Have You Ever..

Today I want to know..

If you’ve ever had a massage?

I asked this recently to another group of friends and was surprised at the results.

It was almost an even split between yes and no.

The funny thing is..

I never had a massage before going to massage school.

So why am I so curious to ask this? I want to know if you’re like me.

I see a lot of newbie clients (they’re completely new to massage) in my practice. I love it! But I’m someone who loves educating and explaining things in general - not everyone does.

A client could come to me for their first massage ever and have an experience including - information given, questions asked, check-ins during and after the massage appointment, etc. - and had they gone to someone else, that might not have been the case.

I am the Queen of Analogies - a client gave me this title, & I shall wear it proudly. I enjoy breaking down the big bad concepts of anatomy and physiology into bite-sized portions my clients can understand.

So.. are you a newbie to massage, or are you a seasoned professional client?

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I See You..

Never have three words sparked such a great conversation.

And you wanna know why?

Because we all want to be seen.

I dare you to try this on your own people - on social media, in your family, or your friends circle. Let them know you see them. Heck, even just say “I see you” and watch what happens.

You’ll get the class clown who needs to make it funny and ask if you see dead people too, but you’ll strike a cord with most of the group.

We spend our days behind screens, suffer from allergies the second we step out the door, & don’t even say “hi” to our neighbors anymore. We don’t know how to interact.

You could change someone’s entire day just by letting them know you see them.

So go.. speak.. change someone’s day. And then come tell me how it went!

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Image by Jaimi Bailey Photography.

Image by Jaimi Bailey Photography.

National Self-Care Day..

It’s a thing! I didn’t even know it, but I’m happy and I’m gonna show it.

Done rhyming - promise.

National Self-Care Day was on July 24th, but I think we should remember it on other days too.

Self-care..

It’s a loaded term, guys.

People hear it and they get overwhelmed at the thought of all the planning, the time away from doing “more important” things. I can just feel your muscles tightening reading this.

But here’s the thing..

You can’t pour from an empty cup.

You could try, but only the dust is going to fall out of there - because I’m assuming it’s been a while since you took the time to plan your self-care.

Let me give you some examples of EASY self-care additions to your life. Are you even ready for how SIMPLE these are going to be?

Stay Hydrated

water is my friend, people. And it’s yours too. Aaand, yes this is definitely an example of self-care. If you don’t keep your body hydrated, it won’t be able to do anything for you AT ALL.

MOVE.

Any movement - go for a walk while you’re on a conference call, crank out a few pushups before you hop in the morning shower, foam roll for 5 minutes when you get home, or stretch while you’re watching TV. It is truly that easy. These are things you can work into your day with little effort.

- Breathe -

PROPERLY. Yep, there’s a way you can mess that up. The wrong way would look like your shoulders climbing toward your ears on the inhale - you know, when you’re taking a BIG breath in. Yeah.. don't do that. Instead.. take a 4 count inhale with the focus being on expanding your ribcage to the front, back, and sides. The exhale will be a 6 count SLOW breath out. (How slow can you go?!)


*You may be wondering why the specific counts on the in and out breaths - when we breathe in quickly we are exciting the “fight or flight” response of our nervous system - you’re making your body think it needs to be on high-alert when it doesn’t. The SLOW exhale sends the message to the nervous system that it’s ok to “rest and relax”.

Brain Dump

This simply means sitting down with pen + paper, and writing down ALL the things! Every last one - to call your mom, handle Amazon returns, clean the bathrooms, call the new client you had on Thursday.. Everything. All these tasks and reminders that periodically pop up in our brains take up space. If we can give them a home outside of our minds, we free up that space - to be present, to be creative, to be lighter.

Set a timer for 10 minutes, and write quickly! You only need to write the thing down, nothing needs to be decided at that moment for how to handle it.

Meditation

And finally - once we’ve unloaded our minds, we give it a chance to exercise. Once again, set a timer for 10 minutes (at least). Sit comfortably, close your eyes, and focus on your inhales & exhales until the timer dings. You’ll feel refreshed and calm.

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Every day should be a self-care day.

You can't pour from an empty cup.

A Walk Through Your First Appointment with Me..

You’ve found me one way or another - good ol’ Google, my site you heard about from a friend, an Instagram post what’s-her-face tagged you in, or a Facebook ad you saw - the point is, you’re here!

And you want to book.

But you’ve never had a massage with me and you’re not quite sure what to do next & how the appointment will go.

I’m going to talk you through the process - from booking the appointment all the way to walking out the door after your first massage with me. Ready? Here we go!

Image by Jaimi Bailey

Image by Jaimi Bailey

STEP 1: Call, text, email, or send a message through my website.

This is a crucial step to making sure you even have a massage with me. I’m working most days, so email or text are the best ways to reach me! At this time, we will discuss what your motivation is for making the appointment, talk over any discomfort (including any suggestions I have for relieving that before your massage), and find a date and time that works to book your massage! I’ll give you the studio address, parking info, and the link for the intake forms also.

STEP 2: Bring your completed intake forms to your appointment.

This is pretty important. If you don’t bring your intake forms, your massage can’t happen. I always encourage clients to complete the forms before they even drive to meet me for their massage. If you wait until you get to my studio, that usually cuts into your massage time …and that’s sad.
When you arrive, I’ll show you around the studio. We will end up in the massage room and I’ll review your forms and ask you more questions about it. From there, we come up with a game plan for your massage - you are 100% involved in the decision-making.
If you haven’t ever had a massage, I explain how to lay on the table, tell you I’ll check in with you about pressure during the massage, and make sure to answer any other questions you have. Then I step out of the room, let you undress and get on the table, and step back in when you let me know you’re all set!

STEP 3: The massage.

Then I massage you! Haha - insert Jeopardy music here.

STEP 4: Drive home safely!

At this point, I step out of the massage room again and you get dressed. You’ll come out of the room when you’re ready - armed with a bottle of water I provide you. We discuss what I noticed in your tissue, any homework I might have for you, we discuss future appointments and payment.

STEP 5: I check in with you.

I let you know when you’re leaving the massage that I’ll check in with you in a day or so. I do this because I like to see how you’re feeling and to let you know I’m available to answer any questions you might have. Especially if this is your first massage ever, you might have questions or concerns about what you’re noticing in your body. This is all normal! And I welcome it. :)

That’s it! If you think of a question I didn’t quite answer here, let me know below or send a message! I love questions and am happy to answer any you might have.