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Need a mind/body reboot?

Do you feel stretched in a hundred different directions?

Obligations, deadlines, appointments, meetings, work, housework, sports, everything. More often than not, it seems there aren’t enough hours in the day, or days in the week, for all that needs to be done. We’re on constant high alert. We’re always moving.

All this chaos can be hard on your body and mind.

When this happens, we tend to be less mindful of our eating, start chasing sleep like it’s a lively kitten, or we get snippy with loved ones and coworkers.

The effects of this day-to-day stress are cumulative for most of us. Stiff joints get stiffer. Cranky shoulders get crankier, then one rogue golf swing or one heavy laundry basket makes it worse.

If fitness is your dinner, massage is your treat!

Massage is the mini-vacation you probably need, without the sand in your shoes and having to pull your computer out of your backpack.

Massage therapy is a reboot. It’s the control-alt-delete for your body and mind.
A massage resets your thoughts, slows your pulse, regulates your breathing, and recharges your mind.

Spend some time on my massage table, taking care of you. You can schedule online right here, or call me at 904-274-1584 to make your appointment.

7 Ways to Indulge in Procrastination

Napping cat

                 It’s ok to nap sometimes

In many ways “procrastination” is a bad word. To some it implies laziness, being unmotivated, distracted, unfocused and countless other trigger words. It means that we aren’t getting the things done we’re supposed to and we are failing as contributing adults.* Maybe that’s true, or maybe it’s not. The point is we heap a bunch of responsibilities and pressure on ourselves. There is always a deadline and there is always the next thing to complete.

But where is the real procrastination?

More often than not we are procrastinating on our self-care and the things that really matter. This National Procrastination Week (March 5-11), let’s focus on the holiday that is devoted to putting things off and delaying those oh-so-important tasks.

The focus for this holiday isn’t inactivity, but in being active in getting a mental and emotional break which will lead to decreased stress and anxiety. As a massage therapist, I am all about that.

Here are a few ways you can indulge in procrastination. (Don’t worry, all that other stuff will still be there when you’re done.)

Read

Ahhh, a good book – there’s nothing like it. No matter the genre, reading is the quickest escape route into another land. Once you pass through that portal there’s no turning back. And if business or finance books are more your speed, there’s nothing wrong with that. Sometimes the escape is in learning something new. Grab your library card or pay your local bookstore a visit. Many great reads await you.

Create

Is there a hobby or enjoyable activity you’ve been putting off? Now is a good time to pick it up. Bake your favorite cookies. Cook a meal that reminds you of someone special. Knit a scarf. Write in a journal. Paint a canvas, an end table, or a masterpiece. Whatever your “thing” is, lose yourself in it.

Clean

Raise your hand if you procrastinate on doing dishes and laundry. (*raises hand*) While some find household chores relaxing,**  others can’t stand them or just never seem to have the time for them. Cleaning has become a “hurry up and get it over with” activity. Slow down a little and do the dishes by hand. Even if you don’t find it relaxing, you’ll walk away with a little more gratitude for the modern-day luxuries.

Exercise

In some instances, exercise has become another chore. We do it because we know we need to and it will keep us fit and healthy. Sometimes we don’t see the benefit until it’s over and working out becomes another task we must complete. Try approaching exercise in a new way. Find something you enjoy doing. Something you can look forward to. Try yoga or meditation (for those with busy minds, keep a notebook nearby to jot down fleeting thoughts) or go for a walk on a new trail or in a different neighborhood. Just get out there and move.

Drink

Coffee, tea, water…margaritas–your choice. Get dressed up for a night on the town or dress down for a night in. Fly solo or invite a friend. For some, socializing recharges their batteries while others find energy in solitude. Do what suits you and I promise you’ll feel refreshed.

Nap

Find the nearest hammock, couch or shade. Sleep is essential and we don’t get nearly enough. The benefits of sleep range from improved memory, sparked creativity, improved athletic performance and weight loss to lower anxiety and depression levels. Granted, getting a good night’s sleep won’t prevent you from all disease, but quality sleep is a key factor in a healthy lifestyle.

Massage

It’s no surprise that one of my favorite ways to indulge in procrastination is through massage. I would get one everyday if I could. The mental and physical break in a treatment room cannot be beat. And if you’re still feeling the need to be productive, multitask by scheduling a massage and nap on the table/mat!

In case you didn’t pick up on it, procrastination week is also about changing habits. It’s about incorporating enjoyable activities in our busy, stressed out lives. It’s about finding some peace while being productive and keeping things in balance. Being riddled with daily stress and anxiety serves no one. Especially you.

*I’m a vocabulary nerd, and I took Latin in high school–the word is a combination of “pro” (meaning “forward) and “cras” (meaning “tomorrow”)

**Personally, I love vacuuming, and I partook in that activity while I was putting off editing this post.

A Look Back at 2016

Sometimes it’s easy to forget what I accomplish in a year, but here are some of my favorite (mostly) business-related things that I got done in 2016.

1) FCNMHP fundraisers—I did one in May and one in September, and, in total, we helped raise $560 for First Coast No More Homeless Pets, plus food and supplies for local cats and dogs in need. Thank you again, and hopefully we can do more good in 2017!

FCNMHP fundraiser collage

2) Online schedulingHave you tried this yet? It’s very simple and many of you have mentioned how much you like it. Remember, if you don’t see the time you’re looking for (or you’re trying for something same-day), do give me a call, because I might still be able to accommodate your request.

3) One year at current location—2015 saw several moves, but I’m so glad that this one has worked out, and I’ve been here for more than a year now. Also, I’ve had some officemate changes, and now my LMT friend Dawn is back, and the room is now all massage, all the time, plus we share a small second room, so there shouldn’t be any interruptions in scheduling. It’s small, but I’ve done both table and Thai massages in there, and it worked out just fine!

Massage room collage

New small room on top, fresh new layout of big room below

4) Running and runners—I started running again back in the summer, and have participated in several 5Ks this year, and even my first 10K. All this seems to have attracted more runners to my practice, and many of them have found Thai massage to be very helpful, especially for the legs and hips. Also, I discovered SportSuds detergent, which is amazing at cleaning workout clothes, but also those old towels that smell like dogs, even though you don’t have dogs (you know the ones!)

5) Thai massage videos—Speaking of Thai massage, it’s so much easier to understand this modality when you can see it in action, and I’m happy that this year I took a leap and had some friends help me make some video examples.

6) Resistance/Release workshops—In January and December, I was lucky to attend more workshops with Deane Juhan, deepening my knowledge and experience with this work, which helps engage the body with the mind through resistance, movement, and awareness. There are many ways to nurture and heal the body, and this kind of work encourages you to become a participant in your own healing.

Casa Micanopy collage

7) Cooking classes—I took a series of plant-based cooking classes early this year from Dawn Hutchins of Florida Coastal Cooking, which taught simple ways to eat more plants, eat locally, and to cook healthy delicious dishes. If you’re looking to improve how you eat in the New Year, definitely check out her website, which has lots of great info and recipes.

8)  Cultivating C.H.I. Retreat— I teamed up with some other health and wellness friends to guest-present at Cultivate Holistic Health’s first retreat, hosted by the wonderful Barbara Reid. It really took me out of my comfort zone, but it was so rewarding. I gave a presentation on the benefits of Thai massage, and taking the time for self care, and gave some Thai massage demonstrations. We had an excellent day of healing, relaxation, and renewal. If you’re interested in joining the next retreat, go to her website, and get on her list!

9) Informative post—I’m always trying to make sure my website is clear and informative, and I welcome your suggestions if you feel like something is missing! In October, I wrote a post so you could know just what you get from a massage with me. 

10) Folding a fitted sheet—Last but not least, I threw together this video, because I fold A LOT of sheets, and this is a very simple way to fold a fitted sheet, which seems to be the bane of many’s existence. It was surprisingly popular!

What things went well for you in 2016?

What you get from a $75 Massage

(Note: Beginning November 1, 2016, the price for a 60 minute massage will increase to $75.)

For most people, money is the biggest obstacle to getting regular massage. There, I said it. We don’t like to talk about money, it’s supposed to be a private issue. But I’m addressing it head on. Regular massage is a considerable budget item, and it’s important to acknowledge that.

I know this becauseAnnalisa Derryberry neck massage

  • I walk the walk and get regular massage.
  • if I don’t plan for it, massage doesn’t happen.

But if I expect you to jiggle the numbers and budget $75 for a massage every week, month, or quarter, it’s my job to tell you what you’re buying. So here it is, what you get from a 1 hour, $75 massage, at the office of Annalisa Derryberry, LMT (MA43061 MM30953). Continue reading

5 Tips for Neck and Shoulder Care Between Massage Appointments

People with neck and shoulder issues often have their pain return before their next massage appointment. Work, play, and children all make demands on the body. A dull ache can quickly turn into a burning pain while doing household chores, working/playing on the computer, or any of your other daily activities.

What can you do between professional massage appointments to take the edge off neck and shoulder pain? Try one or more of the following! Continue reading

A few self-care ideas

self care

The following suggestions are just meant give you some ideas on things you can do on your own to relax. If you have any medical issues, please consult your doctor first!

Have a cup of herbal tea

Chamomile is perfect for relaxing. Make sure you cover your teacup/mug while it is steeping, so the essential oils don’t escape and evaporate with the steam.

Soak your feet in a mini-Epsom salts bath

Fill a small tub with warm water and 1/2 cup Epsom salts. You can use a few drops of essential oil (in massage school, we used Olbas herbal bath), and soak for about 10-15 minutes. Epsom salts also make a great scrub for the legs and feet, so you could pour some of that 1/2 cup into your palm, add a few drops of water to make a paste, and then rub it into your skin before plunking your feet into the tub of water–just remember to do it all over the tub so the excess falls into the water!

Massage your face and scalp

Pretty self-explanatory, but a wonderful experience nonetheless. Using the pads of your fingertips, gently press and mush your facial tissue around in small circles. Don’t forget the eyebrows and around the ears and jaw. This will help release tension and increase circulation in these frequently used muscles.

Alternate nostril breathing

It’s pretty simple once you get the hang of it, and like the previous tip, you always have this practice right at your fingertips (hee hee!). Block off your right nostril and breathe in through your left nostril. Next block the left nostril, release the right, and exhale through the right nostril. Inhale through the right, block the right nostril, release the left, and finally exhale through the left side. You have now completed one round. Aim to complete 5 to 10 rounds. You can learn more about the technique here.

 

3 Things Massage Can Help You With Right Now

Did you know: Bob Hope lived to 100 years old, and he and his family accredited that, in part, to the massages he got almost every day. Now, daily massage probably isn’t practical for most of us, but what about weekly or monthly visits? Massage is no longer considered a mere indulgence–it’s now proven to be an essential part of your health and wellness tool kit.

Frequent massage can have a great cumulative effect, but if life gets in the way, or maybe you’re brand new to massage, just one session can still provide relief to some common issues. Check out these three things massage can help you with right now.
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