Massage Therapy Finder – A New Link To The World


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The hardest part about being a massage therapist isn’t the therapy, it’s finding someone to work on. Until a therapist has a solid base of repeat clientele, a great deal of his time is spent looking for clients or simply not having any. Today I signed on with Massage Therapy Finder, listed at the very top of the sidebar to your right. I have no idea whether this will generate any calls, but it can’t hurt to get out there.

I also looked into listing myself on Craig’s List, but it’s kind of pricey to do that. I might try it later on though.

Right now I’m doing fill-in work at a chiropractor’s office. I’ll talk more about that next week.

Enough for now.  

Mark out.  

New Portraits

DSCF0076-1I said there weren’t enough pictures of me here, so I did something about it. There were no really good pictures of me, full stop, so I took care of that at the same time. Stephanie at Captured Moments Art Photography did just a bang-up job making me look good in a picture, which is a lot harder than it used to be, for various reasons. Have a look at her web site. It’s in the Blog Roll.

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Stephanie’s studio is right down the street from me. I pass it every time I go to the grocery. I’m glad I finally got to stop in.

Do you like my shirt? It’s my favorite. Somebody I like very much gave that to me, so I’d like to thank her. Thank you.

That is all.

Mark out.

Seated Massage

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Do you like my new massage chair? It’s by Oakworks, who make a lot of massage equipment. This one is near the top of the line, and I got it in the same color as my table and rollaround stool. 

Just below is what a chair massage looks like, more or less -

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but if that guy really holds his hands that way, with the wrist twisted at that unholy angle, he won’t be working for long.

The big advantage of chair massage is the lack of fuss involved. There’s no need for a private space, or undressing and redressing, or changing linens – note the disposable face cradle cover, though – and I can take care of a lot of upper body muscles in 15 minutes. Legs get short shrift, of course, but most people’s problems are in their shoulders, neck, and lower back, all of which I can easily treat in this position.

I used to do a lot of chair massage when I worked for a chiropractor. In fact, sometimes it seemed that was about all I did. When I went to work at the massage clinic, I still did them, though rarely. Sometimes the clinic would sponsor promotions, and I usually volunteered for those, just so I wouldn’t forget how to do this sort of work.

Chair massage physics is very different from table massage. Doing it requires a different stance, different body mechanics, and different pressure. My hands cannot glide over clothes, so I employ a lot of kneading techniques, using fingers, palms, and fists – though always keeping my wrists in a neutral position, unlike our friend in the photo. Massaging the client’s forearms, hands, and fingers is about the same, table or chair, and people in offices who sit and type at computers all day really appreciate that.

So the plan for my new chair is to do office calls. I talked to my dental hygienist when I had a cleaning last week, and asked if I she thought I could set up in their office and work on the staff. It’s a busy place, three dentists and six hygienists, plus clerical staff. I could spend most of an afternoon doing 15 minute massages.

We shall see how this works out. At the very least, I get a cool new toy to play with.

That is all.

Mark out.

Thanks, AMTA!

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The American Massage Therapy Association is a national group that I joined before I even graduated massage school. I get my professional insurance through them, and they also offer other services, such as a listing in their data base of therapists, and a free website. I just set mine up, and here it is.

I was also very pleased yesterday, when I received a call from someone who had found my name and number on the AMTA web site. Nothing came of it, unfortunately, because he was calling from Fort Walton Beach, which is at least an hour and a half drive from here, too far to go and do a one-hour massage. Still, the fact that people are looking for and finding me is quite encouraging.

On a related note, my new car door signs are ready at Fast Signs, so I will go and pick those up now.

That is all.

Mark out.

PS – I decided that there aren’t nearly enough pictures of me on the web, so here is another one. I’m standing in front of Yorkminster Cathedral a few Christmastimes back. Yes, it’s a white Christmas. How neat is that?

York Cathedral, England, 2009

York Cathedral, England, 2009

 

Moving Right Along …

img_5202I’m not there quite yet, in the picture above, I mean, but I did take a big step the other day. I quit the clinic I had worked in for over two and a half years, so I am once more on my own. One always is, to some extent, and it can be a noble and empowering sensation, or a feeling of anxiety and dread. I’m happy to say that I get much more the former than the latter.

At any rate, I am back to freelancing, just as I was a bit over three years ago when I first got my license. The big, huge, enormous difference, of course, is that I’ve had almost three years of daily, intense, hands-on workouts for as much as six hours, as on-the-job learning experience. I packed away my novice’s robe a while ago, and you should see my arms. I NEVER had arm muscles like this, no matter how much I worked out, and though I doubt I can crush a bag of millet with the edge of my hand like the Chinese monks do, the pickle jar lid does not exist that these hands can’t snaffle off.

So I will be going to Florida chapter meetings of the Massage Therapy Association to network, getting new door signs made for the little red truck, blathering on the blog here quite a lot, and doing anything else I can think of to let people know that there’s a new outcall massage sheriff in town. Yes, I’m that good.

If you live in the Pensacola area, give me a call, and I’ll see you at your place. If you live elsewhere and plan to visit, I also call at hotels.

I love reinventing myself from time to time. I must, since I do it so often.

That is all.

Mark out. 

We Interrupt Our Regularly Scheduled Nothing To Bring You An Aromatherapy Report

A while ago, as reported on this very blog, I bought a bunch of single note essential oils to mix with lotions, put in baths, and do other aromatherapy-ish sorts of things with, and tonight I found a wonderful combination of oils that actually does feel therapeutic.

I put six drops each of clary sage and bergamot into a warm Epsom salt bath after three particularly grueling days at work, and the result was amazing.

Clary sage is rather medicinal smelling, sort of like tea tree only not as sweet, and bergamot is citrusy and strong, but doesn’t smell at all like any other citrus, and is not as overpowering as orange or lime, or as cliché, come to that.

So the bergamot remained beneath the clary sage, though it was not flattened by it, but rather the citrus note buoyed and magnified the sage while distracting from the sage’s medicine-y texture, and the result truly was quite therapeutic – most refreshing and invigorating, while giving a sense of overall well being.

It was like going to the doctor and getting good news, or at least not getting any of the other sort, and at the same time noticing that the doctor is kind of cute, and don’t those scrubs hug her fulsome curves nicely? Why yes, I believe they do, and I wonder if she has a regular massage therapist. I should ask. 

That is all.

Mark out. 

Yard Work Blues

Spring is early this year. Well, in fact there has not been much of a winter in North America, especially around here. Even in Kansas the lilacs bloomed a month early, so I am told, and last week the temperature in Flint, Michigan was warmer than Pensacola.

Which means that my clients have been extra industrious not only with spring cleaning, but with yard work, and I lost count of the strained low backs, sore shoulders, achy thighs, and stiff necks I have dealt with over the past couple of weeks as folks get back into the swing of caring for lawns and gardens.

I used to do that ages ago, care for a lawn, in southern California, and I did use different muscles to do that, or at least used muscles in different ways, than for anything else I ever did. So I can empathize with hedge-clipper wrist syndrome, and weed-pulling crouch thigh complaint, and reaching too high to saw down that tree limb hyperextension of the shoulder ouchiness.

Only now I know what to do about these issues in my clients because they resemble so many other muscular situations I treat routinely, and I saw a multitude of them over the past couple of weeks.

Of course Epsom salts baths and massage therapy work wonders on underused muscles that suddenly become overused muscles, but another great thing for those yard work aches and pains is to treat your gardening chores as a workout, which is really what they amount to.

Stretch before AND after you weed, and seed, and mow, and mulch, and schlep around that 15-pound edge trimmer, the leaf blower, and the electric hedge clippers that you haven’t picked up since last September.

Stretching will help move the lactic acid out of overworked muscles. That’s the stuff that builds up in the muscle tissue and causes the delayed aches and even cramps that often don’t manifest until the next day. Frequent rest breaks, and of course constant rehydration will help as well – get a big water bottle and keep drinking from it. Don’t wait until you get thirsty to drink, because by then you are already dehydrated.

And one last thing, all you weekend garden warriors – cover up! If it’s too hot for long trousers and long sleeves, at least use a good sunblock, SPF30 or better, everywhere your skin is exposed. And wear a hat, one that shades your neck. If you don’t have one, get one.

What you never want to do is come see me with sunburnt skin where I need to work on you, because I won’t do it.

But do come see me when you can, and I will sort out your muscle issues, and get you ready to go do it again next weekend.

That is all.

Mark out. 


salt baths, self massage, all that stuff

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