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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.

The Double Unwind

In Business, CT, for sale, Indulge, Manchester, Massage, self care, Specials, Uncategorized on September 7, 2017 at 10:30 AM

I have news to share. Many of you know that back in February I had to leave the original location of the studio unexpectedly. For the past six months or so I’ve been improvising in make shift spaces, and for a short time have been sharing a room with a new yoga instructor.

The news: we are relocating and expanding our current space.

I’ll be back on Main St in Manchester – just a few doors in the opposite direction of my original spot. A local man has purchased the old armory in town and has plans to rehab it and lease spaces to local businesses. When I walk through the building I have visions of it being an artist / wellness spot in town – there’s so much potential!!

To welcome you to the new location I’ve teamed up with the yoga instructor, Ellen Mangiafico, to create a special for the month of November. Grab a friend and come in for an hour of unwinding for only $50 each!! You’ll get a half hour massage and a half hour one-on-one yoga session at an enormously reduced rate.

I’m excited for you to come see our new location and to continue to grow and expand in Manchester.

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**Note – we will be moving into our new spot sometime in October. Until then you can still receive normal services at our current location on East Center Street.

Book your next service online HERE.

Online Booking for Massage Appointments!

In Massage, Refresh, self care, Uncategorized on August 20, 2016 at 12:42 PM

“Self care is not selfish or self-indulgent. We cannot nurture others from a dry well. We need to take care of our own needs first, then we can give from our surplus, our abundance.”  ~Jennifer Loudon~

 

Finding time to fill your well just got super easy!  Just click on the “booknow on MassageBook” button to book your next appointment. Then take a big sigh of relief as you anticipate the peace and relaxation that awaits you.

 

Book Now on MassageBook.com!

 

Looking for the perfect present for a loved one who needs a mini vacation?  Gift certificates can now be purchased online too. What could be more simple?

 

Purchase gift card on MassageBook.com!

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

In Massage, Uncategorized on April 8, 2016 at 3:39 PM

#14  A good majority of people still think taking care of themselves is an indulgence.

It’s true. With all the busyness of life, feeling 10 steps behind yourself in the day, taking the time for a health break can often feel like a poor use of time. When some days the time to brush your teeth or your hair feels like a negotiation, how can you justify an hour for a massage? Or even a 10 minute meditation break?

With the cumulative effects of stress on the body, how can you not? Not managing the pressures of your life can decrease your health both mentally & physically. If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed, been moody, had a hard time quieting your mind, felt depressed or are finding yourself isolating from others – you may be experiencing some symptoms of unmanaged stress. I was astonished to learn in massage school that upwards of 75% of all doctor’s visits are stress related. If you are sleeping less, have headaches, muscle aches, high blood pressure, etc. as a result of something that you have the power to reverse naturally, why wouldn’t you?

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A few of the many ways massage can support your health and well-being? It gives you a mental break and helps you remember how to let go. It is calming to the nervous system, increases the flexibility of joints, eases muscle aches and can help you sleep better. It can increase circulation and help boost the immune system and decrease the stress hormone cortisol.  It can also increase serotonin leaving you feeling lighter and more at peace. All of this without taking any medications and with the added bonus that it just plain feels good.

Being “selfish” is actually one of the most selfless things you can do. By taking care of you – body, mind and soul – you’ll have more to offer your loved ones now and in the future.

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