Saturday, June 9, 2018

Summertime! And the Living is Easy!

It's here! The warm weather is finally here!

The sun is shining, birds are singing, flowers are blooming -- on days like these, kids like mine are clamoring for summer vacation. Good thing for them, the Bonny Eagle school district's last day is June 18.

Beginning Tuesday, June 19, 2018, I will be offering extended summer hours for weeknights and Saturdays:
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 4:00pm-8:00pm
  • Saturdays 10:00am-4:00pm

Other days and times will be subject to availability. This schedule will be in effect until August 18, 2018.

Speaking of scheduling, have you checked out my new on-line scheduling service? I quietly made the move a month or so ago; there may still be a few bugs that need to be worked out. Explore it for yourself and contact me with any questions!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

"Do You Accept Same-Day Appointment Requests?"

One night, at 10:00pm, I received a text message from an unknown number about a potential client looking for deep tissue massage. I turned them down, saying, "I'm not the best massage therapist for what you're looking for." Turns out, it was from Brad Pitt. I was crushed that had I missed out on this once in a lifetime opportunity.

(Did you know my keyboard has a sarcasm key?)

I do not accept same-day appointment requests. 

... with caveats.

You are welcome to contact me about last-minute openings, if:
  • You are a current client or a friend/relative of a current client.
  • You have been referred to me by a local chiropractor, osteopath, or other medical professional.

Generally speaking, my practice might be a good fit for you, if:
  • You are a real person and not masquerading under a celebrity's name.
  • You are looking for a legitimate massage and understand that draping is a requirement.
  • You are a woman between the ages of 30-70 living with chronic pain.
  • You are looking for a reduction of stress and anxiety symptoms.
  • You prefer your massage pressure on the Light-to-Medium side.

I recently changed my online booking platform to a new system. To book your appointment, you can simply use:

Select your desired appointment length, then select a calendar day in bold to view available times. For a single appointment, click "Continue," or to set up a continuing schedule, click "Recurring." You will have the option to prepay for your appointment through Square; to skip, select "Pay Later." You must agree to the listed policies and procedures prior to booking.

Cheers to you, Brad Pitts of the world. And to the rest of you normal folks out there, I hope you can appreciate my humor.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

"Should I Cancel My Massage If I'm Sick?"

Short answer: Yes, please.

Long Answer: Yes, please.

Massage is great -- you know this -- but it’s not always a great idea.

As the cold and flu season roars through again, it’s important that you know when it may be necessary to cancel your appointment.


-- When you are sick, your body needs rest. It’s strange to think about it this way, but receiving massage is an active task: it is not entirely rest. Massage causes change in the body, and your body has to work to maintain stability. Getting a massage when you are sick takes attention away from infection-fighting. That’s no good.

-- You’re not going to be cozy on the massage table. Sure, it sounds like a warm squishy massage table would be great, but the moment you put your already-stuffy head into that face cradle, you’ll realize the error of your ways. Gravity and pressure are not your friend here. Even if I do a great face massage to drain your sinuses, you’ll likely feel worse when you get off the table.

-- You could get me sick. Since most of the common winter viruses are contagious even before symptoms show up, I could pass the cooties along to more clients (and my family) before I even know it’s happening.

Further, when I get sick, I have to cancel clients and take a few days off work. I work for myself, with no paid sick days to compensate for lost wages. As a responsible business owner, I have a fund for these situations, but I would rather use that fund for a summer vacation or a fancy new oil holster.

So it’s a deal: you’ll cancel so as not to infect me and my massage room, and I’ll do the same for you. We’ll keep each other safe.

When to Cancel?

-- If you have had nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea in the past 24 hours, or are still feeling gross from a recent bout of such things.

-- If you’ve had a fever in the past 24 hours, or fever-related symptoms. This includes chills, aches, and fatigue. Even if you’re keeping the fever down with medicine, you’re still sick. The fever counts.

-- If you are itchy, runny, and/or sneezy, and you’re not 100% certain it’s seasonal allergies. Even then, allergies may leave you so miserable that the hour on my table would be wasted time and money for you.

-- If you are coughing constantly, or just a lot.

-- If someone in your household is ill and you are feeling at all funky, please cancel.

There is often some gray area here, especially if you are in the recovery phase of a virus or bacterial infection. If you’re unsure about your situation, please call me at (207) 370-4222 before your appointment and we can make a decision together.