Category: Massage

I wanna be your cupid

It’s no secret that I love Valentine’s Day and always have. It all started when I was little and my mom would make heart-shaped egg in a hole for breakfast. That little whole wheat sliced bread heart, kissed in butter in the cast iron pan, only came around once a year. At school, there was the exchange of cards and…

There’s a New Body Part!

THERE’S A NEW BODY PART! It’s been there the whole time, of course, this ligament in the knee, but we didn’t know about it until now! Those who do not run in the same social media circles as me may not have been inundated with posts on this a couple of weeks ago. But  some of you have probably seen…

5 Things You Can Do Instead of Leaving Me a Tip

Tipping is a hotly contested issue in massage therapy. Some massage therapists depend on gratuity to make ends meet. Some think tipping is altogether inappropriate for our profession. Others just find the whole thing awkward. Where do I fall? It depends on the setting. When visiting a spa spa, unless they have an actual no tipping policy, your therapist is…

A Little Rest

I fell asleep in yoga class today. Final savasana, hot room, rain pattering ever so gently outside. It had been kind of a tough class, one of those days where I was acutely aware of tension in the upper traps and some lower back stiffness, and working through and releasing shortened muscles was a challenge. I only slept for five…

It’s Pay what you Desire time! Sliding Scale massage at Sacred

Pay What You Desire week has arrived at Sacred once again. New classes, the triumphant return of some fabulous former teachers, all kinds of goodness, all pay what you want, what you can, what you desire. Inspired once again by Sacred’s offer of affordable access to feeling good, I’m offering massage on a sliding scale this Friday and Saturday, because you — yes you —…

The Jiffy Lube of Neck Fixing

The other night, I was hanging at home watching Al Madrigal’s comedy special, and he mentioned hurting his neck while sleeping. “As a man,” he said, “You have very few massage options.” I braced myself. Massage comes up in comedy from time to time, frequently in borderline offensive ways. I tend not to get riled up over these things, but…

Obsession of the Week: Breath

In all lines of work, we can form obsessions. I’m not talking big, unhealthy obsessions, but little ones, tasks or concepts we relish because we believe they are the key to so much more. In my previous career as a fundraiser, the database was my baby — I developed an actual passion for getting data squeaky clean.  I love these…

How to Get a Massage

Yesterday, I wrote a note to people who have a hard time relaxing. Sometimes the transition from mile-a-minute NYC life to lying still for an hour or more can be a little bumpy. Massage tends to smooth it out on its own; daily stresses melt away over the course of an hour or so. As a massage therapist, it is…

Taking it Easy isn’t Always Easy

I have a confession to make. I haven’t always been good at getting a massage. I don’t mean booking a massage and putting it on my calendar — this is not a post about scheduling (though that is also important). This is a post about what to do when you get through the door, because it doesn’t always come naturally.…