Archive for April, 2013

April Daily Blog Challenge – Day 30 – I’ve completed my blog challenge

Today is 30th April and marks the final day of my April Daily Blog Challenge. I made my challenge public by announcing it on twitter at the start of the month. Because of my public declaration and also mentioning it on my monthly e-newsletter I had to see this challenge through to the end. Including [...]

April Blog Challenge – Day 29 – Offering discounts

In the last few years there has been a growth in websites offering discounts prices at restaurants, spas and for massage treatments. In The UK the most popular websites are Groupon, Living Social and KGB deals. I have seen massages offered as low as £19 for a 1-hour session. In these times of austerity these [...]

April Blog Challenge – Day 28 – Foot relaxation exercises

Ankle rotations To stretch and loosen the muscles of the feet and improve circulation to the ankles;  first circle the foot clockwise several times, then repeat the circle in an anticlockwise direction several times. As you draw a full circle in the air with your big toe, move your foot through all four directional movements. [...]

April Daily Blog Challenge – Day 27 – My massage therapy room

Here are some photos to show you how my massage therapy room is set up. I display some of my certificates on the wall. They are my ITEC massage, aromatherapy and refelxology certificates. Also my Hot Stone Massage and Advanced Clinical Massage Certificates from Jing Institute of Advanced Massage Training. Displaying my cerificates reassures clients [...]

April Daily Blog Challenge – Day 26 – What I do when I’m not working

I do enjoy my work as a massage therapist but like everyone else I need some downtime. I wanted to share with you some of the things that I enjoy doing when I am not busy working. I am a real music lover and still own a record player and vinyl records. I also have [...]

April Daily Blog Challenge – Day 25 – Chair Massage

Chair massage is a great way to take massage out of the treatment room into a more public arena. A specially adapted chair is used for the client to sit in to receive their massage. No oil is used and the client remains fully clothed. It can be done in the workplace, shopping centres, exhibitions [...]

April Daily Blog Challenge – Day 24 – Music for massage

The music played in the treatment room, spa or clinic can help to create the perfect soundtrack for a massage or reflexology session. The wrong music can be distracting and irritating for the client. In a large spa environment, the therapist may have no choice in the music played as it may be piped into [...]

April Daily Blog Challenge – Day 23 – Essentail oils for insect bites and stings

Summer is my favourite season, it’s nice meeting up with friends for a picnic or seating outside a cafe.  You may open the doors and windows in your house to help keep your rooms cool. A natural part of the summer months is the emergence of  insects such as bees, wasps and mosquitoes.  You may [...]

April Daily Blog Challenge – Day 22 – How not to advertise professional massage treatments

Last week I was walking past a Chinese therapy clinic on the High Street I noticed a picture advertising massage in the window. The photograph below is what I saw. It was the usual photograph of a back massage being given to a woman, but what really caught my eye were the ads below for [...]

Daily Blog Challenge – Day 21 – Massage during pregnancy

The nine months of pregnancy are a special time for any mother-to-be. During this time her body will be going through a number of changes and she may experience some minor ailments that cause discomfort. Some issues during pregnancy include tiredness, nausea, constipation, back pain, stretch marks, fluid retention and nerve impingement syndromes. Emotionally the [...]