The most Frequently Asked Question in massage: Do I need to get totally undressed?
No. Absolutely not.
I think most massage therapists and bodyworkers (including myself) were taught in school to say, “Undress to your level of comfort.” However, I think that’s probably way too vague, and people new to massage have no idea what that means. Here’s what you need to know about clothing during specific sessions I offer: Continue reading
Hey folks! I realized recently that when I talk about gift certificates, I’m generally talking to people who are already my clients, which is great, but I really ought to be talking to their loved ones, who might be thinking about what to get them for a gift. They might know that a massage might be a good choice, but maybe they don’t know who they usually go to, or how to get a gift certificate, etc. So to help, I decided to make a little note that my clients (or even potential ones) can use for inspiration! Feel free to use this and personalize it, or create your own way. Check it out:
Dear significant other/child/employer/Santa,
It’s one of those times of year where you might be trying to think of a gift for me. While I’ve enjoyed the socks/ties/perfume/jam-of-the-month club memberships you’ve gotten me in the past, I have another idea…what I’d really love is a massage/Thai massage/reflexology session with Annalisa Derryberry, LMT. It’s something I’ll definitely use, and I’ll be a happier, more relaxed partner/parent/employee/believer-in-you.
You can purchase a session or a package at her store online, and she’ll email you a gift certificate you can print out and stick in a card or stocking, or get an e-gift card for a dollar amount that I can use for any of her services. It’s really easy, you’ll be supporting a friendly local business, and I’ll be sure to sing your praises as the best gift giver EVER!
Thank you, favorite person!
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 because
- 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
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.
Did you know Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14th this year?
Whether you are a mother, have a mother, or know a mother, Mother’s Day is time to honor those who’ve played this important role. Stepmothers, birth-mothers, and godmothers too. While there are as many ways of being a mother as there are moms in the world, one thing is certain: it’s a tough job, but a rewarding one. Here are some ways massage might be of service to the mothers in your life. Continue reading
The other day, a new client asked me if I ever did scalp massage. I said “yes, in almost every session,” and that she would be receiving one at the end of her massage. It turns out that, even though she had received a few massages over the years, she hadn’t ever had her scalp worked on! I’m always surprised if it gets left out, because it’s one of my favorite parts. It’s such a crucial area–especially for headaches and stress relief. I can hear it right now, though: some of you are saying “Wait, I have muscles in my scalp?!” Continue reading
…before you wreck yourself!
Hopefully, you have the day off today, but that doesn’t mean you’re not slouched at a computer or a smartphone! These little videos can help you adjust your posture while you’re on one your devices. As much as I would love to give you a great neck and shoulder massage after you’ve fallen for hours down the rabbit hole of the internet, it’s important to be aware of how you are positioned, because you can really get into a world of hurt. Make sure you also get up to walk around and stretch, and don’t forget to breathe! And while you’re at it, make sure you have a massage scheduled.
Today’s muscle is the psoas, the main muscle providing hip flexion.
“Psoas Major muscle” by Anatomography – CC BY-SA
Hey there– you deserve to see something cute. Check out this littlest monkey and how much she enjoys getting a massage: http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/deaf-orphan-marmoset-loves-toothbrush-massage1
Even better, she knows not to skip getting her head massaged!
Ok, folks! I hope you are having a good week. Monday and Tuesday were so busy and stressful for me…I felt a little like I was being tossed around in a big wave. I did get several things done, however. I gave a little speech about Thai Massage (which I have been assured was not as bad as I thought), changed my insurance plan (to make it less expensive and include my husband finally), and went to a networking meeting. Today I have a little rest, which means I will make a big pot of soup, and also finally give you the next installment of Muscle Monday, just a few days late! Today, the sternocleidomastoid! Continue reading