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14 things I’ve learned since leaving massage school : #2

In CT, Indulge, Manchester, Massage, self care, Uncategorized on March 17, 2016 at 2:24 PM

March 15th marked 14 years since my first day of massage school out in Port Townsend, WA.

I spent a little time reflecting on what I’ve learned from having my hands on countless bodies of all different shapes, sizes, and levels of health over the years.  In random order here are some of my observations and things I wish my clients knew.

#2 Wherever you are in your self-care journey is OK

Yesterday I encouraged you to consider not drinking that quad espresso before arriving for your relaxing massage appointment.

I also need to state that, if you do – it’s OK.

Just show up. Be as present as you can. Do your best to just BE in your body. Let go of an attachment to the outcome of your session time and simply pay attention to what your body may be telling you.

The massage room is a no-judgment zone.

Sometimes you’re going to come in and zone right out. Other times you’re going to chat nonstop because it’s the only way to let yourself unwind. You may get one massage a year because you still feel guilty taking “me-time” or because that’s what your budget allows. Sometimes you’ll come in once a week and think a 90 minute massage isn’t enough time because you know that the more your needs are met, the more of you there is to offer to your loved ones. It’s all good.

This could be you...

One of my favorite regular clients was an older woman who started taking care of herself much later in life. She said she didn’t start understanding the value of self-care until she was an ‘old lady.’

At our first meeting she told me (para phrasing), “Look – this is my body. Take it or leave it. It’s been well used. It’s birthed children. It has scars and wobbly bits. There is a tattoo where most people will never see it and hair growing in places I wish it wouldn’t. I’ve spent my whole life taking care of others, putting myself last or not on the list at all. I’ve never felt worthy of this kind of indulgence. Now I know. Life goes by fast. People I spent my whole life nurturing have died. I worked 40 years at a job and never felt appreciated. Now my body is breaking down and there is no one here to piece me back together.  I deserve to be loved, nurtured, valued and respected. I’m making up for lost time here doll, so make it good!”

It took her most of her life to learn how to receive, but once she figured out how valuable she was nothing was going to stand in her way. I know you deserve to carve out time to take care of you. My client knows it too. And wherever you are on that journey – whatever kind of time and space you carve out, or don’t –  however you show up – is perfectly OK.

Small Business Saturday 11-28-15

In Indulge, Massage, Open House, self care, Specials, Uncategorized on November 23, 2015 at 5:51 PM


May Massage Special | Mother’s Day | Manchester, CT

In Indulge, Massage, Refresh, Specials on May 9, 2014 at 5:39 PM

I posted a few days back that May 1, 2014 was the one year anniversary in the studio. As a thank you for your continued support I’ve created my own mini “living social” sort of special. Buy one massage | get one half off!! The coupons can be purchased through May 31, 2014 and are valid through October 2014.  I’ve had many last-minute phone calls today inquiring if these can be purchased for Mother’s Day Gifts. Yes! Hurry on down. You still have time. :)


Vintage 8 | Fine Art Prints | Manchester, CT

In Art, Indulge, local artist, Photography on May 2, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Coming soon to the studio – “the vintage 8”. Eight handcrafted, mix and match 8×8 prints of a handful of nostalgic items.


Massage Special | Manchester, CT | One year anniversary

In Business, Indulge, Massage, Specials on April 24, 2014 at 4:03 PM

May 1st will mark the one year anniversary for Studio on Main. Seems like just yesterday I was hanging the sign out front and crossing my fingers that someone would come. To thank you for your continued support I’m pampering you with a rare massage special. Reduce stress and ease your aches and pains by purchasing a limited offer coupon – buy one massage / get one free! Contact the studio for details.


Massage Gift Certificates | Special | Manchester, CT

In Indulge, Massage, Specials on November 27, 2013 at 5:15 PM

$60 Swedish Massage Special | Manchester, CT

In Indulge, Massage, Specials on October 24, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Win a FREE Massage | Manchester, CT

In Business, Indulge, Massage, Specials on October 19, 2013 at 9:15 AM

On November 1st I’ll have made it six whole months in business!! To celebrate I’ll be creating an opportunity for you to enter a raffle drawing to win a free massage. Details to follow. :)

Natural Face Lift – Massage Special for September/October 2013

In Indulge, Massage, Refresh, Specials on September 17, 2013 at 3:47 PM

September/October 2013

Neck, Scalp & Face Massage!!

We will combine Swedish massage techniques for relaxation and elongation of the muscles with the natural face lift reflexology points of Facial Rejuvenation to leave you feeling refreshed and younger looking. Normally $35.00 for 30 minutes this new treatment is on special for September/October 2013 for only $25.00. Book now!

Open Tuesday-Saturday by appointment. Call to schedule your massage: 860.306.0067

Saturday Morning Yoga – Manchester, CT

In Indulge, Yoga on September 1, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Ellen Mangiafico will be teaching a beginner Embody Yoga class in our studio. It will run for six Saturday’s in September and October. The first class is September 7th from 9:30-10:30 AM and is being offered at an introductory rate of $5.00.

To learn more please see our Facebook Event page here. We are looking forward to seeing you. ♥

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