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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

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