(10/21/16–this is from a few years ago, and so my room looks different, but this is a good example of what my Thai massage set up is usually like!)
I was looking at the website of one of my Thai Massage teachers, and saw this:
Thai yoga massage is most effective as a form of preventive medicine –much like regular oil changes for a car, having periodic massage is one of the ways we can keep our bodies in good working order and avoid major breakdowns. In general, we recommend having a massage a minimum of once a month and as often as once a week, depending on your body`s condition and your personal goals.
I love this sentiment, and it applies to regular massage as well. I’ve met so many people who only get a massage once or twice a year. One hour of massage (or even two) out of approximately 8766 hours in a year is not enough!
How often do you get a massage? How often would you like to? What’s stopping you?
Thai Foot Reflexology (or Thai Foot Massage) combines acupressure, stretching, and massage of the legs and feet with reflexology done with lotion and a wooden stick. I generally give the work in a manner similar to Thai massage, with the fully clothed recipient lying on a mat on the floor for the duration of the session. However, it can be done on the table, often as an add-on to a regular massage by request.
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
(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. 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. It’s looking and feeling really nice, and there will probably be a few more little tweaks coming up. The only constant is change, right?
Even the kitties like it!
Today was the final day of the Advanced Sideline Thai Massage workshop at Ananda Kula, with my wonderful teacher Ariela Grodner. It was so nice to be with a small group of people who are all really focused on learning this beautiful work. It really is an art, and when both the giver and the receiver are fully relaxed and present, it is like a dance. When I was first introduced to this primarily sideline sequence 6 years ago, it was very challenging, and I think I let a lot of stuff fall by the wayside. This weekend, though, it didn’t seem as bad, and I think I’ll definitely be putting this sequence to use. I want to say thank you again to this sweet group of people for a weekend well spent!
Collages courtesy of Ariela Grodner.
…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.
…do I do? I do various forms of massage and bodywork, mainly deep tissue and Thai massage.
…am I located? In Jacksonville, my office is in the Mandarin area, at 3000 Hartley Road, Suite 11, Jacksonville, FL, 32257.
…am I available? You can see my hours here.
…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.
…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.
This morning, my parents had to make a sad decision to say goodbye to our special cat friend, Patches.
Despite having been injured several times in her early life before she was rescued by a good friend of mine, Patches was incredibly sweet and loving and had a loud, rumbling purr, and she helped me learn and focus metta, or loving-kindness. She came to live with me for a few years at the beginning of my massage career, and we had a special little daily routine. Everyday when I’d come home from work, I’d head back to lie on my bed, and she would race back with me, leap on the bed, and crawl up onto my chest and purr. During that time, I began learning Thai massage, and when my teacher asked us to focus on our heart center to help us develop metta, I used that memory of Miss Patches, warm and purring in the center of my chest.
A few years later, Patches became my parents’ cat. Her original caretaker and I are so grateful that they were able to give her another loving home, and we have felt like she was meant to be with them all along.
She will always have a special place in our hearts. We love you, Patches, and thank you for loving us so unconditionally.