

Wait,” you say.  “Some massage businesses and individuals do more than just massage.

That’s true.  But like any industry just because one person does it doesn’t mean everybody does.  Please,  if you know or suspect that is happening turn them in.  Make a call or send a message to the police or the state licensing board.  My fellow legitimate massage therapists and I want those places and people shut down.  They hurt my business and keep people who need a real massage away.

Of course massage is not the only industry with people who break the law.  The news is filled with businesses who try to take advantage of people.  Highly trained people such as lawyers and doctors get caught in scandals.  Companies such as banks, food producers, and pharmaceutical companies have been caught performing illegal or unethical practices.

If you want a massage, what can you do?  The same things you do with anything else important to you.  Get recommendations from friends.  Do some research online about the person or business.  Ask questions by calling or emailing.  I am happy to answer questions so you can feel comfortable when you come in.

I believe in massage and in the many benefits it provides and I want to help you.  I work hard at being somebody you can trust.   Let’s talk, or make an appointment, so I won’t be a stranger any more.

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

100 things massage is better than

This is post 100 on my blog!  Thanks for reading along and for the encouraging words to continue with it.

If you haven’t picked up on this by now, I think massage is great.  I began thinking of things that massage is better than.  So here, in no particular order (or maybe there is an order, for you secret code-breakers out there) is –

100 things that massage is better than.

1- It’s better than a sharp stick in the eye.  This is an old hillbilly saying, courtesy of my dad.

2- It’s better than being stuck in traffic.

3- It’s better than not getting a good night’s sleep.

4- It’s better than having a disease named after you.

5- It’s better than letting a repetitive activity cause you pain.  Massage can work as maintenance and put muscles back in their proper place.

6- It’s better than turning your phone on silent, then forgetting where you put it, so you can’t call it and hear it go off.

7- It’s better than having your muscles tied up in knots.

8- It’s better than getting a flat tire in the rain.

9- It’s better than not being able to find your glasses.

10- It’s better than having a headache.  Massage provides relief from tension headaches to migraines.

11- It’s better than having an inane song stuck in your head.

12- It’s better than working on your taxes.

13- It’s better than having dry skin.  Massage helps gives you softer and more moisturized skin.

14- It’s better than watching scary movies on Friday the 13th during a full moon in a creepy house all by yourself.

15- It’s better than letting a little problem develop into a big one.  Massage can keep small problems in their place.  Big problems develop by ignoring them when they are small.

16- It’s better than being under so much pressure that volcanoes are jealous of you.

17- It’s better than having your tongue stuck to a frozen pole like the kid in “A Christmas Story”.

18- It’s better than getting sunburned.  Especially on your feet.  That’s so annoying.

19- It’s better to smile than to scowl.  Massage lets you remember where you left your smile.

20- It’s better than a stiff neck.

21- It’s better than changing diapers.

22- It’s better than waiting in line, especially in the express line behind people who have too many items.

23- It’s better to breathe deeply than short, shallow breaths.  Deep breathing helps you relax and slow down.  You can do this anytime and anywhere.  Well maybe not while under water or being chased by an angry rhino.

24- It’s better than feeling like you have no energy.  Massage can help you feel good so you want to do more.

25- It’s better than not being aware of your body.  You feel better after a massage, so you begin to notice when something starts to hurt.  A small change can prevent future painful problems.

26- It’s better than somebody telling you the ending of a movie that you want to see.

27- It’s better than feeling like a piece of uncooked spaghetti – all stiff and inflexible.  Wouldn’t it be better to feel like a cooked piece, all loose and limber?  Massage can do that without stuffing you in a pot of boiling water.

28- It’s better than having a paper cut.

29- It’s better to sing than snarl.  Even if you just sing to yourself, sing.

30- It’s better than having jaw pain.

31-It’s better than being on the wrong side of the bathroom door.

32- It’s better than political commercials.  Even politicians don’t like them.  The crime rate would go down if that’s all prisoners got to watch on TV and listen to.

33- It’s better to feel like you can move fluidly and gracefully than to feel stiff and clumsy.

34- It’s better than holding a grudge.  Is it that big of a deal?  Can you let it go and feel better?

35- It’s better than being wound up tight.  Loosen up your body and mind and feel the freedom of movement, energy, and thought.

36- It’s better than not getting the joke people around you are laughing at.  It’s OK, some of them didn’t get it either.

37- It’s better than that recurring weird dream.  You know the one.

38- It’s better than shoes that are too tight.

39- It’s better than feeling anxiety.  Massage helps calm everything down.

40- It’s better than having a sore shoulder.  Or two sore shoulders.

41- It’s better than going to the dark side.

42- It’s better than breaking the shoestrings in every shoe you own on the same day and the only footwear you have are diving flippers.

43- It’s better than waking up in pain.  That’s a crummy way to start your day.

44- It’s better than a late rush assignment on Friday that makes you work on the weekend.

45- It’s better than trying to carry the weight of responsibilities all of the time.  Massage gives you a time to put them down for a while.  When you pick them up again, they may not seem so heavy.

46- It’s better than having to rhyme everything you say.

47- It’s better than having a bad habit.  Massage can make you feel better and want to do better.

48- It’s better than a camping trip in a thunderstorm.

49- It’s better than having arthritis pain.

50- It’s better than not being able to turn your head.  Turning your whole body to look to the side doesn’t count.

51- It’s better than being boring.  Get a massage to feel good, then go do something!

52- It’s better than losing your car keys.  Or house keys.  Or piano keys.

53- It’s better than feeling unproductive.  Get rid of some pain and stress and get more done.

54- It’s better than hitting a skunk with your car.  Or with anything really.

55- It’s better than being deprived of touch.  Touch is a basic human need and many people don’t get enough in their daily lives.  Massage is a safe way to receive the touch you may be lacking.

56- It’s better than dwelling on your problems.  Massage helps clear your mind and allow solutions in.

57- It’s better than having bad posture.  Getting loosened up helps you have good posture.

58- It’s better than finding out somebody ate the last piece of chocolate or the last cookie.

59- It’s better than having your shoulders up by your ears.  Let them go back down where they belong.  They like it better there.

60- It’s better than back pain.  No, bending your back is not overrated.

61- It’s better than having howler monkeys who have an ongoing argument with a pack of coyotes take up residence outside your bedroom window every night.

62- It’s better than getting a computer virus.

63- It’s better than finishing shoveling your driveway in the winter then have the snow plow push more snow in.

64- It’s better than somebody always correcting your grammar.  The grammar police are not allowed in the massage room with you.

65- It’s better than feeling stressed.  Stress makes everything harder.

66- It’s better than having a picture of you turn into an internet meme.

67- It’s better than a mosquito buzzing in your ear when you are about to fall asleep.

68- It’s better than losing the TV remote.  Even worse if it is political commercial season.

69- It’s better than needing to take pills for pain regularly.  Even if you own stock in the pill companies.

70- It’s better than foot pain.  Foot massage can help all parts of your legs, and even your hips and back feel better.

71- It’s better than feeling grumpy and crotchety.  Relieve some stress and try acting with kindness and you will probably get some back.

72- It’s better than being attacked by pirates.  I bet those guys would feel better if they got a massage.

73- It’s better than giving up on a dream or a goal.  Feel better and try again!

74- It’s better than thinking you wrote something important in invisible ink but it wasn’t.

75- It’s better than not being listened to.  When you come in I will give you my full attention the whole time.  Nothing else is as important to me as you are.  You came in for a reason.  You deserve to be heard and get the service you need.

76- It’s better than having a whistle in your nose, a frog in your throat, and the hiccups all at the same time.

77- It’s better than having poison ivy.  A lot.

78- It’s better than trying to read the fine print in a contract, or reading the license agreements from computer software.

79- It’s better than being in a foul mood.  In just an hour your day can turn around.

80- It’s better than calf pain.  From your leg, not a small cow, although I guess a small cow could hurt you, so it’s better than that too.

81- It’s better than trying to remember all of your computer passwords.

82- It’s better than college tuition, or student loan bills.

83- It’s better than living in the past or worried about the future.  Massage helps you be in the present.

84- It’s better than having everything you own covered in glitter.

85- It’s better than thinking that nobody cares about you.  Although we may not be close friends or even see each other outside of your appointments, you are important to me.

86- It’s better than living with regret.  What is it that you really want?  Go for it!

87- It’s better than having your mind feel fogged up.  I always feel like I can think much more clearly after a massage.

88- It’s better than going back to work sore after weekend home project or sports adventures.

89- It’s better than accidentally sending that email you wrote to get your anger out.

90- It’s better than hip and leg pain.

91- It’s better than walking barefoot across a floor covered in Lego pieces.  In the dark.

92- It’s better than pulling weeds from your garden.

93- It’s better than watching TV.  Unless maybe it’s Bugs Bunny.  He’s hard to beat.  You can find those online after your massage though.

94- It’s better than your cereal getting all soggy or your eggs getting cold.

95- It’s better than living with chronic pain.  Massage can’t cure everything but it can make daily living better and give you a way to manage it.

96- It’s better than always trying to be perfect.  Come on, nobody can do that.  The people you care about aren’t perfect and don’t expect you to be either.

97- It’s better than a bad haircut.

98- It’s better than having to do something for somebody.  Anybody.  It gives you an entire hour, all to yourself, that you are responsibility free.

99- It’s better than keeping a poor body image.  Massage lets your body feel good which makes it easier to have a better image.

100- It’s better than reading a long list of things on a blog post.

What do you think massage is better than?  Leave a comment or tell me on your next visit.

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

 

 

Pulling weeds

We routinely do many things, such as going to the dentist, exercising, watching what you eat, car maintenance, washing clothes, lawn and garden care, and cleaning our house.

Not all of them are things that we look forward to.  Some take up part of our valuable time that we would like to spend on something else.  Others we may even put off as long as we can.  Some cost money we would rather spend elsewhere.

Why do things you don’t want to do?

One answer is to consider what would happen if we didn’t do those things.  First, on a smaller scale, we allow small problems to become big ones.  If you don’t clean your house for months, when you do start it has turned into an intimidating job.  You are disappointed that you have to spend so much time on it and wish you had spent a little time here and there keeping up with it.

If you don’t pull the weeds from your flower beds, the weeds take over.  You end up with many more weeds than flowers.  The beauty of the flowers can’t be seen as well because of the weeds.  The weeds take the resources away from the flowers and choke them out.

Second and more importantly, serious and expensive problems develop.  It costs much less to keep a car in good condition than to get extensive repairs or to replace it.  Dental problems develop from negligence.  Significant health problems can occur if we are inactive and have a poor diet.

Just as you regularly take care of things that are important to you, massage is a way to take care of the most valuable thing – you.  It gives you a little time to yourself and relieves your stress (and why would it be a good idea to stay stressed?).  It helps your aches and pains and lets your body heal itself.  It helps keep small problems from turning into bigger ones.

People who get massage regularly understand it is not an occasional treat.  If needed you can acquire another vehicle, home, or other possession.  You only have one body so give it the care it needs.

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

Big changes made easy

Our mainstream media is always suggesting to us that we need to look and act a certain way to be happy, successful, popular, and important.  They are not always right, of course.  Advertising is set up to make you want to buy their products, so if you are not, they must create the impression of a need.

Nobody is perfect.  All of us know there is an area or two that we could and should improve on.  Sometimes the distance seems large when we look at where we are and where we would like to be.

Change is hard.  Our bodies and minds have a comfort zone they like to stay in.  They will resist even when you are trying to make a change that will make you feel better.

Fortunately once you do make a change, it becomes a new comfort zone and you don’t want to go back to where you were.

Thinking about big changes can be intimidating.  Looking at a large goal can be so scary that it looks impossible, or highly unlikely that you can do it.  It’s tough to get started when there is so far to go.

So how can you tackle a big change?  Make it a bunch of easy little ones.

If you want to lose weight, losing 20 or more pounds seems like a lot.  But what if you lost two pounds?  That’s not so hard.  You would feel a little better and your clothes would fit a little better.  You would recognize some progress which makes it easier to lose another two.  Do that a few times and people around you will notice and you will be on your way to getting to your big goal.

What about improving on a personality habit, such as complaining?  Can you go one minute without complaining?  Of course you can.  That’s easy.  Next try a longer but still manageable time, such as five or ten minutes.  Eventually you will create a new habit and build a new comfort zone that make you a more positive person.

It’s hard to clean up your whole house at once.  Instead, tackle one area at a time.  Clean up one closet or one room.  You will see progress and will feel motivated to continue.

Some people want to feel good again with massage.  Some say they can’t afford it.  What if you set aside one dollar a day?  That would let you enjoy a few massages a year.  When you see the benefits you get from lowering your stress and that you can do more of what you want when you feel better physically, you will want to continue.

Chances are good that the situation that you would like to change didn’t happen overnight, but gradually over a period of time.  To get where you want to be, start small.  Those small steps will take you to your goal.

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 the magic wand

If you could wave a magic wand and all of your pain were gone – what would your life be like?  What would you do that you don’t do now?  What would you do more of?  What would you do less of (sitting and taking pain pills maybe?).  Use your imagination and picture yourself doing the things you would like to do.  Go down memory lane and think of what you used to do that you enjoyed but don’t do anymore.  Have you grown accustomed to the pain you have, thinking it’s just something you have to live with?

What if you were having a bad, really bad day?  What if in one hour you could have a completely different outlook on life?  How about of instead of continuing with a rotten day, the rest of your day were now terrific?  You would feel better, and your friends, family, and coworkers would also be grateful.

What if you didn’t have to take so many pills for pain?  What if you didn’t have a recurring headache?  What would it be like to get out of bed and not think about what part of your body is hurting?  What if your muscles didn’t feel wound up tight and instead you could move freely, fluidly, and gracefully?  OK, so some of us are not that graceful – but I am more graceful when I feel better.

What if – you didn’t have a knot in your back; that you could bend down easily; that you could turn your neck without turning your whole body?  What if you got a really good night’s sleep?  Do you remember what it feels like to not wake up in pain?

Sometimes we have a problem or an issue that is befuddling us and try as we might we just can’t crack it.  What if in just one hour your mind were open to new possibilities and solutions started coming to you?  The solutions were there the whole time but couldn’t find their way through the tangled labyrinth of your stressed mind.  They are so obvious and simple you wonder why you didn’t see them before.  What if with new clarity your productivity and creativity soared?

What if these things were available – and getting them felt so good as well?  Massage is a time just for you.  You can relax on a comfortable, warm massage table.  You can let your responsibilities go and let your mind drift.  Tell me what pain you have and then let me take care of you.  I’ll use my training, skills, and knowledge to help you feel like yourself again.

What if you make an appointment for a massage already?

Massage is not magic, but sometimes the results can feel magical.  If you have an injury or medical condition, massage may be able to help but it can’t cure everything.  See a doctor or other medical professional if needed.  Massage has a lot to offer in just a little time.

If you want, I’ll use a bamboo piece as a magic massage wand and mutter the secret magic massage words.  Then let everything go, enjoy your massage, and walk back out to the world with a new outlook full of new possibilities.

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

Make time to Relax

Busy-ness is the trend these days.  People carry over-packed schedules like winning trophies.  “I’m SO busy at work!”  “How do you have time to do that? I’m too busy to read/watch TV/exercise/do anything fun.”  “I can’t get monthly massages I have too much to DO!”

Too much “busy” could be making you tired, sick, and probably cranky.

When do you relax? RELAX.  “Relaxation” is a word we hear often, but don’t know always know what it means. Here are some options for you.

re·lax  verb \ri-ˈlaks\

1: the state of being free from tension or anxiety.

2: a way to rest and enjoy yourself

3: recreation or rest, especially after a period of work.

4: the loss of tension in a part of the body, especially in a muscle when it ceases to contract.

5: something that you do to stop feeling nervous, worried, etc.

More importantly, what does relaxation mean to you?

If you’re not a “hot bath and good book” kind of person, you probably cringe at Calgon commercials and spa photos of people with stones piled on their backs.  But here’s the beauty: You can make your own definition of relaxation.

It’s your job to figure out what you enjoy doing, what makes you smile, and what makes you feel like you are a hundred miles from work or home jobs.

Then, make time for that.

You have a schedule.  Write in special time for a hobby, a nap, massage, your favorite show, a weekend getaway, a new class, ANY thing you enjoy can be relaxing.

Need someone to give you a reason? Want permission? I hereby, with the authority granted to me, do give you the permission to relax.

Here are some ideas:

  • Spend part of the day alone.

  • Spend part of the day with your family, doing ONLY fun stuff.

  • Meditate

  • Devote time to your hobby.

  • Sleep in. Or get up extra early. Whichever excites you!

  • Arrange for take-out or pre-cooked meals all day.

  • Schedule a massage!

  • If you’ve always wanted a day to “not leave the house” today’s the day! Wake when you wish, eat when you’re hungry, stay in your jammies and read a book.

Taking care of you is important.  And, self-care puts you in a better frame of mind to take care of the people who depend on you.  So find the thing that mellows you out, and make it happen!

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 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.  Find out more about him, his business, and massage at www.HudsonMassageTherapy.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.  Find out more about him, his business, and massage at www.HudsonMassageTherapy.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.

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