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Take A Rest, Leave Your Stress

As we approach the holidays and the end of the year, why not be kind to your body and mind, and invite a little more rest into your days?

A few weeks ago, I shared these pictures in my Instagram stories as part of a “5 days of rest” challenge, but I’ve been getting some requests to share them in post form, and so here you go! (Click on a picture to see it larger.)

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What’s new(ish) around here?

Hi folks! I thought I’d catch you up on some things and alert you to new happenings:

I’m still asking everyone to continue to wear a mask before, during, and after all in-office sessions. Thank you again to everyone who has been coming in since I reopened. I appreciate you all immensely!

Are you aware of my virtual offerings?

You can watch/participate from the comfort of your own home. They include:

my YouTube page, which features yoga classes and self care videos,

-Yoga Nidra (guided relaxation) sessions every Wednesday at 7pm on Zoom. The sessions are free and about 45 minutes long, and only requires you to listen to my words. It’s best done in a comfortable position in an area where you’re unlikely to be disturbed. If that sounds interesting, give it a try by signing up at this page,

and beginning 11/5/21: Friday Unwind! This 30 minute class via Zoom will be Fridays at 5:30pm, starting in November. It will combine a bit of gentle stretching, self massage, and guided relaxation, all to help you unwind and decompress from the week. It’s just $10 per class, and everyone who registers get a recording of the class, whether you can attend or not. You can register at this link.

Woman reclining on her back whilereceiving Table Yomassage.

Here are a few new things in the office:

Table Yomassage®: Quiet your mind and relax your body with this combo of touch, stretch, and breath on the table!
You relax fully-clothed in calming, supported positions on the table, melting more and more as you listen to a guided meditation and receive comforting massage from head to toe! (Masks are still required.) Watch videos to get an idea and schedule your appointment here.

Hand/Foot Paraffin add-ons: Try one of these for some extra-soothing heat that deeply penetrates into your hands and/or feet for just $10. There is also a special option for reflexology, which will add 15 min of head and neck massage plus the paraffin treatment for $25. Add-ons can be selected when you schedule online, or if you always schedule after your appointment, just let me know and I can add it for you!

5/3/21: I’m reopening–bring your mask!

Hi folks, I’m fully vaccinated, and I’m starting to reopen my schedule!

First, a few things you should know: 

  • Masks are required (regardless of vaccination status) the whole time. The office as a whole is shared by multiple people, and while I cannot control what goes on outside of my room, I have added extra time in between sessions for cleaning and airing out of the room, several new HEPA air purifiers run in my room the entire time, and the window is opened between appointments to increase fresh air. Let’s continue to be mindful, and take precautions to protect each other!
  • If you should arrive early, it’s probably best to wait outside in your car until a few minutes before your session. You may also call or text me to let me know when you arrive. 
  • I will have you fill out a new intake form before you come in. 
  • If you have a vaccination appointment scheduled, please wait at least 4 days after receiving a vaccination dose to get a massage.
  • Please do not come in if you are sick, or feel like you’re getting sick. Massages are great, but they really won’t help you feel better in this case. Just cancel and we’ll get you rescheduled when your symptoms are gone! 
  • Availability is limited right now, so please be patient, and if you should need to cancel, please do it as soon as possible.
  • Want to use a no-contact pay method, allowing you to just breeze on out after your session? There’s an option to pay when you schedule, and also in the reminder emails. (You’re still able to pay in the office, but I wanted you to know this is an option if you weren’t aware.)

Sound good? Book your appointment here!

6/3/20: Pressing pause, for now…

Since mid-March when I closed due to COVID-19 precautions, I have been keeping up with the latest research and watching webinars on best practices for when it was time to return. Unfortunately, after considering

…I feel the risks of returning to massage outweigh the benefits, and probably will for quite a while. 
This means I will be keeping my practice on pause, at least through the summer. Should a vaccine suddenly appear, I will reevaluate. Please know this is not an easy choice, but I feel it is an ethical one. There will be a time when massage is safe, but it’s not right now.

Thank you for your patience and understanding, and please stay tuned.

3/15/20: Temporary Office Closure

**UPDATE 3/31/2020

My business is temporarily closed. I am complying with the directive from the Florida Department of Health and Board of Massage in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Because I value the health and wellness of my clients, I recommend and urge everyone to follow the health and safety guidelines set by the CDC, and to practice social distancing. I want us all to be safe.
I look forward to working with you as soon as this crisis has passed. I appreciate your business and your support.

Be well and stay safe!**

Hi folks, I hope all is well with you.
I’m just fine, but I wanted to let you know that I’ve made the tough decision to temporarily close up shop for the next two weeks (through the end of March.) Since COVID-19 can be contagious for days without symptoms, and because it’s nearly impossible to keep a safe distance during a massage, it just doesn’t feel quite safe right now.
If you were scheduled for that time period, I have already reached out, and I will be back in touch to reschedule when the time is right. I will re-evaluate as April approaches, to determine the next move. If you are scheduled in April, I will be in touch as we get closer.
I have also made the decision to postpone my yoga classes through the end of March, and again, I will see how things are going then and decide what’s next.
We must each do our best to participate in social distancing to help keep ourselves, and those around us who may be at a higher risk, safe. Thank you in advance for your understanding!

Stay vigilant with the hand washing, stay calm, and stay tuned.

Guide to Gifting Massage

Your family called, they would like a massage instead of socks this year

When you’re relaxing on a massage table, it’s easy to see massage as a gift. Whether you’re there to reduce pain, to ease anxiety, to help you recover from the physical and mental stresses work/athletic training/parenting/simply being alive, massage is a moment of freedom in an occasionally crushing world. If you’re thinking of sharing the gift of massage with someone else for a special occasion or “just because,” you are almost certainly doing so from a place of love and generosity.

Obviously, I’m a big fan of giving massage as a gift! But just as with choosing to visit a massage therapist yourself, there are some considerations when offering this kind of gift. Continue reading

Stress, Anxiety, and Massage

Why get a massage? According to a survey conducted by the American Massage Therapy Association, 28% of Americans who get a massage do so for relaxation and stress reduction. That’s a lot of people in the US who feel strongly enough about their own experiences with massage for stress reduction to put their money on it. But aside from individual feelings, what exactly do we know about massage and how it relates to stress and anxiety? And what does the research have to say about that? Continue reading

Feel Good, Do Good 2018!

Massage Therapist hands in the form of a heart
For the past few years, each September I donate $5 for every massage I do to a few local charities, as it’s my birthday month and I like to give back and do something nice for others. This year is no different, but why wait? Let’s start now! Each time you come in from 8/20 through 9/30, you can choose 1 of these 3 local worthy causes to receive the $5 donation:

  • First Coast No More Homeless Pets
  • Mandarin Food Bank
  • St John’s Riverkeeper

This applies to ANY session I offer (massage, Thai massage, or reflexology), and it also applies if you come in with a gift certificate or a prepaid package session, so if you want to schedule in with one of those, feel free. In addition, all sessions from now through 9/30 will be $5 off, so it’s a win-win!

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Cancellation and Late Policies

One of the more challenging parts of running a service business is deciding how to handle last-minute cancellations, missed appointments and late arrivals. My new policies are below. I’m usually happy to be flexible about the policies when illness or emergencies strike. No doubt, if we’re working together, you are someone who is respectful of my time, so this won’t be an issue.

Cancellation Policy

I understand that unanticipated events happen occasionally in everyone’s life, but in order to be effective and fair to all clients:

Failure to cancel at least 2 hours before the start of the appointment time will result in charge for 50% of the scheduled appointment price.

Ideally, you’ll give me closer to 24-48 hours notice when possible. I trust your judgement and consideration. Should I need to apply the cancellation policy, I will send you an invoice via email and you must pay prior to your next scheduled appointment.

Late Arrivals

If you arrive late, your session may be shortened. You will be charged the full amount of the scheduled session.