Back In The Saddle Again …

I have played this tune before.

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I’m going back to work with Emerald Coast Massage Specialists. Teddy Andreadis, one of the owners there and my best business friend, if not best friend full stop, called me the other day to say they have relocated.

Their new facilities are larger and much more convenient, as far as getting in and out of the parking lot, and really, as far as just finding the place. They are a bit farther from the beach now, at 3076 Gulf Breeze Parkway, in the Breeze Shopping Plaza, and not in Gulf Breeze proper. So far that seems to have made little difference. When people need a massage, they are willing to drive an extra five minutes to get it.

Massage is by appointment only. Just call 850-934-4440 and tell Teddy, or me, or whoever answers the phone who you are, what sort of massage you would like, and when you want to come in. 

Or you can always call me – 850-292-1440 – and I’ll help you get an appointment at the office. Of course, I can also make arrangements to come to your place, if you prefer, set up my table, and sort out your muscles in the privacy of your home or office.

So whether you live in the Pensacola area or are just here for the sun, fun, and sugar white sand, give me a call. You’ll be glad you did.

That is all.

Mark out.

Happy Fourth of July, Everyone!

Somewhere among the hamburgers and the corn on the cob and the cold beer and the fireworks at the fairgrounds grandstand, take a minute or two and remember what and who this is all about.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Don’t disappoint your founding fathers, much less the guys in the video up there. Heroes every one, they are doing their best to make sure you have Liberty. You’ve got Life or I would be very surprised to find you reading this. So go get some Happiness.

Call your massage therapist first thing tomorrow and book an appointment. And do it proudly, whether you’re an American or not.

Americans love to share – happiness, C-rations, relaxed muscles, whatever we’ve got.

That is all.

Mark out.

Off To The Gym

Well, not right this minute. Ted and I were supposed to go across the street on Wednesday morning to Gulf Breeze Aerobics and Fitness and do promo massage for the early crowd. When I got to the office this morning, though, there was message that they want to push that back a few days and put together a whole customer appreciation day thing around it.

That works for me, and really I wasn’t looking forward to 3 am reveille so I could get to the gym by 4:30. I used to go to the gym that early, but not recently. The folks in Gulf Breeze apparently do, some of them, and they’re the ones we want to catch, and let them know we’re here – but encourage them to set their massage appointments at a little more humane hour.

Also, some time this week I need to go over and join. I have a gym at my apartment complex that I use all the time, but it’s only $15 a month for GBA&F, and they have showers there so if I work up a sweat and need a cleanliness break I don’t have to drive all the way home.

Gulf Breeze Aerobics & Fitness have a nice web page, and I put a link in the blog roll.

That is all.

Mark out.

NOW I’m A Professional Massage Therapist!

For the first time today, I got paid for my work, and I feel great!

We put my table in Ted’s room at ECMS, and he and I did a couples’ massage this afternoon. The young people seemed a bit nervous since neither had ever had a professional massage before, but they floated, a bit wobbly but smiling wide, out of the office a while later.

Ted and I gave them a bit more than the hour, which he frequently does if he isn’t booked back to back, and it was delightful to see their grins when we’d finished with them.

Not that I ever had much doubt, but I think I’m going to like this job.

That is all.

Mark out.

Exercise For Pain Relief

Recently someone very close to me joined a gym. I have mentioned this person before, something in regards her neck muscles especially, which frequently play her up, as we say in England. (Okay, I’m not sure I ever said that when I was in England though I might have, so just take the pronoun as the editorial ‘we.’)

In any case she has been treated by a chiropractor and a couple of massage therapists for the pain in her neck amongst other issues, but it was only after she started exercising with weights at the gym did she notice a significant and to her mind spontaneous decrease in neck muscle discomfort.

I was very pleased to hear this, of course, though not surprised. When Swedish massage first was developed, it included both active and passive exercises and was called Swedish Gymnastics. Therapists still stretch their clients’ muscles, do active, passive, and resisted range of motion movements, and encourage exercise.

By now everyone knows about endorphins and how they act as an analgesic, runner’s high, and so forth, but with neck muscles the benefit of active, load-bearing exercise is more in the movement itself.

Neck muscles ache because stress makes them hypertonic, that is, tense and painful not from over work, but from lack of it – in effect, the muscle is all revved up with no place to go, no way to release and relax.

Pushing, pulling, moving in a different direction in order to attain the goal of shifting a weight allows the muscle fibers to un-bunch, lets fluid in and waste products out of the tissues, and then having accomplished a real task, the muscle can let go its hypertonicity and relax.

That of course means less pain and less stiffness, and the tension-pain-more tension cycle is broken.

So go on and exercise. It’s good for you. Really.

That is all.

Mark out.

Obama To Visit Gulf Breeze


President Obama is coming to Gulf Breeze tomorrow. There are signs saying that Highway 98 will be closed from 8 to 11 in the morning. Gulf Breeze is on a narrow peninsula and Highway 98 is the only way into, out of, or through town, so in essence the city will be shut down for three hours tomorrow.

I don’t have his itinerary but I assume he’ll be going out to Pensacola Beach, to see what effect the oil has had. From what I hear there isn’t as much as in Louisiana, not yet anyway, and I’m glad he’s showing an interest.

But I think most people would prefer that he stop viewing with alarm and start kicking people’s a**** like he said he was going to a few days ago. If you’re going to talk street tough, you ought to act it as well.

I’m not going to make a habit of this sort of pseudo political comment, but I thought it worth noting that I won’t be able to get to the ECMS office until around noon, if I make it at all. You still can call my cell phone though.

That is all.

Mark out.