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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 to expect at your massage appointment

Are you new to massage? Or maybe just curious what goes on during a massage session at my office? Well, you’ve come to the right place, because in this post I’m going to outline what to expect, including specifics for both a traditional therapeutic massage on the table, and a Thai yoga massage. Continue reading

Ch-ch-ch-changes

(10/4/16 UPDATE: I’m now in a different office, but it’s almost right next door…)

Well, it’s August, folks. How did that happen so fast?

After 7 years (3 of those involving a commute), I have decided to say goodbye to my friends, colleagues, and loyal clients at A Center for Therapeutic Massage in Gainesville. I love the town and the office, but it felt like it was time to focus my energies here in Jacksonville. If you are ever in Gainesville, and find yourself in need of an excellent massage, call the therapists at CTM–they are some of the best in the business! I’m so grateful for my time there, and for all the wonderful people I’ve worked on over the years. Gainesville has a special place in my heart. 🙂

I’m not sure how “new” this news is anymore, but back in the spring, I switched to a larger room in the same location–it has tile floor and lots of room to stretch out during Thai massages. IMG_20140801_134849 In May, I painted the room a pretty mint green to freshen things up, and just recently, I’ve added some sheer curtains, a burbling fountain, and some new stuff from my old office in Gainesville. IMG_20140728_113223It’s looking and feeling really nice, and there will probably be a few more little tweaks coming up. The only constant is change, right?

IMG_20140627_083712Even the kitties like it!

Get to know me!

Updated 10/04/16

WHO

…am I? My name is Annalisa, and I’m a massage therapist/cat lover/bookworm/Florida native, for starters. I have a degree in English from the University of Florida, and I graduated from the Florida School of Massage in Gainesville in 2004.

WHAT

…do I do? I do various forms of massage and bodywork, mainly deep tissue and Thai massage.

WHERE

…am I located? In Jacksonville, my office is in the Mandarin area, at 3000 Hartley Road, Suite 11, Jacksonville, FL, 32257.

WHEN

…am I available? You can see my hours here.

WHY

…should you care? I’m pretty good at what I do, or so I’ve been told. I’ll listen to what you need from your massage, both before and during the session, and I’ll adjust accordingly, to the best of my ability. I care about helping people feel better.

HOW

…much does a massage cost? One hour is $65, an hour and a half is $95, and half an hour is $40. I accept cash, check, and credit cards.

 

Changes!

(UPDATE 10/21/16: The very first post on this blog 🙂 )

annalisa buddha

There are a lot of things and ideas brewing in my life and business at the moment, and this is the space where I will share them with you. Stay tuned!