March 20, 2018

What? All I get is a thank you?

Last week I was working with a new client. I’ve had a lot of new clients lately, but that’s another story for another time. One thing I’ve realized is I’m not the best massage therapist for your first massage. You’d like to have […]
March 25, 2017

Leaving my opinion at the door…

We all say we are going to ‘leave our opinion at the door.’ But, I have to admit, I almost blurted out a reaction the day my client said, “George W. Bush will be remembered as one of the greatest presidents […]
February 18, 2017

Have you ever had to fire a client?

Oh sometimes this is ugly. Firing a client is ugly because it’s never about them. It’s about us. How dare I say firing a client is about you?!? Well my pretties, it’s the truth. The first time I fired a […]
March 15, 2016

Tales from the Table: Jim

New client…Health Intake sheet…to make things a little easier, I’m helping Jim thru the paperwork. He’s 70 years old.  I ask, “Medications?” Yup. He brought a list. “Any major surgeries?” He tilts his head asking, “Ever?” I smile, “Sure.” Pen ready. […]
February 1, 2016

Have you passed the test?

In the past, I have dropped the ball. I’ve shared some of the mistakes I’ve made and I will continue to give you a good laugh with those. However, I wanted to get serious for a moment. As a busy […]
July 14, 2015

ABMP promotes EveryBODY deserves a massage week

ABMP says your participation counts-but I say think twice. The Association of Bodywork & Massage Professionals is proud to sponsor the national event, EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week, and looks forward to the participation of many massage therapists July 12-18, […]
April 30, 2015

How not to f*ck-up a session

God gave us two ears and one mouth so we can listen twice as much as we speak -Epictetus. Active listening is a lost art. When did it stop being taught in massage schools? When did it disappear from massage sessions? […]
December 14, 2012

Mistakes I’ve made #2

Shocked. I remember the amazement I felt. Not a good amazement. Read on… A well-educated male, regular client of the center asks, ‘Can I leave the sheet off my chest? It’s a little warm in here.’ I agree. ‘No problem,’ […]
October 15, 2012

On the Death of a Client

This week I learned of the passing of a LONG time client. It appears to be at her own hand. Although after speaking to her most recent massage therapist, we both agree it was probably accidental. Found in her vehicle, […]