Tag: relaxation

The Wills and Won’ts of How I Work

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine wrote a great blog post on what she will and what she will not do when you come for a massage. I loved it and instantly wished all businesses everywhere would write up similar lists. Her point was that we all have different styles, techniques, and personalities. We all have different ideas about…

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…

Songs to Soothe You

I’ve got music on my mind today. There’s a music only yoga class at Sacred on Sunday evenings, instruction at a minimum. It’s a standard Bikram-style sequence, so it works for anyone who’s taken a similar class before, and it is beautiful, a room full of people breathing together and moving silently and in sequence, adjustments to poses coming from…

Running Piglet

The other day, I mentioned my terrific acupuncturist, how one of the things that I like about her is that she talks through treatment strategies with me. Acupuncture is based on the same philosophy as shiatsu, so there is some overlap in our knowledge. I understand where the primary meridians are, and I know what it means when she says…

Spontaneous Adjustments May Occur

We massage therapists are not allowed to do spinal manipulations, and rightly so! We are not chiropractors or osteopaths, and even though we get to know the spine pretty well in our training, we don’t get into it the way these doctors do. Occasionally, a client will ask for a little back cracking, and I always explain this and politely…

Relax! You’ll Be More Productive!

This weekend, The New York Times published an opinion piece by Tony Schwartz with this title.  The author is the CEO of The Energy Project. The premise of the piece is that incorporating relaxation into your day (and life) boosts energy and, subsequently, boosts workplace performance. The full Times article is here. It’s worth a read. Here are some of my favorite nuggets. On…

Massage for Kindness

I had a last minute client the other day. She called first thing in the morning, and the only time I could squeeze her in was soon after the call. She said she’d hang up and be right there. When I asked what she wanted to work on during our time together, she said that she was in need of…