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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.

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.

The Effectiveness of Hand Reflexology on Chronic Hand Pain

First page

During my reflexology certification course, I conducted a case study about how hand reflexology might affect an artist’s chronic hand pain. It turned out to be quite helpful! I just found out it was recently shared in the most recent magazine of the International Council of Reflexologists. I’ve shared screenshots of the first and last pages here (the latter is particularly cool, because it gives the results of the study). You can click on the images to actually read them, and if you’d like to read the full study, here’s a link to it in the Academy of Ancient Reflexology’s research archive.

Last page (with results)