10 Moments of Thanks from 2019
- My CLEAN PET SCAN! confirming I am still cancer-free!
- My husband who supports me, who spent a recent weekend with our 5 kids so I could learn more about massage and my own goals and practice
- My small business that provides me opportunities to learn, grow, and add to my community
- My career that provides me opportunities to serve others
- My house, which had seemed impossible in our crazy Seattle market!
- My community of friends, which has made this place feel much more like home in the past few years
- My family of siblings, parents, in-laws, and nieces and nephews who offer their support, love, guidance and fun to me, my husband and kids
- My group of doula clients who bring me into the most important moments of their lives with trust and open arms
- My opportunities for growth, both personal and profession
- and finally, My massage clients because it brings me great joy to come to work knowing I get to help you heal, encourage you to relax, and walk with you in a small way in your journey through life
Doing something with my gratitude
The more I think about this past year and all it has brought me, the more I want to thank every one of you who has come for treatment. Choosing me as your massage therapist is such a wonderful gift! And so, I want to give you all a gift in return.
In the spirit of the season of savings we all have come to know as Black Friday, I’m offering the very best promotions I can! Starting tomorrow morning, I’ll be sending out emails throughout the day letting you in on amazing savings opportunities!
There are a very limited quantity of discounts available, so snag up how ever many you want when you have the chance. Each savings code has only 10 uses!
- 50% off any service/gift certificate
- … 40% off any service/gift certificate
- … … 30% off hot stone/gift certificate
Let’s not forget about SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY! You can also save on your treatments while supporting me as a small business in your community!
All of the promotional emails will give you the details on discounts and how and when they can be used. Here’s a brief overview:
- $60 for three 60-minute or one 180-minute massage package
- $100 off three 90-minute or one 270-minute massage package
Thank you, thank you, thank you for supporting my business!
Massage for back-pain relief
Back pain is no joke! So many adults suffer from twinges, spasms, or slippery back discs. And the reasons for the back pain are across the board, from injuries to sneezes. (My dad threw out his back sneezing once!) My younger sister had a rib slip out of place because of bad posture while breastfeeding and now, three years later, still finds herself suddenly in pain. What’s really important to remember is that any back pain needs attention – don’t wait to get relief until you can’t move or can’t sleep! Not everybody realizes that massage is a powerful painkiller with long-term benefits.
Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain and if you’re one of the 31 million Americans who suffers with back pain at some point in their life, you’ll know how miserable it can be. If you are dealing with chronic back pain – which is pain that’s lasted more than three months and less than six – it can impact on your daily life, and stop you doing things you want to do. You could be reliant on drugs to keep you mobile or help you sleep.
The vicious pain cycle
If you can no longer exercise pain-free, you might end up in a vicious cycle of inactivity which makes your pain worse, which stops you being active. Or you could just increase your meds but that just masks the problem. Also, some strong pain meds contain painkillers opioids like codeine which can lose their power over time as you build up a tolerance to their effects. They can also have unwanted side effects.
What you need is a way to manage your back pain that is effective but doesn’t have the side effects. Wouldn’t you know it, research has shown that regular massage along with your prescribed medication and any other advice from your healthcare supplier can be so powerful that you might be able to decrease the number of painkillers you need to manage your back pain and start to live a more active life.
How massage can help beat back pain
A massage session doesn’t just relax you, it can help to promote tissue repair, improve the blood circulation and does wonders for your stress levels and mood. Recent research showed that regular massage therapy combined with exercise helped people suffering from chronic back pain to feel less anxious about their condition too. The study, which took place at a pain management clinic in Western New York, involved sixty chronic low back pain patients who were split into two groups. One group received regular massage therapy, twice a week for four weeks, along with their regular treatment, and one group only carried on with their prescribed treatments.
The participants all recorded their own pain levels before and after having massage therapy on a scale of one to ten. There was a significant difference between the pre-and post-treatment pain rating in the group that had regular massage, but the control group who carried on as normal reported no changes to their pain levels.
If you suffer with back pain and want to try something different – book that massage session now.
This week, my kids started back at school. Jack is about to become (pinch me, it can’t be real!!) a teenager! I can hardly believe how fast life has flown by since he was born. Desiree and Lucille are third graders, each on their own unique path but also delightfully on those paths together. My little ones are three, but that didn’t stop them from demanding I pack them a cold lunch and take their back-to-school pictures! Whew! It’s hard to believe summer is over and I’m about to tackle head-on scouting, religion classes, school concerts, American Heritage Girls, community choir, childcare needs, and so much more! God, grant me patience and lots of time for sleep!
As adults, we feel the back-to-school pressures with new schedules, instilling routines, hustling kids to activities, making sure everyone is eating a balanced diet, keeping up on homework responsibilities, and… well, you get it! But, how often do we stop and consider how are kids are dealing with all of these new things? As a mom, I know that I get caught up in making sure everything on our schedule is happening that I often forget who exactly it is happening to! This is where a great resource can help us out.
When we take time for ourselves to wind down and provide our bodies with beneficial stress relief, we feel so much more able to meet the demands of our everyday life. This is something we can offer our kids, too!
This great book, A Modern Day Guide to Massage for Children, is a wonderfully illustrated guide to offering our kids productive, healthy touch. Using this guide, you can integrate massage into your home life with pockets of time for you and your kids to bond through relaxation.
Parenting is nothing short of a marathon in daily life and long-term. Even though I want to be the mom who never raises my voice and whose kids eat carrots and hummus while delightfully reading books of poetry, instead we often find ourselves couch lounging with frozen pizza. But! I really love and savor the moments when I entice them with massage, connecting with them one-on-one while also giving them loving touch that benefits their whole being. I hope that I can offer you, my clients, pockets of relaxation this school year and that in turn, we can all reach into our families with that same healing intention. Let’s welcome fall with joy and a good foot rub!
When my oldest sister’s first baby was born it was my first experience of labor and delivery. She chose to labor at home for a significant portion of her birth, and I was lucky enough to support her during that experience. Her birth experience ended up not unfolding at all the way she planned because babies have their own plan for coming into this world. As I watched her path to motherhood unfold, I was amazed by how many people it took to support a woman in labor and I felt drawn to the web of love and knowledge that surrounded her.
Fast forward a dozen short months and I learned even more about pregnancy, labor, and delivery with my own first baby. As part of my web of support, I was blessed to have a Doula help me through Jack’s birth. Having her with me allowed me to labor comfortably at home for my entire labor. She supported me with massage, moving labor positions, and relaxation techniques, all while being excellent moral support during the 10 hours she was with me at home. At the hospital she stayed beside me, keeping me on track with all of these things as I was transferred into the care of the doctors and nurses on duty.
My doula and my labor partner (the same sister who inadvertently introduced me to the birth process!) were my voice at the hospital. While I was deeply focused on processing my contractions, keeping my breathing steady, and finding my inner strength, I was not able to communicate any of my needs or wants, let alone answer any questions that came my way. Instead, it was Sarah and Jennifer who listened to all the medical information, relayed it to me in ways I could process, and helped steer my birth experience as close to my birth plan as possible.
Even though I knew what to expect from birthing babies by my third pregnancy, I still chose to have a Doula with me. As someone who really doesn’t like needles or medical procedures, I really wanted to have a natural delivery of my second set of twins, just as I had done with the first. But, as I said before, babies have their own plans for coming into this world. These babies were no different and one of my twins was breech, so it was medically necessary that I have a c-section. It was my Doula who offered me calming techniques and reassurance as I went into a surgery I was not emotionally prepared for. My husband and I also asked her to be with us during that experience in case there was an emergency with me or with one of the babies. Because she was present, it would have given me continued support regardless of what my husband needed to do for our new babies. It was the continual support that really made me feel as though I had a rich birth experience with my last babies, even though their birth was so different from my others.
A few years ago, my sister-in-law asked me to be with her during her labor as a support person. Being part of her birth story by supporting her through labor and delivery was both humbling and so fulfilling! My deep appreciation of the birth support web grew, even more, when I was so central to it. It was at this point that I knew I wanted to train as a Doula and support more women through their journeys. In April 2018, I completed the BigBelly DONA training and am now a certified Doula. I am working towards completing my hours needed for full certification so that I can incorporate birth experiences into my practice. I’ve already supported mothers beyond my family and I’ve loved every moment of it! If you or someone you love is on a birth journey, I’d be honored to offer them Doula support!
Fix Or Repair Daily: that’s the corny acronym some loyal Chevy drivers ascribe to Ford trucks. I know this because I grew up in a somewhat rural area of Northern California, where one is apt to absorb such knowledge. Regardless of vehicular preferences, I find myself reflecting frequently on this acronym as a cheeky but useful reminder of how my body needs to be treated.
Health is a concept often presented as a static state; as homeostasis: the state our body prefers to return to if only we would get out of its way. If we could only eat enough antioxidants, do enough cardio, exert enough effort and control over our food, time, stress level… if we DO enough, we can be enough. We can have health once and for all. It’s a race we can never win.
This paradigm pits the individual against a myriad of forces outside of our control: time, our environment, those pesky genes. It leaves us striving for an ephemeral concept. And when we inevitably fail at achieving perfect health, we wind up with no one to blame but ourselves. My own experiences have shown me that control over my health drifts somewhere between tenuous and illusory. I held tightly to this idealized model of health until chronic back pain and the tumult of bearing children loosened my grip and opened my eyes to a new way of seeing it.
As a massage therapist, I offer you an alternative, dynamic view of health. One in which our bodies request and we respond; one in which we meet ourselves where we are today and develop a nurturing dialogue with our bodies. Health is a dance and a conversation. Endlessly changing, but constantly lending us the chance to know ourselves better. Massage is a way to bring a third party into that conversation between ourselves and our bodies.