Just a reminder that I am away Wed-Fri Jan 6-8. I do have access to email while away, so email me to schedule. I will NOT have my work phone, so email is the way to go.
Year in review
What a whirlwind year it's been. The year started out with bitter cold and snow for about 5 Mondays in a row wreaking havoc on the massage schedule and all of our lives. The husband and I trained through the horrible weather only to make it through the single digits, negative wind chill, and black ice for me to sprain my ankle on a wonky bit of pavement a week before the half marathon (where he finished strongly!). After 6 weeks in a walking boot and a round of PT (and poor Eldar having to drive me everywhere - and not complaining about it even once - I am a lucky girl!) I was able to get back to a relatively normal schedule - though I think I'll be able to predict the weather for a long time to come.
Spring brought us...well, to be honest, I don't even remember spring. Summer, on the other hand, brought me a gorgeous new office! Settling into a new space and having a HUGE sale kept the schedule full and I thoroughly enjoyed/needed my week off in Hilton Head. Then came buying and moving into a new house and dealing with all that comes along with it followed by a week to recover from the shock of it in Aruba. Then, holidays and unseasonably warm (but I am NOT complaining!) weather, and here we are. Another year.
All in all, I'd say 2015 was full of major changes and wonderful opportunities. I may complain about being tired, but I can't complain about the things I have in my life - including you. Thank you for trusting me with your wellness, and for being so supportive and adaptable to all of the evolution. I hope to continue that in 2016!
My biggest goals for 2016 are to simplify my life, and to continue to strive for balance in my wellness. Simplifying things is something I have struggled with for the last several years, but some things have aligned this year that MAY make it a more possible goal. I also own a house now, so this may be a total pipe dream. But, you gotta have goals!
By the numbers (2015 in review)
1 office move
2 years old - age of my youngest client
4 deliveries of oil/massage creme
5 playlists in rotation
8 newsletters issued
9 plants in my office
16 blog posts published
17 hours - the most hours of massage given in a single week this year
28 massage packages purchased
89 Facebook posts
91 bags of laundry (not counting the occasional mid-week load)
93 mailing list subscribers
95 hours - approximate time spent binge watching Netflix when laid up with a sprained ankle (yikes!)
103 Facebook likes
250+ times I filed my fingernails
1000 thanks to YOU for making 2015 such a great year!
What do you want to know?
Much of the content of these newsletters is driven by what comes up in the office during the preceding months: a trend in injuries/conditions I am treating, questions from clients, seasonal announcements (such as inclement weather), etc. If there is something you'd like to know about massage or you have a burning question you'd like to see answered, let me know! Email me, tell me at your next session, etc. I am happy to provide whatever information you want.
Can I get a massage if I'm sick?
Speaking of timely blurbs in the newsletter....this one came up a lot before the holidays!
Short answer: Probably not.
Longer answer (aka - why not):
The heart of cold and flu season, public transportation, working in a closed office environment, and stress create the perfect storm for the onset of illness.
Massage can help the body fight infection and may be particularly helpful for those in the final stage of recovery from an illness (e.g., the week after a cold) by supporting the lymphatic (immune) system by:
• increasing the movement of lymphocytes (white blood cells) throughout the body [particularly helpful for those who do not exercise regularly]
• enhancing circulation of blood which nourishes our whole body