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.

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Getting Onto the Table

One thing massage therapists need maybe even more than anyone else is massage therapy. Our business is physically intense, so naturally our muscles get lots of wear and tear, and need to be worked on. Last week and this week both I worked on one of the other therapists here at ECMS, Clary, and then a fellow student from Pensacola School of Massage Therapy called Saturday with fairly serious muscle issues she had trouble coping with herself.

Miranda dropped by my apartment in the afternoon and I worked on her, and then we had a nice long visit catching up with everything that’s been going on since we graduated. She asked how long it had been since I’d got onto the table, and I had to admit it had been quite some time, so she urged me to call her and let her return the favor.

So I gave her a ring Wednesday and asked if she had time Thursday morning, which she did, so I drove out to Head to Toe Spa in Pace, and she gave me a good working over. I hadn’t been hurting anywhere in particular, or didn’t realize I had, but my neck felt SO much better after she stripped a few muscles and gave me a good bit of torsion with a folded pillow case.

And just so you know, therapists don’t charge each other. That’s why I was able to work on Miranda in my apartment – just a friend massaging a friend at home. Otherwise one gets into things like establishment license requirements and so on, and I’m not ready for that yet.

So this afternoon I have my second ever real, paying client, whom I will work on at ECMS. And now that I’ve not only practiced this week but been practiced on, I feel more than ready to help my client with whatever she needs.

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.

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.

Emerald Coast Massage Specialists

Isn’t that a great name, Emerald Coast? That’s where I live, what the area around Pensacola is called. The ’emerald’ part is for the bright green water along the beach, and as late as day before yesterday that water was sparkling clear despite the oil spill.


That hasn’t got here yet though I expect it will eventually, and it’s going to be nasty. But then eventually it will be stopped and cleaned up, though that may take a few years, or decades.


But that isn’t what I’m writing about. Maybe it’s selfish but I want to write about my new job working at ECMS, Emerald Coast Massage Specialists, located at 1198 Gulf Breeze Parkway in Gulf Breeze, Florida, right across the long bay bridge from Pensacola.

If it sounds like I’m doing a commercial that’s because I am, and with no apologies. Our phone number is 850-934-4440. Call now!



I really like the building – very open, very Florida – though of course when you get your massage here it’s indoors and has air conditioning. Someday I’ll do open air massage on the beach, like in that photo a couple of posts back, but really ECMS is more about the treatment of injuries and conditions, which is better handled, literally, in a more closed, medicine-like environment.


I like the people I’m working with, Sean, Ted, Gail, Clary, and Candy, Sean’s wife, though I haven’t seen her in a few weeks. Sean and Ted run the place – though I think Candy kind of runs Sean – and I’ll be sharing a room with Gail when the new ones are ready in July.


Clary is from Sweden though she has been in the States for quite some time. She still made me homesick for rural Minnesota the first time I met her and heard her accent, but she says she never has even been there. At some point I’ll post photos of these folks, and talk more about them and what, in general terms, we’re doing.


Meanwhile enjoy the pix! (Oh, and that’s Ted’s truck with the emerald green business sign on it, not my Massage Mobile – though the truck’s color is quite similar.)

That is all.

Mark out.