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For the month of March I will be sharing about the benefits of a good nights sleep and establishing a sleep routine over on Nourishing Massage’s Facebook page. 

So don’t miss out on this great information. Go follow Nourishing Massage now!

https://www.facebook.com/nourishingmassageohio/

Yours in health,
Dana Brandt-Tinker

Openings: Cuyahoga Falls Location

Hello Everyone:

I wanted to touch base with you really quick and let you know my openings for this coming week in my Cuyahoga Falls location.

  • Tuesday, February 20: 1:30 – 2:30 PM BOOKED
  • Thursday, February 22: 3:15 – 4:15 PM BOOKED
  • Friday, February 23: 5:00 – 6:00 PM or 5:00 – 6:30 PM or 5:30 – 6:30 PM BOOKED

If you are interested in any of the above openings, or you would like a longer or shorter session please TEXT ME at (216) 513-8464 and I will get you scheduled.

Sincerely,
Dana M. Brandt-Tinker

Massage Therapists: Speak Out Against Sexual Assault

KNOW YOU ARE NOT ALONE! After 7 years of running and operating my massage business, I never thought I would face sexual assault from a client, let alone one who was receiving effective pain relief for the last several months.

Your massage room is supposed to be a safe haven. Clients come to you to seek comfort, physical and emotional release to help their bodies heal. You should not be worried about being sexually assaulted by your client.

STEPS TO TAKE IF THIS HAPPENS TO YOU

1. KNOW YOU ARE IN CONTROL! Try to stop the session immediately. If you’re running your own business, this might be difficult, because you’re scared of what the client might do or how they might react if you stop the session. So as hard as it is (even if tears are streaming down your face) try to finish the massage to get them out in a calm and safe manner. If you’re working with others, get out of that room as quickly as you can, tell someone, and hopefully someone else can intervene. Personally, I don’t think you even need to say anything to the client, just walk out. But, if you want to you can say, “this session is now terminated.”

2. DO NOT LET THEM COME BACK FOR ANOTHER APPOINTMENT! If you’re working for yourself, again this might be difficult because you’re scared of what the client might do. You will have to stay strong, and go though your normal checkout process. If they typically rebook after the session, that means you will have to go through this step. But, as soon as you get them out in a calm and safe manner, cancel their appointment, block them from being able to schedule again through your website, block their e-mail address and phone number so they cannot contact you, and take them off any business e-mail lists.

3. CALL OR TALK WITH SOMEONE! This is not your fault. You did nothing to instigate this type of behavior from your client. You will be shaken up, with tears streaming down your face, so please talk to or call someone who can be there for you.

4.CONTACT AUTHORITIES! As hard as it might be, you really should contact the authorities and file a police report in case this happens to another massage therapist. Unfortunately, you should not contact other massage therapists/ businesses in the area to warn them, due to client confidentiality.

5.SPEAK OUT! Unfortunately, this happens way too often in our industry, and doesn’t get talked about enough. Sexual assault doesn’t just happen to our clients. We’re subjected to it too. As a community, we need to talk about it more. We need to know we’re not alone. We need to ingrain in our mind the steps to take to protect ourselves. Don’t be afraid to reach out to other massage therapists who you trust, and tell them what happened. They might have valuable insight as to what you can do, and how you can heal from this.

6.PROTECT YOURSELF! You’re shaken up, and feel like a victim, but know that you can take actions to protect yourself in the future. Some options you might consider: taking a self-defense class, purchasing a taser or pepper spray to keep in a secure space in your office/ massage room, or even obtaining your concealed carry license.

I’m sorry if this has happened to you. Please know you’re not alone! Together as a community, we have a voice!

 

Yours in health,
Dana M. Brandt-Tinker

Should I cancel my massage if I’m sick?

Short answer: Yes, please.

Long Answer: Yes, please.

Massage is great. You know this. But it’s not always a great idea!

As cold and flu season approaches again, it’s important that you know when it may be necessary to cancel your appointment.

Why? 

When you are sick, your body needs rest. It’s strange to think about it this way, but receiving massage is an active task, it is not entirely rest. Massage causes change in the body, and your body has to work to maintain stability. Getting a massage when you are sick takes attention away from infection-fighting. That’s no good.

You’re not going to be cozy on the massage table.  Sure, it sounds like a warm squishy massage table would be great. But the moment you put your already-stuffy head into that face cradle, you’ll realize the error of your ways. Gravity and pressure are not your friend here. Even if I do a great face massage to drain your sinuses, you’ll likely feel worse when you get off the table.

You could get me sick. Since most of the common winter viruses are contagious even before symptoms show up, I could pass the cooties along to more clients before I even know it’s happening.

Further, when I get sick, I have to cancel clients and take a few days off work. I work for myself, with no paid sick days to compensate for lost wages. Sure, as a responsible business owner I have a fund for these situations. But I would rather use that fund to go towards a vacation or to go towards Nourishing Massage. So I’m gonna try to stay germ-free this winter.

So it’s a deal! You’ll cancel so as not to infect me and I’ll do the same for you. We’ll keep each other safe during this cold and flu season.

When To Cancel

  1. If you have nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea in the past 24 hours, or are still feeling funky from a recent bout of such things.
  2. If you’ve had a fever in the past 24 hours, or fever-related symptoms. This includes chills, aches, and fatigue. Even if you’re keeping the fever down with medicine, you’re still sick.
  3. If you are itchy, runny, and/or sneezy, and you’re not 100% certain it’s seasonal allergies. And even then, allergies may leave you so miserable that the hour on my table would be wasted time and money for you.
  4. If you are coughing constantly, or just a lot.
  5. If someone in your household is ill and you are feeling at all funky, please cancel.

There is often some gray area here, especially if you are in the recovery phase of a virus or bacterial infection.  If you’re unsure about your situation, please call me before your appointment and we can make a decision together.

Yours in health,
Dana Brandt-Tinker

13 Things You Didn’t Know About Massage

Only 32% of adult Americans received a massage in the past 5 years. And even fewer get massages on a regular basis. So it’s not surprising that most people don’t know much about massage.

Here are some fun facts to build your knowledge:

1. Massage can help you sleep better. (Even if you don’t fall asleep during your massage.)

2. When your back hurts, that might not be the only area that needs massage. Sometimes back pain comes from the hips, legs or even the abdominal muscles.

3. Likewise, sometimes hand, and arm pain is caused by dysfunction in the neck and shoulders.

4. You can stop a massage session at any time. You never give up control of your body. At any time during a massage you can say “no”, “stop”, or even “can you just work on my neck for the rest of the time and skip everything else?” If you are uncomfortable or feel like the therapist isn’t hearing your feedback, or if you just feel like the table is too hard and you have to pee and gosh, this is awful. You can end it.

5. Massage can help your mood. It’s been shown to be helpful in treating both anxiety and depression.

6. Even small therapists can provide extremely deep pressure. It’s not about size, it’s about the techniques we use!

7. Massage doesn’t ‘detoxify’ your body. That whole thing is a silly myth. It was taught in many schools and you may have heard me say it, back before I knew better. But we know now that it’s just not true.

8. Massage is safe in the first trimester of pregnancy (unless there are unusual health issues).  Some practitioners choose to not do it, but that’s a liability choice and they might ask you for a prescription from your OBGYN. If you’re not sure if the practitioner does pregnancy massage please don’t hesitate to contact them.

9. Deep tissue massage, or any massage, doesn’t need to be painful to be effective. For reals. Run screaming from any practitioner who insists there needs to be pain in a treatment. But remember, the therapist might find areas that you didn’t even know was tender.

10. Scars are living tissue that can be transformed with massage and other manual therapies, no matter how old they are. And they can be affecting you in places farther away from the visible scar than you’d ever suspect.

11. It’s OK to focus on certain areas of discomfort and not always get a full body session. If you only want your arms massaged, that’s fine, too.

12. Your massage therapist loves your feedback. We like to know if you hate having your feet touched, and if you love having your ears massaged. We like knowing your musical preference and if you prefer to start face down or face up.

13. It’s also okay if you prefer to let our hands do the walking to design the specific treatment plan tailored to your specific needs for the session based on what we feel.

Do you have questions about massage?
Email me at nourishingmassage@gmail.com or
ask me at your next appointment (BOOK HERE) and I would LOVE to answer them!

Yours in health,
Dana Brandt-Tinker