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6 Reasons to Have a Massage Maintenance Plan


We have all heard the phrase “failing to plan is planning to fail”, right?  This holds true with many things but also with your health and well being.

For example, before we go on a trip, I will pack healthier snacks and sometimes full meals to know that I, for the most part, stay on track with my goal to eat right and stay headache free.  Since fitness is a large part of  my life, I will also look into gyms near my accommodations so I know what to expect, where to go and to not waste my time driving around looking for a place that allows day passes. 

What does this have to do with Massage Therapy & Remedy Barefoot Massage Studio? Good Question. Carry on to find out!

It’s the new Year and many people are staking their claims on fitness & wellness resolutions. With that comes many challenges, celebrations, and unforeseen circumstances.

I have put together a small list of reasons WHY you should be adding Massage Therapy at Remedy to your resolutions to ensure they stick, but more importantly to your maintenance plan.

Reason #1: Active Recovery

If your resolution is to lose weight and be more physically active, guess what??? You’re gonna be sore. Soreness can be a good thing!  It typically means that post heavy workout, you have activated and caused little micro tears in your muscles which causes your muscles to heal and grow.  With these tears, come adhesions (aka knots). 

Successful Athletes + Massage Therapy = Faster Recovery!

This is where Massage Therapy comes in to play! As LMT”s (Licensed Massage Therapists) we can break down those adhesions and increase circulation to the tear site, causing decreased soreness and quicker recovery time.

So you may not be looking for a deadlift PR in the New Year but you do want to become more physically active (alongside clean eating) to lose some extra pounds.  You may not become AS sore as lifting but you may feel some new aches and pains that you haven’t in awhile (or EVER.. Yikes!).  This can be from a plethora of things ie; unsupportive shoes, poor posture or execution, excess weight on your joints,  and the list goes on. If you’re logical, will want to nip these things in the bud before they turn in to something chronic and sideline you for a long period of time. As we all know the healing process takes much longer the older we get.  

Reason #2: Incentive

You set goals for yourself and you Smash the crap out of them!!! Now what?

It’s easy to reward yourself with food but what if you’re like most other Americans, a cheat meal can easily lead into a cheat day and next thing you know you’re making a back slide.  I myself, look forward to a cheat meal but sometimes I think to myself, “What am I? a dog doing a trick for some table scraps?”

Instead of all the push & pull, why not REWARD yourself with a therapeutic massage? Not the kind where your partner gets tired after 3 minutes but rather the professional kind where there are no kids running in, no phones ringing and we work on the exact spot you need us to. You may find that we discover areas that you either forgot caused you agony at one time or, that you know about but didn’t realize how deep seated it really was or what else was causing it.

We are sometimes like detectives trying to figure out where these things are coming from! There is hands (and in our studio, FEET) down no better way to reward yourself with some “me time” that actually stimulates you to feel better than when you came in and makes you feel like the Bad *ss you really are to keep pushing forward to your goal.  

Reason #3: A Mental Break

This may sound crazy but have you ever looked at massage as a mental break? Many folks come in and just want the noise to stop. The buzzing phones, constant social media, traffic, kids activities, and on some days just keeping your head above water!

Massage Therapy is a Mental Break
Massage Therapy is a Mental Break

Massage Therapy is a known aid in anxiety, insomnia and obvious STRESS reliever.  It’s the new Year, and maybe you’re working on a new project to de clutter your home or your boss promoted you and now you have way more responsibilities at work?

As LMT’s our job is to provide you with a stress free zone where you can talk our ears off and get everything off your chest or you can bliss out and go in and out of consciousness until your 60-90-or 120 minutes are up! Dim lights, heated tables and warm feet- or hands- can make you literally melt like budda!

Reason #4: Looking Forward is Moving Forward

Something to look forward to.  Don’t have the funds for a vacation this year or if you’re like me, just simply need something to get you through a typical Northwest Ohio winter? Get a massage on the books so you know you have something to look forward to. 

I like to plan mine for the end of day, but lately I have seen so many people take a vacation day to get their massage (think kids at school and nobody around to bother you when you get home!) and have a DAYcation (Did I just make a word up? If that catches on remember me as coining that phrase…) where you can sip coffee or tea, get a massage, stroll around your favorite store, and just CHILL. Hell, take a selfie while we are back walking on you and brag on your awesome self made DAYCATION!!! You deserve it. We all do.  

Reason #5: You Are Training For An Event. 

Will you be donning a pair of posing trunks or bikini to step on stage soon? Or putting in all the dreaded winter miles for a shot at Boston next Spring? Then Massage Therapy is a no brainer. A must.  You’ll be paying entry fees, probably buying some new gear but don’t forget to set some moolah aside for massage! 

In an effort to not overcomplicate recovery, accomplished distance runner Shalane Flanagan was noted as saying “Recovery to me is Sleeping, eating well, and maybe a massage…” , while 4 time Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler says that when he was on top of his game he was getting a Deep Tissue massage twice a week for recovery.  So, you wanna be the best? You gotta train like the best (or be like the rest!).

Reason #6: LAST BUT NOT LEAST….. You Got A Gift Certificate!

Doy! Book that thing! I estimate 25% of our sold Gift certificates go unredeemed! Wuuuuut?!?!?!? Sad but true story people.  I recently had a woman who won a free massage with us and it was expired by almost 1 year. She missed out but you don’t have to. You love massages so why not book it?

It’s like getting the shoes you wanted and never wearing them, next thing ya know they are out of style and your donating them to Goodwill. Use it if you got it.. Book it. Even if it’s not until Spring Break, get it on the books (think failure to plan is a plan to fail…remember how I started this whole conversation?)  Mark it on the calendar. We have email reminders and text reminders so there it’s almost fool-proof!

Time to Schedule

As I play the wrap it up music on this blog, I want you to take just 5 minutes and look at your calendar.  Go ahead, this blog will still be here…

SO…DO YOU HAVE A MAINTENANCE PLAN?? If any of this resonated with you, I urge you to take a look at our schedules HERE. What days and times work and will be best for you? What type of massage makes you sing? What Therapist jives with your style?

Thanks for stopping by!

In Health & Laughter,

Marcy Kozsey Bowman, LMT

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Communication is Key

We have all heard this phrase, right? How many of us reeeeally follow it though?

How many of us have gotten an invitation to an event or party that required an RSVP that we just never responded to because we really didn’t want to go?  Or have you ever said “I’ll call you when I get there!”, only to leave the person on the other end wondering?   We have all done it.  Too afraid to speak up or just too lazy to respond.  So when we DO speak up or “over” communicate” we think to ourselves “They are going to think I am so annoying…”.

When it comes to massage therapy, communication REALLY is key.  Let me explain why in a good “as it happens” type of order.

You contact us to make an appointment

Let us (briefly) know why you are requesting an appointment.  Whether it’s via phone, text or email, it’s never a bad idea to let us know what’s going on.  “Hey Marcy, it’s Julie, I woke this morning and can’t turn my neck, anything available soon?”.  This let’s us know you have something acute going on rather than “Hey Marcy, it’s Julie, just wanted to get on the books for April, let me know what you have in the coming weeks..”.  See the difference? Even if we don’t have anything right away,  if we get a cancellation we know you need something sooner than later or vice versa.

The consult portion of your appointment 

We take these moments as you take your coat and shoes off, getting settled in, to let us know what’s going on with you & your body.  It may sound “old”, but it’s actually a great idea to write down the things that have been bothering you.  Sound funny?  I, myself, have a hamstring injury that only bothers me WHEN I run.  Other than at that time, my legs are pain free.  So, in my own consultation, I mentioned the obvious upper back and neck stuff but totally forgot to mention my hammy!  By the time my therapist made her way to my legs, with not much time to spare, I remembered my poor forgotten hamstring!!                                Giving us this information, also gives us pieces to your puzzle, so to speak.  Many times we hear ” My right shoulder, hips, and right ankle have been such a bear..”.  This let’s us know that you have something major happening on your right side.  It also gives us the opportunity, while you’re still fully clothed to check out your postural imbalances (wether we tell you we are doing so or not!!)  

This is YOUR time to speak up!  Do you want us to work on an isolated area of concern? For us to “fix” that ailment and be done? Or, spend most of the time on your shoulder, but end with some time on my hands”.  This is your time! Speak up for what you want out of it.

You lay on our massage table  

 Let us know if there is something you don’t like.  If it’s within our control, we will fix it.  Temperature not right?  We can almost always turn our table warmers off or up, we can take away or add blankets or turn a fan on.  If the room is too bright we can rest a towel over your eyes or simply dim the lights. If the music is off putting  or just down right annoying, we can change that too! We try to play music that will be relaxing to most, but maybe you are just not most! That’s ok! We stream our music so we can play  most any kind of music. (Requested are always considered, however, we will not play anything too fast or heavy as that too can have a negative impact on you!)

The Massage  

It’s not always no pain, no gain! Especially if you are new to, or haven’t had massage therapy in quite awhile.  Please tell us if our pressure is too much or not enough.  We have a pretty good idea, but sometimes need clarification.  My deep tissue massage may be your idea of relaxation or the other way around.

 I once had a middle aged woman who came in for the 1st time and INSISTED on a deep tissue massage.  It’s all she talked about, refused anything less.  I started with what I would call a light touch or “warming up the tissue” as we say in the shop.  She almost went through my sky light! It was far too much even thought hat’s what she requested and thought she wanted.  (I have used a deeper touch on a 93 year old man FYI!)  This woman said “WOW… That is way too much for me!!”. Guess what? That’s okay! I adjusted an d we moved on.  The moral of the story is, she spoke up.  

Why lay there for an hour in agony or worse baby touch if it’s not up to par for you?  It’s like when my niece plays with my hair. It feels ok but that’s not what I want to happen for an hour of paid time on the table.  Or maybe you want your calf worked on, but a specific spot is killing you. Let me know when I am palpating that I am near or on the point of reference. Again, most times as a trained therapist we can tell but speak up, it never hurts to be sure we are on the same page.  

While on that note; I want to add, sometimes we as therapists find trigger points, fascial restrictions or “knots” that you may not even know existed. Be vocal but also be open minded.  The body is a whole and everything is connected.  Sometimes we may need to feel our way around to see what may be the cause or affect of the problem.  

Post Massage

 Please, by all means, let us know what you felt or currently feel.  Feelings of light headed-ness or dizziness can occur.  Let us know and we can find you a comfy seat in our waiting area with some water while you get your bearings straight.  Post massage is a great opportunity to mention ” I had no idea I loved getting my feet rubbed so much!” or ” I got so stuffed up while I was lying on my stomach, I think I need my nose spray next time”.  We often note these things for your next visit.  

Take in to account these 5 steps of communication with your massage therapist.  Never be too shy to speak up.  This is your time and money, and well, YOU DESERVE IT! We want you to be happy and to leave feeling better than when you came in! 

In Health & Hilarity, 

Marcy Kozsey, LMT

Marcy has been a licensed massage therapist in the State of Ohio since 2005.

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Being Late

Being Late

I would like to start this blog by saying that we all have situations that arise unplanned, we are all human.
When your massage therapist gets ready for your appointment, it’s not just being there before you. It’s washing, drying, folding & arranging laundry. It’s trimming & filing our nails. It’s making sure the temperature, music and  lighting in the room are right.
Now it’s time for your arrival!  When you are late for massage appointment, yes, your stressed!  What most people may not realize is… SO ARE WE! Yes. A million things run through our heads. Did I schedule this wrong? Did they not get the reminder? Is my clock off? Lastly, but most important, is my client okay? Our minds begin to race!
So many things come up but all it takes is a simple text or phone call to let us know! After all, we are here because we care, and you paid us to!!!
In the event that you are late, please be aware, this effects our whole day! More times than not, we have another appointment after you.  This may be the number one stressor for us as therapists.  We may not have time to go over the specified end time just because you are running behind. Yes, we may have another appointment afterwards, but we also may have something personal to do. We may have a child to pickup, a personal appointment of our own, a lunch/dinner to eat, or maybe it’s our only bit of down time for the day.
So now your appointment is cut short because you got stuck in traffic! Unless your therapist was the one who was tardy, please do not expect or ask for a discount.  We held up our end of the deal and patiently awaited your arrival.  Many don’t realize, we don’t get paid if you are unpunctual or don’t show.  Our time is valuable, and our rates are set for a reason.  Last time I checked, my doctor doesn’t lessen our bills when we are late to see him/her, so why would your massage therapist? They simply lessened the amount of time they spend with us at our visit.

So what should I do if i am running late?

 

  • If you have an appointment that day, make sure you give yourself enough time to get there.  It’s not good for you or your therapist to run in at the last second or even worse. If there is bad weather, check the traffic map on your phone to see if there are tie-ups.
  • If your already late, TEXT OR CALL US! At that point we can stop worrying about if you have been in an accident! In the meantime we may be able to get other light duties finished. If we know ahead of time we may be able to make arrangements for the appointments after you. If we don’t know… we don’t know!
  • Don’t expect us to go over in time because of this mishap. If your therapist has time to give, more times than not we will give it.
  • Asking for a discount may rub your therapist the wrong way. Ask yourself, “Was she late or was I?”.  Chronic lateness could result in being blacklisted! Sound harsh? This is un-necessary stress for us.  If you lack  punctuality, we may lack patience! There may be people who would love your time slot. If it happens too often, you could get a break-up letter 😉
  • You’re therapist may see this chronic problem as a sign of disrespect and take it personally.

 

“Punctuality is the politeness of Kings”  – Louis XVIII
In Health & Hilarity
-Marcy Kozsey
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Ashiatsu. Is that where you walk on my back?

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This is the most common question I get when people hear about Ashiatsu. The most common answer is “””mmmmm kinda but not really..”

The literal translation of the Japanese word, Ashi=Foot Atsu=Pressure. Sometimes referred to as the deepest most luxurious massage on the planet. I definitely use pressure, but in no way would you want all 150 lbs of me just walking around on your back! Here’s the skinny… As the therapist, I hold on to a set of parallel bars overhead, that lets me distribute weight and pressure as needed. Not everyone gets the deepest pressure. As always, every massage is different, because everyBODY is different. Yes, it can be THE deepest massage you have ever gotten but it doesn’t have to be.

The 2nd most common question I receive about Ashiatsu is, “Is this like the Chinese guys who do massage at the mall?” The most common answer? ..You guessed it!!! “Mmmm not really..” I don’t even really understand why people are comparing the two. Is it because it’s an Asian word that people really just assume all Asians most know how to do it? It actually couldn’t be further from the truth. Let me tell you why…. Those “Chinese guys” at the mall likely have had no professional training whatsoever. Chances are, (and these are really, really good chances) these people who work at these places aren’t even licensed more/less insured or formally educated. This is the reason they can charge less than a State Licensed Massage Therapist.

Ashiatsu made it’s debut in the US in the mid 90’s when Ruthie Hardy took what she saw overseas after a long day of working with her hands all day as a massage therapist and probably said “eh, what the hell!” and gave it a whirl! She perfected the technique, equipment, and began teaching other massage therapists how to massage with their feet! The company she founded now called DeepFeet has been educating therapists around the country!