Body image risk and reward in massage

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Body image. Almost everybody has something about their body that they don’t like. For many people it’s a minor issue, no big deal. But some people have a major issue with their body image. It affects how they live and their happiness.

When I tell some people that I’m a massage therapist it can cause a strong reaction. They tell me, whether verbally or through their reaction and body language, that massage is not for them. Their body image is such an issue that they don’t think anybody else can accept them.

The paradox here is that massage can really help with body image issues. In massage school we were all nervous about taking off our clothes and letting somebody else touch us. It didn’t take long for us to discover that bodies are just bodies and become much more comfortable with our own. We also experienced how good receiving a massage made us feel. Something unexpected happened – when our bodies felt better we felt better about our bodies.

I think there are three options to consider. Let’s look at the risk versus reward for them.

1. Don’t get a massage.

This is the easiest because it involves doing nothing. The risk is low since you are not letting another person see or touch you at all.

The reward is zero. You didn’t get a massage so your body doesn’t feel any better, and you still have the stress you had before.

2. You get a massage, but the massage therapist either makes note of how you look, as if it matters.

If this has happened to you, I’m sorry. You got a crappy massage therapist. That’s a bummer, and I’m really sorry. You took a risk, and even if the rest of the massage was decent, got very little reward.
This is not going to happen if you come to me. Never. No way. I can’t say this strongly enough. It goes against the very nature of who I am, how I treat people, and what I believe.

3. You get a massage. A great massage. And the therapist does nothing to make you feel uncomfortable about your body. In fact, you feel pretty good about your body after the massage.

In this option your risk is low. I don’t care how your body looks. That’s none of my business. I just want to help it feel better. Your reward is high. Again your body will feel better from the massage and you can start feeling better about it.

I have no idea how your body got to be in the condition that it’s in. You may be dealing with something that you can’t control, such as a medical condition or an injury or accident. You may be in a lot of pain or are limited in what you can do physically. Since I don’t know what caused your body to be like it is now I can’t make any judgments about you.

I’ve worked on hundreds – maybe thousands – of people. Each body is interesting and I’ve yet to come across one that I could not help.
If you have been avoiding massage because you feel uncomfortable about your body, let’s find an option that works for you. You don’t even have to explain anything to me. Leave your clothes on. Stay sitting up or face down or lying on your side or however you want. It’s up to you.
It’s my job to help you feel better. That’s it. Together let’s find a way to help you relieve your pain and stress. Don’t let your body image keep you from feeling good.

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The Benefits of Massage & How to Choose a Qualified Therapist

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Massage Therapy has become one of the most effective forms of therapeutic self-care that you can invest in.  Massage is no longer considered just a luxury for the wealthy who are on beach vacations in a five-star resort in Tahiti, and the benefits that a legitimate, quality massage can bring you are multi-faceted.

In the last few years, the requirements across the United States have become more stringent for those who want to practice massage therapy as licensed professionals.  This has been done to raise the standards of bodyworkers, and to bring this ancient profession more into the medical mainstream.  All states in the U.S. now require a minimum of 500 C.E.U.’s to obtain your licensure with New York, Florida and Arizona requirements slightly higher.  Therapists are also generally required to complete a specific amount of continuing education credits after the initial 500 hours is completed as a way to keep them educated about the industry.

Benefits of Massage

The benefits of receiving massage are numerous.  Studies have found that massage may be helpful for:

  • Anxiety
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia related to stress
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Soft tissue strains or injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Temporomandibular joint pain

When you get a massage, your body receives many benefits: in several healthy ways:

  • Circulatory system – gets your blood flowing through your body.
  • Nervous system – reduces anxiety, providing a calming effect.
  • Organs – your organs receive stimulation when being massaged allowing them to work more effectively.
  • Musculature system – when massaged, muscles release the built up lactic acid, easing stiffness and pain.

Receiving a massage also promotes a sense of caring and well-being.

Massage, however, is NOT a replacement for regular medical care, and it is always wise to speak with your physician before embarking on a massage therapy regimen, especially if you have any injuries or illnesses.

Risks Associated with Massage

Even though massage therapy provides so many wonderful benefits to our body, mind and spirit, there are some risks involved if you currently experience:

  • Bleeding disorders or take blood-thinning medication
  • Burns or healing wounds
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Fractures
  • Severe osteoporosis
  • Severe thrombocytopenia
  • Pregnancy
  • Cancer

Once again, it is advised that you speak with your doctor if you experience any of the afore-mentioned symptoms or any physical illness or injury, past or present.

 

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Choosing a Qualified Massage Therapist

Now that the U.S. has increased the requirements for all massage therapists, anyone who is credentialed will have more medical knowledge under their belt than what has been allowed in the past, which is a benefit for all involved.  Finding a therapist may take a few tries, and you should never feel obligated to continue with a therapist that you do not feel completely comfortable with.  Many people come to my practice for the first time, and they are hesitant to ask for what they want. I always explain to my clients to remember that it is ‘YOUR money, YOUR time, and YOUR body’, and encourage them to advocate for what they feel they need.

Often times someone will come in with lower back pain, thinking that is where the issue is.  However, the pain may actually be in the upper back area.  A qualified therapist will know this, and work both areas.  However, I hear many stories of therapists who simply choose not to listen to their clients’ needs, and will use way too much pressure, too little pressure, or miss the main area that the client is complaining about completely.  Please know that you are under NO obligation to complete a massage with a therapist who is either hurting you or that you find offensive in some way.  Massage is a very intimate experience, and no one should be made to feel that their boundaries have been crossed or their desires unheard.

It is a good idea to find out what your therapist’s credentials are before you first appointment.  Just as a quality therapist will take a medical intake on your first visit, you are certainly justified in finding out about your therapist’s education.  Please don’t feel intimidated about asking, as those of us who pride ourselves on our skills and abilities have no problem sharing our credentials with you.  I have had my license since 2009, when I first graduated from the Healing Arts Institute in Citrus Heights, California, and I completed my schooling at the Fair Oaks Institute of Massage Therapy in Fair Oaks, California.  I have been licensed in the State of Idaho since 2012.

Looking for a therapist who fits your personality is also of paramount importance.  Some people like total solitude and quiet when receiving a massage, and some enjoy conversing with the therapist.  I personally like to keep my client relationships on a professional level, as often times people will share with private information with me about their current life circumstances or events, and I believe that my prior experience serving as a Chaplain, where I received extensive training in holding ‘sacred space’ and keeping respectful boundaries, is an asset to my clients.

It is imperative that you choose an establishment or practice that is clean, professional in appearance, and adheres to the State health code.  You may want to visit the location before you choose to get a massage there to see if their business meets your personal standards.  I am very fortunate to be located at Zoberski’s Spa-Lash at 5907 W. State Street in Boise where we offer a beautiful, serene and clean environment.

It is my hope that you will consider booking an appointment with me soon.  My first-time client rate is just $45 for a ‘Signature’ Swedish massage, and I offer package rates as well as special rates for cash payment.

For further information on rates and packages, please visit: www.Massagebook.com/biz/bodybless.

If you would like to find out more about Body Blessings Massage & Aromatherapy, please visit: www.bodyblessings.massagetherapy.com.

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Building a Spiritual Practice

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This life existence is all about the fulfillment of dreams.

“What do I want to be when I grow up?”

“When will I get my first kiss?”

“Who will I marry?”

“Where will I live?”

“How many children will I have, if any?”

Learning how to bring our dreams into reality takes work.  We have a vision, we may believe this vision will benefit others in some way as well as ourselves, and so we start the process of bringing that dream into fruition.  Body Blessings Massage & Aromatherapy was a dream that I had several years ago, and it was birthed while I was going through a ‘dark night of the soul’.

I have generally held Sales & Marketing or Management positions throughout my career, however when I had my son at age 30 I decided to do something less demanding, so I started working at a local Sacramento health club.  I worked there part-time when I was a ‘stay- at-home’ Mom and then went full time when I was facing a divorce.  My manager and friend at the health club had just received her massage certification, and she would give me free massages to help me deal with the stress.  Up until that time, I had always considered getting a massage a very frivolous and unnecessary service, but once I started receiving them frequently, I could see how they were quite beneficial in helping me with the anxiety and stress that I was dealing with, and I told myself that one day I would get my certification.

That ‘one day’ did not come until 2009, when I finally had some extra money to attend the Healing Arts Institute in Citrus Heights, Ca.  At that time, an individual was only required to obtain 125 C.E.U.’s to practice, so I enrolled, and while I was in class, the State of California moved the requirement up to 250 C.E.U.’s.  After I completed my initial 125 hours, I saved my money again so that I could get the new, higher required amount of hours and start my practice part time.  Once I obtained the 250 hours, there was a national law signed into effect that to practice legally anywhere in the United States you would need a minimum of 500 C.E.U.s.  I saved my money yet again, and completed the 500 hours in 2012.  I then moved back home to my beloved Idaho and started working at JMZ Spa-lon on State Street, now Zoberski’s.

Along the way through massage school in California, I had met a post 9-11 Veteran who, along with a fellow Veteran, was developing a non-profit for Veterans where they could receive holistic services for free.  I was immediately interested in helping the organization grow, and volunteered where and while I could.  When I first arrived back in Idaho, I tried starting a chapter here and held a massage clinic in conjunction with the Veterans Administration and Three Oaks Academy massage school while I was working at JMZ.  I knew that the benefits of massage therapy in helping Veterans in their healing process were tremendous, and I kept my idea moving forward.  It was at that time that I first heard about the Wyakin Warriors Foundation (www.wyakin.org).   I served as an intern while attending Boise State during 2014-2015 and grew to appreciate this non-profit tremendously, as I saw that they not only ‘talked the talk’, but they also ‘walked the walk’ when it came to helping their participants.

I had put my massage practice on hold for my second semester, then started my position at ChargeItPro in June of 2015.  It was in December of 2016 when I decided to re-open my practice and pursue my dream once again.  This time, I decided to start donating 10% of my quarterly profit to Wyakin as well as offer to see a few of the Warriors free of charge monthly.

Every year I since I have obtained my licensure, I have participated in an event sponsored by the Associated Body Massage Professionals (A.B.M.P.).  This event is designed for participating therapists to raise awareness about the benefits of massage therapy as well as to give back to their community.  I was at the Crunch Fitness (formerly Idaho Athletic Club) Eagle location, and the Clinic Director of Mountain Land Physical Therapy, Jeff Box, came out and started talking to me about the possibility of moving my practice to their location.  We started the negotiation process, and I opened my doors on October 1st of 2016.

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I see my practice growing, and I believe it is because I have finally learned to build a ‘spiritual’ practice.  Spiritual practice can mean many things:

  • Attending Church every Saturday or Sunday with an organized religion in a building.
  • Meeting once a week with someone to study the Bible.
  • Taking time to mediate in the morning and/or evening.
  • Having an altar to pray at in the morning and/or evening at home.
  • Talking to God.
  • Listening to God.
  • Being thankful for what God has brought you through.

There are as many ways to practice spirituality as there are denominations of Christianity.

But this isn’t what I am referring to when I say I learned to build a ‘spiritual’ practice.

When I served as a Chaplain as well as a Youth Ministry Leader at Spiritual Life Center in Sacramento, California, I learned volumes about building a ‘spiritual’ practice.  Concepts such as tithing 10% to an organization, ministry or individual I believed in, as in ‘giving to the Universe’ would increase my own abundance, donating my talent/time/treasure to a church, organization or cause, again increasing my own abundance, learning to allow my sails to ‘blow in the wind’ freely at times, and most importantly, to thank God and allow Him to be my ‘partner’ in the process.

My practice is growing, once again, and I am working with more medical issues as opposed to a ‘feel good’ massage.  I have been blessed to work with some incredible and incredibly helpful people – the staff of both Mountain Land Physical Therapy and Crunch Fitness in Eagle.  Most importantly, I have grown stronger in my faith, which brings me to five key concepts I believe are important to embrace when bringing your dream into reality:

Have Faith

You had this dream for a reason.  The reality may not be exactly the way that you dreamt it to be, in fact, it often isn’t, as in the dream, we aren’t envisioning all the hidden variables life may through our way – just the beautiful essence of the dream.  It is in the facing of obstacles that your faith will be exercised the most!  Strive to have the faith of a mustard seed!

Luke 17:6 ESV

       And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey.

Embrace and learn to ‘love the processs’

The vision you have in your head is a dream.  Bringing that dream into reality generally takes hard work, and it might not happen in the time frame you would desire.

I have always known from a very young age that I would go through tremendous challenges but one day I would be able to help many people.  I had no idea what those challenges looked like, or how I would help people, I just had a ‘sense’ about it.   I have also had the dream of having my own business at a time when women had no other occupation than teacher, nurse, or secretary, and that occupation generally wasn’t pursued until after the children had grown and left the home.   These ideas had somehow been planted in my thought process years before I ever experienced any life-altering hardships that would eventually teach me my greatest lessons – or started my business.  I have been on this planet for some time now, and I believe my ‘season’ is finally arriving.

Learning to ‘love the process’ has always been challenging for me.  My elder sister likes to tell a story about how I would go outside when I was just a child and pull up the flowers by their tops as they would not grow fast enough for me!  Loving the process is where we learn patience, and as we all know, patience is indeed a virtue!

I Cor. 9:24 ESV

       Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.

Stay Focused on the Goal

Keep your mind on the ultimate outcome of your goal, don’t let life’s drama get you side-tracked for long.  If you don’t meet your goal in the timeframe you envisioned, perhaps the timing isn’t quite right – but remember that God’s timing isn’t the same as our timing.  The Bible says the world was created in seven days – but was that seven days at 24 hours each?

There will be many temptations along the way, changes at work, issues with family, new opportunities, new dreams.  I have a ‘rule of three’ that I follow – I only allow three projects on my ‘plate’ at one time, and I do not add another until one is fully completed.  Creative individuals tend to jump from vision to vision to vision, because that is what we are good at – creating –  and it has taken me years to learn that if I follow one dream through to completion, not only will that dream have a better chance of taking a stronghold in the ‘real’ world, but I will also achieve a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction that will spur me on to bigger and better dreams.

Proverbs 16:9 ESV

       The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.

Hold yourself accountable for your actions

Holding yourself accountable for your actions can be done in different ways.  It could be a hiring a personal coach, joining a MasterMind group, or posting your goals on Facebook so all of your friends can give you feedback.  I personally believe that MasterMind groups are extremely powerful, as there are at least two other people that you talk with on a weekly basis that can help you think beyond your own thinking and bring light to ideas and concepts you may not have considered.  When we have another person we have to ‘report’ to about our progress, we are more likely to take action on our goals.

Proverbs 15:22 ESV

       Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed

Don’t.  Give.  Up.

If your dream isn’t born into this world in the timeframe you originally chose it, again – perhaps it is a matter of timing.  It took me three years before I finally was given an opportunity to work with the Wyakin Warrior Foundation, and three years to find the right space for my own studio.  It could also be that the dream isn’t met to be.  If you continue to persevere, your dream will morph into something else that is even more wonderful than the original dream.

Over 15 years ago I started playing around with essential oils and the idea of creating my own bath products.  I created a name, the artwork for the label, prototypes for the different products, and my dream/goal was to start producing them.   Then life took me down a different path.  This Spring, I am revisiting this idea by introducing samples in my monthly massage specials.

Even when the steps we are taking don’t seem to be taking us forward, they are teaching us with every single step.

In this society, we tend to value success and we have created a label for our efforts that haven’t gone exactly as planned as ‘failures’.  The longer I live, the more I realize that those ‘failures’ are just building blocks on the same exact road as the building blocks to’ success.’

Our definition of success generally changes as we travel through life as well.  I believe that as long as you are alive, you have an opportunity to achieve, an opportunity to contribute, and an opportunity to dream.  Sometimes when I am feeling like my life isn’t where it should be, I will take a drive over to Cloverdale Memorial Park  or Terrace Lawn and go visit my relatives gravestones, or drive through any other local Cemetary, and just sit out on a bench for a while to remind myself that I still have life in me, and as long as I can feel my heart beat and hear the sound of my own voice, I still have an opportunity to fulfill my dreams.

God willing.

Phillippians 4:13 ESV  

        I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Give God the opportunity to become your ‘business’ partner.  For me, this means making sure that I take time to pray and study the Bible each morning, give thanks to God for the good I have in my life, ask Him to help me let go of the past, and become still enough to hear that still, quiet voice that belongs to God.  Some people call this ‘good judgement’ or ‘sound judgement’.  To some, it is listening to their ‘higher power’.  In my planning, I do my best to think everything through from every angle to prepare myself, and then remember and acknowledge that no matter how prepared I am,  it is in my best interest to allow space for God to work His miracles.

One day, a ‘miracle’ might be that someone I have been sharing information with about the Wyakin Warriors and how I want to work with them comes to me and asks me to explain the organization and my ‘dream’ further.  It might be seeing another therapist ask for help at the ‘Run for Robie’ event, and responding to that request.  It might be, and often is, just being present for another human being as they work on healing themselves through bodywork.

So keep dreaming your dreams. Nurture them, water them with faith, hope and love, and remember, without dreaming, our life on this planet would not exist – for we are the  result of the most magnificent dream ever dreamt – the Creator’s dream!

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Do Your Body Organs Know What Time It Is?

In my quest to educate others about the benefits of alternative or holistic modalities, I spend many hours reading up on different methods of body work. This week, I am focusing on the work of Dr. LeAnne Deardeuff, DC. Dr. Deardeuff also uses essential oils in her practice, and she has written and published a very informative, easy-to-read book titled, “Ultimate Balance – Infusing the Vibrational Energy of Essential Oils into Chakras, Meridians and Organs.” (www.essentialscience.net).

I am thoroughly enjoying this book as it combines energy work with essential oils, and it explains how any one can use the oils for their own specific health routine, and the relationship between our body organs, meridians, chakras and our thoughts and feelings. This book takes energy work with essential oils one step further; it adds the chakras and explains what time of day is optimal to work on a specific body organ.

I have been reading about the adrenal glands, as many of us suffer from adrenal fatigue without even knowing it. I did for many years and was mis-diagnosed, and it wasn’t until I went to a naturopathic doctor that I learned about the adrenals. The adrenal glands are very small in size, and are at the top of our kidneys, one on each side at the top of the kidney. These organs are designed to boost our energy levels and to produce corticosteroid hormones. They require vitamin B and trace minerals to achieve their goal. Minerals help manufacture steroidal hormones as well as serving as a co-factor in liver enzymes that digest the necessary fats that our adrenal hormones need.

Some symptoms of adrenal exhaustion are:

Always active, or ‘on-the-go’.
Difficulty in starting in the morning.
Feeling jittery or ‘wired’ inside.
Experience high anxiety frequently.
Chronic fatigue.
These are just a few of the symptoms of adrenal fatigue, and adrenal fatigue can often times be mis-diagnosed and therefore, mistreated.

The solar plexus chakra (yellow) is the chakra that coincides with the adrenal glands. The optimum time of day to ‘work’ with the adrenal glands, according to Dr. Deardeuff, is between the hours of 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Dr. Deardeuff suggests using the following essential oils/blends at this specific time of day: Endoflex, N-R-Gee, Hope, Surrender, Nutmeg, or Clove. Dr. Deardeuff uses the Young Living brand of oils, and she also suggests using Thyromin, Ultra Young Spray, SuperB, and Mineral Essence products, also from the Young Living line.

There are several ways to use essential oils, and each person’s body will have its own unique sensitivity, so it is important to learn which method works best for you. Following is a breakdown of the different methods of usage:

NEAT – This means directly on the skin. Many people use a carrier oil under the essential oil, such as Almond or Grapeseed, if they have sensitive skin.

INHALING – Using the oils manner allows the molecules to be delivered directly to the limbic center of the brain. You can either inhale from the bottle, or place a few drops on the right palm of your hand and rub your hands together, and inhale.

CAPSULES – You can use an eyedropper to drop 10-15 drops into each capsule. The capsules can then be swallowed.

RECTAL OR VAGINAL IMPLANTS – You can place the same capsules into your rectum or your vagina. IF you choose to place them in your vagina, it is very important to use a carrier oil as well so that the area is not burned. A good dilution is seven drops of essential oil to one tablespoon of V-6, a vegetable oil product from Young Living, or a cold-pressed vegetable oil of equal quality.

COMPRESSES – You can make warm or cold compresses with the essential oils.

If you would like to find out more about using essential oils, please feel free to connect with me at directly at BodyBlessings1@gmail.com.

 

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What Do Credit Card Processing and Massage Therapy Have in Common? More Than You Would Guess

The Similarities Between Credit Card Processing and Massage Therapy – Are They Two Sides of the Same Coin?

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In just a few more months, I will have had my C.M.T./L.M.T. massage certification for eight years, come May 2017.  One month later, in June, I will be celebrating my second anniversary at ChargeItPro, a local credit card processing company.  In many ways, these two occupations are worlds apart – one is the constant business of selling and servicing merchants’ credit card processing services, and one is spending an hour with someone who is seeing you for relaxation or injuries.  Very opposite ends of the spectrum.  However, there are many ways that the skill set used with clients can be transferred to working with merchants, and vice-versa. 

Ethics and Values 

In both occupations, dealing with your merchants or clients must be done in an ethical manner if you want to maintain a long-term business buying relationship.  Never having been exposed to the credit card industry before, I was amazed to learn how so many processing companies ‘sell’ their services to a merchant without explaining their rates and fees up front.  When I was working as an Account Manager, I would see savings for 95% of the merchants who would allow me to perform rate comparisons on their existing company and ours.  Most of these merchants had no idea what they were being charged and had just gone with their current company because someone walked in the door and ‘sold’ them.  At ChargeItPro, our motto is ‘Doing the right thing, even when no one is looking’, and it is a motto we all live by.

In my massage practice, I am constantly meeting people who will tell me that their last therapist would not listen to what they needed, and they would end up in pain for several days after the massage, or, that the therapist would cut their time short if they were running late between appointments.  I always take detailed online intake before any new client’s first appointment, and go over it with them when they come into the office.  I also try to instill in my client’s that massage therapy is a two-way communication, and if my pressure is too little or too much, or they are in pain, to let me know, as it is ‘your body, your time and your money’.  I must abide by HIPPA, and it is important to me to make certain that my client’s feel their voice is heard in their healthcare.

Merchant/Client History

In both fields, it is imperative to find out the history of the merchant/client to find out what works for them, and what does not, and how have they tried to solve their problem or issue?  Listening to what they have done in the past and how they tried to solve the problem gives me great insight and knowledge in knowing which way to move forward, as well as allows me to build a good working relationship.  Working with technology and providing massage therapy are similar in the fact that they both have working pieces that must be understood to create the whole picture, thus providing the best possible solution.  If what the merchant or client was doing in the past hasn’t provided great results, there is no reason to try the same thing in the future.

Affordable/Competitive Rates

Offering affordable rates that are still competitive is always a challenge in business.  One of the most important ‘offerings’ that ChargeItPro has is doing a ‘competitive rate analysis’ with a merchant’s current processor.  Again, over 95% of the time, CIP not only comes in with a competitive rate, but CIP also works only with (pricing), as opposed to tiered pricing, which generally saves money along with educating the merchant about what the current charges they have truly are.  With my practice, I have done a competitive rate analysis between the larger massage companies such as Massage Envy and Elements, as well as independents in the area, and came up with a plan that is affordable so that the client can come back and truly enjoy the benefits of regular massage therapy.

Excellent Customer Service

Everything truly always comes down to this, doesn’t it?  If a merchant or client has a problem, getting excellent customer service will always bring them back.  At ChargeItPro, we have live technical support 24/7/365, and we even have live receptionists taking your calls, which is my position now.  I am always impressed by the way the management at ChargeItPro focuses on listening to our merchant’s needs and doing our best to meet them.

In my practice, I strive to insure excellent customer service by offering online booking, making certain that my clients receive the entire time they paid for (even if I am running late) and offering monthly specials.

In massage therapy, we learn to diagnose a body’s symptoms to find out what the cause of the pain is.  In credit card processing, we are often diagnosing issues with how software is interacting with a terminal to resolve processing issues.  Both take an analytical mind to be able to piece everything together.

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As always, the goal with both credit card processing and massage therapy is to insure the merchant/client has the best possible experience with my service.

 

 

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‘R’ You Ready to ‘Re-Cycle’ Your Life?

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Gifts are now all unwrapped, toys are in use, the decorations are back in storage for another year, and the tree has gone to be chipped for mulch.  All that is left now is to start your New Year’s resolutions once again!

The greatest thing about New Year’s resolutions is that you have a chance to re-fuel what works for you in life, to re-ignite those things that you started but didn’t complete, had to put down, were interrupted, etc., but are still wanting to accomplish, and re-fuse ALL that you no longer desire.

During this time of the year, many of us decide that now that the Holidays are over, candy cane cookies, almond toffee, and Grandma’s fudge aren’t easily within reach, that it is time to start that exercise program and fulfill the annual resolution of losing weight and feeling better –

yet…

one….

more…

time.

Some of us have gained weight because of a:

  • new baby
  • broken relationship
  • new relationship
  • loss of a loved one or a job
  • medical issues – injury
  • menopause
  • life

Apparently, this living stuff can be challenging, and many of us meet our life challenges by ‘eating our emotions’, or as some call it, stress-eating.

You’ve done it.  I’ve done it.  We ALL have done it.  Our society isn’t known for taking time to understand the turmoil that our life challenges can create, but to ‘stuff’ these situations with drugs, alcohol, food, sex, etc.  Facing life’s twists and turns can be extremely difficult to do, because we may have to take ownership of some of the chaos.

I certainly don’t buy into the belief system that you are not worthy if you are overweight, and I hope that you don’t, either.  That is a lie to your very existence. If by chance you are feeling this way, please learn to value yourself.  There is only one of you, which makes you quite unique!  “Learning to love yourself”, (as the late Whitney Houston sang) with all your broken parts and hurtful pieces, is one of the biggest lessons in this life.  I know it has been for my own personal journey.

Let’s get back to the three ‘R’s

  • Re-fuel – ‘to take on a fresh supply of fuel.’
  • Re-ignite – ‘to ignite or cause to ignite again’
  • Re-fuse – ‘to not be willing to accept or grant (something offered or requested).

Look back over this past year – review your goals that you previously made, and sort them into one of these three categories.

Did you complete the goal?  Once you achieved the goal you set, did it look exactly like you envisioned it would?

In November of 2016, I had just completed my first six months at the company I am currently employed at, and I felt comfortable enough to put more energy into my passion, my massage practice, ‘Body Blessings Massage & Aromatherapy’.  I had been working at JMZ Spa-lon, and have had this vision of offering free massage to participants in the Wyakin Warriors and donating 10% of my profit.

I thought that a good start to expand my practice would be to develop a relationship with one of the local health clubs, and since Idaho Athletic Club is close to JMZ, I figured this would be the most logical health club to approach. The State street location was very receptive, so I started bringing my massage chair to their Member Appreciation Days to offer free chair massage to the members, then I started creating a display for members with information on who I am and what I offer.  It was around the end of March/beginning of April before I started seeing results.  Around May, I decided to branch out to the Eagle location and they were equally supportive of my efforts.

By June, I had a presence in both locations.

In July of every year, the Associated Bodyworkers and Massage Professionals (ABMP) association (ABMP) has a national event called ‘Every Body Deserves a Massage’, which is a week where massage therapists are asked to go out into their community and raise awareness about the benefits of massage as well as donate their time, talent and treasure to a worthy cause.  I chose to promote Wyakin Warriors, and went to both locations to offer free chair massage once again.

While I was there, the Clinic Director of Mountain Land Physical Therapy came out and started chatting with me about the possibility of leasing space from them.  By October 1st, I had opened my doors and started seeing clients.

Also, in June of 2016, I started seeing a few of the Wyakin participants monthly, which is always an honor, a privilege and a blessing for me.  However, it has taken me three years of pursuing my goal to get to this point.

I accomplished my goal for 2016, but prepared for it and pursued it starting in 2013.  It doesn’t look exactly like I envisioned, as I never expected to be asked to move my practice to Mountain Land Physical Therapy’s office, (much to my delight!)

For 2017, I am going to re-fuel my vision, by having a stronger social online media presence, building my clientele, getting further training, and hopefully by this June, I will be able to accommodate more Wyakins.

What dreams, goals, projects or visions are you working on that haven’t come into fruition yet?  Losing weight?  Become more tech savvy?  Taking up Salsa dancing?  Don’t give up, sometimes it is a matter of timing.  We all know that nothing is accomplished overnight.

Re-ignite

What goals did you make last year that were interrupted for one reason or another?  Are there any that you would like to re-ignite? 

I was at what I considered a ‘good’ weight when I moved home four years ago.  Then I took a fall, had a concussion, and gained 20-25 pounds.  Not because of the fall, because I must have visited every single fast food restaurant that is contained within the Treasure Valley for about two months because I wasn’t dealing with what had happened.  I still haven’t lost weight, and now, more than ever, I want to stay ‘fit’ so that I am able to keep up with the physical demands of my business as it grows (thinking positive!).  I, too, am going to get ‘back on the wagon’ with my eating habits and exercise regime.  My father, who served as a Postmaster for Boise in the late 70’s, used to always say, “If you have your health, you have everything”.  This is certainly the truth.  We navigate life’s ups and downs better when we are feeling good, right?

This is a great time to join a health club, get a physical trainer, or take up a new fitness activity.  Don’t worry if you are on a limited budget, can’t find the time, or don’t like gyms.  There are other ways you can focus on your health:

  • Start walking, a half hour each day. If you can’t walk for 30 minutes, start with 10.
  • Start drinking more water and eliminate sugary sodas, drinks and juices.
  • Start eating more fresh vegetables and fruits than you normally do. Re-ignite

Re-fuse

This is my favorite of the three ‘R’s.  Most people look at unfinished goals as ‘failures’.  What if you reframed that view and look at unfinished goals as possibly just not the right goal for you?  Or perhaps that goal that you were so passionate about last year just doesn’t interest you anymore – where is the failure in that?  There is none.

What goals did you set out for yourself last year?  Do you want to ‘re-ignite’ them, or just to simply ‘re-fuse’ them?

If you are on a journey to lose ‘a few friends that came to visit and refuse to leave’, as I like to refer to my extra poundage as, then what limiting beliefs are you holding on to that, if you were to re-fuse and release, may just help encourage those friends to pack up their bags and go visit someone else?!  I bet I can guess –

“I’m not pretty enough”

“I’m not handsome enough”

“I’m not skinny enough”

“I’m not, I’m not, I’m not…”

YES, YOU ARE!

Break that record and do the work that helps you know this.  We all deal with these kinds of thoughts from time to time, and again, I believe it comes back to learning to love and accept yourself.

Now get ready to ‘Re-Fuel, Re-Ignite, and Re-Fuse’ your goals for 2017, and ‘Re-Cycle’ your life for yet another journey around the Sun and enjoy the ride!

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The Benefits of Massage & How to Choose a Qualified Therapist

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Massage Therapy has become one of the most effective forms of therapeutic self-care that you can invest in.  Massage is no longer considered just a luxury for the wealthy who are on beach vacations in a five-star resort in Tahiti, and the benefits that a legitimate, quality massage can bring you are multi-faceted.

In the last few years, the requirements across the United States have become more stringent for those who want to practice massage therapy as licensed professionals.  This has been done to raise the standards of bodyworkers, and to bring this ancient profession more into the medical mainstream.  All states in the U.S. now require a minimum of 500 C.E.U.’s to obtain your licensure with New York, Florida and Arizona requirements slightly higher.  Therapists are also generally required to complete a specific amount of continuing education credits after the initial 500 hours is completed as a way to keep them educated about the industry.

Benefits of Massage

The benefits of receiving massage are numerous.  Studies have found that massage may be helpful for:

  • Anxiety
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia related to stress
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Soft tissue strains or injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Temporomandibular joint pain

When you get a massage, your body receives many benefits: in several healthy ways:

  • Circulatory system – gets your blood flowing through your body.
  • Nervous system – reduces anxiety, providing a calming effect.
  • Organs – your organs receive stimulation when being massaged allowing them to work more effectively.
  • Musculature system – when massaged, muscles release the built up lactic acid, easing stiffness and pain.

Receiving a massage also promotes a sense of caring and well-being.

Massage, however, is NOT a replacement for regular medical care, and it is always wise to speak with your physician before embarking on a massage therapy regimen, especially if you have any injuries or illnesses.

Risks Associated with Massage

Even though massage therapy provides so many wonderful benefits to our body, mind and spirit, there are some risks involved if you currently experience:

  • Bleeding disorders or take blood-thinning medication
  • Burns or healing wounds
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Fractures
  • Severe osteoporosis
  • Severe thrombocytopenia
  • Pregnancy
  • Cancer

Once again, it is advised that you speak with your doctor if you experience any of the afore-mentioned symptoms or any physical illness or injury, past or present.

 

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Choosing a Qualified Massage Therapist

Now that the U.S. has increased the requirements for all massage therapists, anyone who is credentialed will have more medical knowledge under their belt than what has been allowed in the past, which is a benefit for all involved.  Finding a therapist may take a few tries, and you should never feel obligated to continue with a therapist that you do not feel completely comfortable with.  Many people come to my practice for the first time, and they are hesitant to ask for what they want. I always explain to my clients to remember that it is ‘YOUR money, YOUR time, and YOUR body’, and encourage them to advocate for what they feel they need.

Often times someone will come in with lower back pain, thinking that is where the issue is.  However, the pain may actually be in the upper back area.  A qualified therapist will know this, and work both areas.  However, I hear many stories of therapists who simply choose not to listen to their clients’ needs, and will use way too much pressure, too little pressure, or miss the main area that the client is complaining about completely.  Please know that you are under NO obligation to complete a massage with a therapist who is either hurting you or that you find offensive in some way.  Massage is a very intimate experience, and no one should be made to feel that their boundaries have been crossed or their desires unheard.

It is a good idea to find out what your therapist’s credentials are before you first appointment.  Just as a quality therapist will take a medical intake on your first visit, you are certainly justified in finding out about your therapist’s education.  Please don’t feel intimidated about asking, as those of us who pride ourselves on our skills and abilities have no problem sharing our credentials with you.  I have had my license since 2009, when I first graduated from the Healing Arts Institute in Citrus Heights, California, and I completed my schooling at the Fair Oaks Institute of Massage Therapy in Fair Oaks, California.  I have been licensed in the State of Idaho since 2012.

Looking for a therapist who fits your personality is also of paramount importance.  Some people like total solitude and quiet when receiving a massage, and some enjoy conversing with the therapist.  I personally like to keep my client relationships on a professional level, as often times people will share with private information with me about their current life circumstances or events, and I believe that my prior experience serving as a Chaplain, where I received extensive training in holding ‘sacred space’ and keeping respectful boundaries, is an asset to my clients.

It is imperative that you choose an establishment or practice that is clean, professional in appearance, and adheres to the State health code.  You may want to visit the location before you choose to get a massage there to see if their business meets your personal standards.  I am very fortunate to be located at Zoberski’s Spa-Lash at 5907 W. State Street in Boise where we offer a beautiful, serene and clean environment.

It is my hope that you will consider booking an appointment with me soon.  My first-time client rate is just $45 for a ‘Signature’ Swedish massage, and I offer package rates as well as special rates for cash payment.

For further information on rates and packages, please visit: www.Massagebook.com/biz/bodybless.

If you would like to find out more about Body Blessings Massage & Aromatherapy, please visit: www.bodyblessings.massagetherapy.com.

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