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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.

Do You Work On Saturdays?

Another in the Frequently Asked Question series…

For some reason, a lot of people assume I don’t work on the weekend. Most Saturdays, though, I am available for sessions between 9:00am and 3:00pm.

Often on Saturdays, I am in a different room (at the same location), because I share space with another LMT a few days a month, and she gets the main room on those occasions. It’s a small room, but it’s cozy, and as long as I have enough notice to have the correct supplies, we can do any session type in there, even Thai Massage.

A few things to remember:

–My sessions are by appointment only, so make sure you get on the schedule! You can always see what’s available on my scheduling page.

–I rarely do same-day scheduling, so again, make that appointment ahead of time.

 

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!