Saturday, October 29, 2011

Half Hour Massage

Here is my next email blast I will be sending out on Monday! This is promoting 30 min. massages. If you don't have time to come in for a full hour or more, a 30 min. massage can be just as beneficial by focusing on a specific area where you could be experiencing pain. If you have any suggestions please let me know because it always helps to get a second or third opinion. I hope you all are staying healthy and relaxed during this soon to be busy holiday season! 

Love Always, 

Samantha, LMT

Friday, October 21, 2011

Living a Healthier Life

As a Massage Therapist it is extremely important to keep myself healthy! These past two weeks I have been striving to eat healthier every day. Of course I had some mishaps down the road (ice cream and chocolate cake), but we all deserve a little treat now and then! I made this  salad the other night for dinner  accompanied with organic herbal lettuce, red pepper, apple, cucumber, and carrots. Of course it takes a bit of time to cut everything up but it is extremely worth it! I have been eating a salad almost everyday now for the past week. It's honestly something I crave now. I also had a bowl of hot tomato basil soup to go along with my salad... which is to die for. If for some reason you have never had it, go to the grocery store right now and get some, it'll rock your world. It is so easy to make a healthy salad or soup and the result is: Living A Healthier Life. 

Apple Cider Vinegar... This has so many benefits to your health you would think it's Heaven sent! 

Here are just a few main health benefits that come along with it: 
  • breaks down fat and is widely used to lose weight
  • a daily dose in water has high blood pressure under control in two weeks!
  • cures for allergies (including pet, food and environmental)
  • can help cure sinus infections
  • help prevent acne
  • can lower high cholesterol
  • prevents from getting the flu
  • helps relieve chronic fatigue
For daily maintenance, weight loss and pH balancing:
2 teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar
16 ounces of water
Sip, don't chug!

I have personally found that mixing it with apple juice is easier than water, only because straight apple cider vinegar and water can be pretty harsh! For a lesser intake of sugar I mix it with half apple juice and half water. For more information about the benefits of apple cider vinegar I would highly suggest researching it! I hope you all are taking steps everyday to: Living a Healthier Life. 

Love Always, 
Samantha, LMT 

Monday, October 17, 2011

New and Improved!

This is an updated version of my next email blast I will be sending out tomorrow. If you find any mistakes or have more input on what you think could make it better, please feel free to let me know!
Love Always, 

Samantha, LMT 
The Many Benefits of Massage
and why you should receive one
"Are there any other benefits to massage instead of it just feeling good?"
A professional massage can:
  • decrease in stress hormones and increase in white blood cells
  • create higher levels of oxytocin
  • soothe pain from arthritis and even surgery
  • may boost your immunity by reducing the stress hormone cortisol
  • increases blood circulation 
  • can trigger a boost in serotonin, a natural antidepressant

Villa Toscana Day Spa
  • Swedish Massage
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Express Massage
October Specials:
30min $25
60min $45
90min $55

(valid until October 31, 2011)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Benefits of Massage

This is the email blast that I will be sending out either tomorrow or Monday to all my massage clients. If you have any ideas or comments to help me improve on it or want to sign up to receive my email blasts please let me know and I would love to add you to my list! I hope you all enjoy reading this and keep your bodies healthy and happy!
 Love always,
 Samantha, LMT 

The Many Benefits of Massage
and why you should receive one
"Is there something beyond the fact that it feels good?"

Last fall there was a test with 53 healthy adults who received one of two types of touch treatments. Blood tests revealed that those who had a Swedish massage with moderate pressure experienced decreases in stress hormones and increases in white blood cells, indicating a boost in the immune system. Meanwhile volunteers who had a "light touch" treatment showed higher levels of oxytocin, a hormone that promotes bonding. Based on the findings, Mark Rapaport, MD,believes that massage might be effective in treating inflammatory and autoimmune conditions.

"We're finding biological changes associated with a single massage session," he says. "That's saying something."

p.s. sorry about this being off my page a little bit.. I couldn't get the margins to fit right without it being too wide.

First Massage of The Day...

My first massage of the day was just stressful... I have yet to have an experience like this one. My client was extremely picky and just had a "tone" to her voice... you know that "tone" I'm talking about. The one where she is saying something that is nice, but it sure doesn't sound nice sort of "tone". Around 10 minutes into the massage, my CD player broke. If you have received a massage before, having relaxing music playing is key. It can be very awkward when it's silence... and it was. So I politely asked her if I could step out because there was another CD player outside that was hooked up to speakers throughout the spa. She said okay, by that point I was pretty frazzled. It's so easy for me to get stressed out about something, especially when I give something my all and things just happen outside my control and mess it up. Nothing is more frustrating then that.
Then she was too cold, so again I had to step out of the room to turn the air up. So far I have left the room twice, which is a big no no.
As I was trying to collect myself inside I hear a beeping... and of course she hears it too and is annoyed by it so again I had to leave the room, find the beeping (which was a timer that went off for no reason) and turn it off. Now I have left the room 3 times! And might I add that every time I tried to open the door I looked stupid because my hand kept slipping because of the lotion. It took me about 3 tries to actually get the door open every time.
Also, she didn't like the smell of my lotion. It's not that I was upset at her by any means. I was more upset about the fact that she didn't fully receive what she needed, which was a relaxing massage to distress. I never want to make any of my clients (or anyone) feel uncomfortable or unrelaxed.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Vertical Response

I recently have created an account with Vertical Response so I can send out email blasts to my clients.
This is one of the best decisions I have made yet! It is extremely easy to use and provides emails with professional templates, postcards, surveys, and so much for. I would suggest using Vertical Response if you are in need of this type of program. This display you see below is an email I sent out earlier today to all my clients. Whoever receives my email blasts are able to "like" it to Facebook, "Tweet" it, or "In Share" it (honestly I do not know what that is, so if you do please tell me). I am so excited to keep progressing my business further and further (God willing). If you want to sign up for my email list, please let me know! I would be more than happy to send you all the specials and other information along with my massage therapy business.

This is a 30% discount!

Do you have a birthday coming up?

We'd love to celebrate your special day with you. Receive a massage and a 30% discount on your special day. Can't come in on the day? No worries. Just let us know it's your birthday present from us and we'll apply it on your next visit.

Either way, enjoy your birthday by treating yourself to a relaxing massage! 
Call to Schedule Your Special Day Appointment Today! 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Staying Fit

Being a massage therapist it is extremely important to stay in tip top shape! Massaging takes more energy out of you then you may think. After a massage session my hands and arms usually are always sore! It is so so so important to strengthen my body in order to prevent future injuries. The average massage therapist only lasts two years in the working field... two years?! I need my body to function and work for many more years to come than just a puny two. So in order to keep my job as a massage therapist going for more then two years, my wonderful boyfriend is planning on becoming my personal trainer. He already knows a ton of exercises and tips for working out because him and his dad have been training together for years. He actually plans on becoming a personal trainer for his career. I know that it is perfect for him, and I have faith that he can be extremely successful in that field.

He has decided to take me on as his "ginny pig". For the next 6 months he will keep a workout journal of all my workouts and all the details that are involved in them. Yesterday was my first "official" workout and I am definitely feeling it now... Being sore is one of those love hate feelings. You love it because you know you worked your muscles hard. You hate it because getting up and sitting down becomes a hassle throughout your day! Anyways, I couldn't be happier where I am at in my life right now. God is so good and always provides for His children. We just have to have faith and trust in Him to guide us along out journey through life. If we do that, then there is no reason to worry we are doing the wrong thing.

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