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Welcome back!

In Business, covid-19, Massage, Uncategorized on July 16, 2020 at 12:48 PM

Welcome back! The massage therapy portion of my business is reopened and ready for you! This video talks about what to expect your first time back. If you have any fears or questions please be in touch so we can talk about it. All of the new required protocols have been set in place to best protect you [and me]. If you’re still unsure about receiving bodywork at this time – let’s talk about setting up a session for long distance energy healing. I’m looking forward to seeing you. Be well. Tania

MAY 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE

In Business, covid-19, Massage, Uncategorized on May 19, 2020 at 3:30 PM

Hello –

Hoping this note finds you healthy and happy. I know our stay at home orders have gone on much longer than any of us anticipated and that people are starting to feel a little restless.

Over the past few days many of you have reached out to ask when you can come back in for your next massage. The answer is – I still don’t know – but I will be back – and will send out notification when that is allowed to happen.

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While I choose to voluntarily do what I thought was going to be a temporary two week shut down on March 15th – the governor then issued orders telling us to close down until further notice. Since then I have also received notification from the CT Department of Health stating that massage therapists are not allowed to practice at this time.

In this moment, the date of reopening is out of my hands.

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Will things be different when we are allowed to conduct business again? Yes. All businesses must go through a self-certification process and uphold any health and safety measures that are issued by the state. The massage therapy profession has not been notified yet as to what this will mean for us, so I will update you when the time comes.

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In the meantime I am still here for you and encourage you to reach out if you have any questions. I’ve posted two videos on social media – one with some reflexology tips to reduce anxiety – to help us stay in touch and focused on ways to do self-care at home.  Let me know if they help and I will endeavor to do more. You can find them on both Facebook and Instagram at Tania Palermo Studio on Main and on my website at taniapalermo.com

May you be healthy. May you be happy. May you be well. May you be filled with peace.
Tania
p.s. photos of flowers inserted because I find them pretty and am hoping they will distract you from the bad news of business still being closed. ;)

I’m still here . . .

In covid-19, Massage, personal, self care, Uncategorized on May 10, 2020 at 4:17 PM

A quick hello to let you know I’m still here and can’t wait to work with you again . . .

 

Two quick ways you can use reflex points at home to help manage anxiety. Let me know how they work for you.

Keeping Quiet

In CT, landscape, local artist, Manchester, personal, Photography, self care, Uncategorized on March 26, 2020 at 4:22 PM

Self-care for me today meant … walking in the woods, taking pictures, saying hello to strangers and  their playful puppies and … reading poetry. What did it look like for you?

 

                                                       

Keeping Quiet

by Pablo Neruda

“Now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still
for once on the face of the earth,
let’s not speak in any language;
let’s stop for a second,
and not move our arms so much.

It would be an exotic moment
without rush, without engines;
we would all be together
in a sudden strangeness.

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Fishermen in the cold sea
would not harm whales
and the man gathering salt
would not look at his hurt hands.

Those who prepare green wars,
wars with gas, wars with fire,
victories with no survivors,
would put on clean clothes
and walk about with their brothers
in the shade, doing nothing.

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What I want should not be confused
with total inactivity.

Life is what it is about…

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If we were not so single-minded
about keeping our lives moving,
and for once could do nothing,
perhaps a huge silence
might interrupt this sadness
of never understanding ourselves
and of threatening ourselves with
death.

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Now I’ll count up to twelve
and you keep quiet and I will go.”

 

 

Take Mini Breaks

In community, Massage, self care, Uncategorized on March 24, 2020 at 10:10 AM
I’ve been talking with fellow small business owner friends about ways to offer our services online. A lot of people I know sell products, so they can keep doing that via Etsy or their websites. Yoga studios are recording their classes and sharing them on YouTube … I’ve been so grateful for this!
While I can’t give you a massage online … we CAN keep talking about self care. It is especially vital right now to take mini breaks from any stress you may be experiencing.
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What’s an activity that you find restorative? I love the combination of spending time in nature with photography. It calms me right down. Look for the light. Focus on any hope you can find. Acknowledge all that IS working, all the good that IS showing up. Stay in the moment and know that RIGHT NOW you do have everything you need.
May you be well.

 

MAY YOU BE WELL

In Massage, self care, Uncategorized on March 13, 2020 at 1:57 PM

To the community of Massage Therapy clients at Tania Palermo Studio on Main:

During this time it continues to be valuable to find ways to reduce stress, calm your nervous system and boost the immune system – and regular therapeutic massage can help you achieve these goals.

I want to assure you that the health and sanitation practices we are all being asked to follow now, have been set in place in my office always, and will continue to be followed diligently. This includes things like washing and sanitizing sheets; blankets; towels; face cradle covers; etc.  Disinfecting surfaces you or I may touch like door handles; tables; stools, etc. I have always, and will continue, to wash my hands and use hand sanitizer both before and after your massage session – and ask that you do the same.

For your part:  please reschedule your session if you are feeling unwell. Come to your massage mindful of your own wellness and cleanliness, wash or sanitize your hands before and after our time together, refrain from touching your face, use a Kleenex if you need to cough or sneeze, etc., and drink more water after your massage to keep tissues well hydrated and functioning with ease.

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Along with continuing to receive therapeutic massage, I recommend doing whatever is possible, within your means, to boost your immune system, lower your anxiety and keep you focused on wellness.

For me that means things like:

Walking outside – the fresh air lifts the spirit, movement is wonderful for the body and spending time in the woods or at the ocean actually reduces stress levels. You’ve heard me speak of Shinrin-Yoku before, which is the Japanese art of forest bathing. They actually use this as a form of preventative medicine and it is proven to reduce stress hormone production, lower heart rate and blood pressure, boost the immune system and plain old made you happy. At the very least it can’t hurt, is free to do and will make sure you feel less cooped up and isolated during this time when we are all being asked to stay home.

I’m also paying attention to:

How much sleep I get. Things like using lavender essential oil at night can help promote a more restful slumber. I’m drinking more water, practicing yoga, doing meditation to raise my vibration and keep me focused on health, and increasing the vitamins and mineral I’m taking. I tend to go for naturopathic, preventative measures first – which means I’ve been including more elderberry syrup, Brazil nuts, spirulina, zinc, vitamin c and other vitamins and minerals into my daily routine.  Do your own research on ways to support yourself and know that operating from a place of calm and ease is a way to be kind to your body and immune system as it supports you through this time.

May you be well. May you be at peace. May you be happy. May you be filled with loving kindness.

Tania

 

ONE WEEK – 10% OFF

In gift certificate, Indulge, Manchester, Massage, Refresh, self care, Specials, Uncategorized on December 2, 2019 at 10:27 AM

Because you deserve it … one week only … online gift certificate special. Take 10% OFF gift certificates for 30, 45, 60, or 90 minute Therapeutic or Swedish Massage sessions.

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It’s not just a treat, it’s a treatment. Give your friends and family the gift of healing hands, a compassionate heart and an intuitive mind this holiday season. Leave them feeling rested, restored and at peace with a massage!

 

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Online gift certificates for massage are on special for ONE WEEK ONLY. From 12/2/19 – 12/9/19 take 10% OFF gift certificates for 30, 45, 60 or 90 minute Therapeutic or Swedish massage sessions!

 

♥  They’ll love you for it.  ♥

FOLLOW THIS LINK TO PURCHASE NOW

OR go to:

taniapalermo.com —->  click the “Online Booking” tab —-> click the “Gift Certificates” button —-> and choose the “Promotions” tab

You could be done with all your shopping in the next 10 minutes! :)

 

 

 

 

Summer Massage Special

In Indulge, Manchester, Massage, self care, Specials, Uncategorized on July 11, 2019 at 5:51 PM

Summer is here. Yay! Vacations, beach time, dinners outside on the deck. We can get so busy spending as much time as possible enjoying the fresh air and sun, entertaining our children, catching up with old friends … that we forget to keep up our self-care routines. I’ve just made it easier for you to set aside an hour for continued “me time”. Today through August 31st, 2019 all regularly priced 60 minute Swedish or Therapeutic Massage sessions will be 15% OFF on appointments booked Tuesday – Thursday.  Just use the secret code word “SUMMER” at check out.

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Follow this link to book your next session now!

 

Newsletter – Week of June 24, 2018

In Business, CT, Manchester, Marketing, Massage, Newsletter, self care, Specials, studio on main, Uncategorized on June 22, 2018 at 4:39 PM

My next newsletter comes out tomorrow  morning – and in it is a crazy good massage special for the month of July.  If you want to sign up to receive future newsletters so that you’ll always know when a special is coming – send me a quick email to tania@taniapalermo.com – and let me know.  All I need is your first name and a valid email address.

While you’re deciding … check out some of next week’s newsletter below:

Port Townsend WA for June 24 newsletter

 

Why I picked PTSM for my initial training in massage .  .  .

I lived in the PNW for many years – specifically Bellingham, WA [or B-ham as some locals referred to it]. When I got the itch to consider massage therapy as a career I made phone calls to lots of local schools. The first thing that drew me to PTSM [Port Townsend School of Massage] was that the woman who answered the phone was from New York!
Seriously.
I’d been missing the East Coast and I loved that she had an accent I was familiar with … and that she was a little – I don’t know the right words for it – maybe forward and loud. All the people I was surrounded by in B-ham were so laid back and nice I sometimes didn’t know what to do with myself.
That was not the deciding factor, of course – but it felt like serendipity and got me to drive out to the school for an interview.
Fun fact about my time there. Each weekend we had class I had to drive down the coast a few hours to get to Whidbey Island to then get on a ferry that took me over to the Victorian Seaport of Port Townsend. One of my favorite parts of the trip was crossing Deception Pass. I wasn’t a photographer then … but stopped as often as I could to take pictures and walk around a little bit.
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If we had time before class started after getting off the ferry, my friend Charity and I would rush to the Tyler Street Coffee House to see if there were any scones available. Seriously the best scone I’ve ever had, and they only made them a few times a week, so scoring one was a treat.
The whole thing was an incredibly rewarding and life changing experience and I wouldn’t change it for anything. In fact thinking about it now is making me heart achingly nostalgic.
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Hydration Recipe:
Keeping hydrated is an important part of staying healthy. Water promotes cardiovascular health, keeps your body cool, helps muscles and joints work better and keeps skin supple. Here is this week’s hydration recipe:
Mango Pineapple Water
Ingredients:
1 medium sized mango, thinly sliced
1 cup pineapple, chopped
Water
Instructions:
Peel and slice one mango. Add 1 cup of finely chopped pineapple and water. Refrigerate 4-6 hours before drinking to allow flavors to infuse.
Bonus Tip:
Possible benefits of eating mango & pineapple:
Mango – may help to – promote clear skin; improve eye health; alkalize the body; & improve digestion.
Pineapple – may help to – aid immune system; support eye health; improve gut health [anti-inflammatory properties]; & strengthen gums.

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DIY Hand & Forearm Massage:

Too much texting?
Don’t worry.
Try this hand / forearm massage to help relax your muscles.
  • Relax one arm, palm up, on top of your thigh.
  • Push the heel of your other palm slowly along the forearm in the direction of your wrist.
  • Use enough pressure to feel some heat, but not to give yourself a brush burn.
  • Do the same thing across your open palm all the way down toward your fingertips, and again over the mound of your thumb.
  • Repeat a few times, and switch hands.

 

 

I’d love to send you tips too. If you want to sign up for the next newsletter leave your email in the comments below – or send me a quick message at: tania@taniapalermo.com

Changing Sleep Patterns

In Essential Oil, Massage, self care, Uncategorized on September 22, 2017 at 2:02 PM

Fall is here. With that comes shifting schedules and potentially interrupted sleep patterns. Kids have to change their nightly routines in order to get up for school on time and our natural rhythms get messed with as daylight grows shorter and the time clocks change.

An easy self-care tool to support your sleep during all this change is to use high quality, pure essential oils.

A popular oil for relaxation is Lavender. [ Don’t get Lavender, Spike – as that is stimulating]

 

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Here are a few ways to incorporate lavender into a nightly, calming routine:

1. Use an aromatherapy diffuser. Add approximately 3-5 drops of pure essential oil per 100 ml of water. You can start the diffuser 30 minutes before bed time to get the scent in the room, and then let it run all night.

2. Make your own linen spray. Add about 20 drops of lavender essential oil to one ounce of distilled water in a spray bottle. Shake well – and spray before bed. Add or remove the amount of essential oil based on your ‘scent preference’.

3. Give yourself a light massage by incorporating the lavender essential oil into a carrier oil such as jojoba or sweet almond oil. Add 15 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil for a 2.5% dilution and massage into your feet, temples and pulse points.

My personal favorite is the diffuser method. It not only lulls me into a deeper state of relaxation … it also makes the whole room smell great.

Let me know if you try any of these and what your experience is like.

Have fun!

P.S. – Massage is another great way to help you relax. You can book your next appointment online by going HERE.

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