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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!

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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

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

5 Simple Steps To Survive The Holidays

The holidays can bring unwanted stress into many peoples lives. Some people find it to not be ‘The Most Wonderful Time of the Year’. Our schedules become packed with family events, gathering of friends, and volunteer tasks. With all this going on we become overwhelmed and unable to find the joy in the season. On top of that we have to put on our happy face even though we might be grieving inside.

So here are a few less-typical Holiday Survival Tips. Maybe you’ll find a golden nugget in here.

Ditch Obligations
Just because you’ve always gone to Aunt Sue’s for Christmas Eve doesn’t mean you always have to. You can stop going.

Say, “I’m starting a new tradition this year, I’m really looking forward to cooking with my husband and having a quiet night.” Then set up another time to visit Aunt Sue when you’ll actually be able to visit her, instead of just a hug between appetizers while stuffed into a small house with 30 loud relatives.

Reframe Obligations
When I hear people complain about all the ‘stuff’ they have to do, I usually say, “Stop doing it!” The typical reply is, “Oh, but I really like cooking a feast so we can have plenty of leftovers”. If you enjoy cooking a feast than that’s great! I can respect that. But, I suggest you to stop looking at it as a chore. Do it because you want to, because it brings you joy. Quit doing it because you “have” to do it. You can always start a new tradition by going out to eat. Then you won’t have to cook and clean the dishes afterwards.

Surround Yourself People That Bring Meaning and Joy Into Your Life
Some of us are not close with our families. For many, many people, family relationships are rarely nourishing and often painful. We’ve built friendships that stand in for the sibling and parental relationships that will simply never be fulfilling.

So why feel obligated to spend a holiday with anyone other than those who bring us joy and unconditional love? Create a holiday plan with the people you most enjoy and cherish. or at the very least, an escape plan to unwind with the people who will let you vent after a stressful family interaction.

Step Back From the Gift-giving (and receiving) Or Just Change It Dramatically
Do you really want another candle or chemical-filled bath set. Do you really want to be giving that to someone else? Blech. Maybe it’s time to reexamine your gift-giving habits. Instead of exchanging gifts with your adult friends and family, you can decide to spend that money to have a great dinner together in January. Or if there are younger kids within the family agree to not exchange gifts and use that money to go towards the kids gifts or their college education.

If you really feel attached to giving a tangible object, you can simplify the process. Find one universal gift, and give it to everyone. A jar of local honey from your favorite local apiary, a gift card to one of your favorite local farms, or a holiday ornament purchased from a local small business.

Rethink Your Assumptions
Just because you’ve always done the holidays a certain way, doesn’t mean you have to keep doing that. It’s all your choice. Sometimes you don’t even need to change the pattern, just recognizing that it’s a choice is enough.

What changes do you plan on making to improve the joy within your holiday season? Please feel free to share in the comments below!

Wishing you a happy, merry, joyous whatever-you-celebrate. I hope you get exactly the holiday you want (and deserve) this holiday season.

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