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.

“Has Your Body Been Blessed Today?”


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.” (

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


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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?

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.


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.



EveryBody Deserves a Massage a Success!

Last week’s ‘ Every Body Deserves a Massage ‘ week sponsored by the Associated Bodyworkers and Massage Professionals (ABMP) was a HUGE success with the help of Idaho Athletic Club and managers like Austin at the Eagle, ID location.

For each ONE HOUR massage purchased at $29, Body Blessings Massage & Aromatherapy
( is donating the equivalent to the Wyakin organization for their current participants and their wives to be able to receive FREE massage while they are in the program. So far, I have 30 ONE HOUR massages to donate to the Wyakin Warriors Foundation ( and there are still two weeks to go!  If you are interested in this wonderful event, contact (208) 853-6299.13659036_524515337731615_6833808661776153849_n

The use of massage therapy has boomed in the last two decades. Massage has proven health benefits, such as effectiveness in treating persistent back pain and arthritis pain, reduces anxiety and tension, as well as strengthening the immune system. It also reduces symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Consumer research shows firsttime massage therapy clients report very positive feelings about their experience. Consumers can enjoy peace of mind knowing ABMP members meet state licensing and educational requirements, as well as adhering to the ABMP code of ethics.