Know Your Practitioner, Part V: Tianna Hull

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Know Your Practitioner is your chance to become more familiar and comfortable with your massage practitioner. If you aren’t sure which of our talented practitioners would be best for you to come back to regularly, this is a great way to meet them and get to know who they are, both personally and professionally. This is Part 5 in the series. To learn more about our other therapists, check out Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

 

We’re pleased to introduce you to Tianna Hull, LMP. Tianna (as in, “Would you like some more tea, Anna?) comes to GLM with experience primarily in treatment settings. Like our co-founder, Amy Gunn, Tianna is a graduate of the Utah College of Massage Therapy. Her enthusiasm for her work is as infectious as her smile. Her dedication is inspiring. As of this posting, she’s only been on our schedule for a few weeks and is already building a loyal following of clients. We sat down with Tianna to get to talk about her life, her work, and what makes her style of massage unique.

Tell us a little something about your personal life: hobbies, interests, family, friends, etc.
I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. I do art, music, dance. That’s why I like massage. It’s rather artistic and creative. I went to school for massage therapy in Utah so that I could help my mom who was sick for a really long time with fibromyalgia and still is, but massage has been a great healthcare thing for us, and it’s something that I like to bring to others to help change their lives too.

Tell us more about your career in massage. How did you get started? What events lead to you working here?
My mom and I were going to doctor’s appointments for ten years: every week, monthly to the hospital because she was in so much pain, and we couldn’t figure out what was going on. So they had her on all kinds of medications and nothing was working. So she started seeing some massage therapists, and that seemed to help her relieve some of that stress and pain that she was feeling. So it dawned on me that if I actually wanted to help her get better, that I should go to massage school, and we should just try and help her heal by doing that.

 
What’s your favorite part of this job? What gets you excited to come to work?
A lot of things! The people, mostly: the people I work with, my clients. I love meeting new people, hearing their stories, where they come from, what they do in life, and everybody’s so different. Every massage is different, and that’s what I like about it. I’m never bored. I never have to want for variety in my days. There’s always variety.

What is it about your massage that keeps your clients coming back? What makes you stand out from the other GLM therapists?
My clients have often told me that they always feel very relaxed, centered, and more stress-free when they leave. So that’s what I kind of build my practice around is making sure they get that relaxation time as well as doing really productive work. I like to make sure that we’re making headway on whatever physical ailments they have. I’d say that’s what it is. They always leave feeling better.

Other than that, I’ve had clients say I do really great head and face work, so I guess if headaches are a concern, I might be the practitioner for you.

Pick a superpower: flying or turning invisible. Explain your answer.
Flying, for sure. Those are the best dreams I have, when I’m flying and get to go anywhere in the world. I always like to think about things from a different perspective. To be above the land to see things from a different point of view would be really cool.

We’re all about wellness here. What’s your favorite health habit? This can be something that you’re working on, have mastered, or just feel like our clients should be doing.
Nutrition. I don’t know enough about it. That’s something I always like to learn more about. I think health is based in nutrition. The more nutrition you’re taking in, the easier it is for your body to heal. So when we do massage, we’re creating inflammation to help heal the muscles, but if you don’t have enough nutrition for your body to actually do that repair, you’re not helping yourself. So I always try to eat healthy and make sure I’m drinking plenty of water. That’s number one for me.

Finish this statement: I wish my clients knew …
…how much I care about them. Or, I wish my clients knew truly how beneficial massage therapy is.

She has a lot of time on the schedule, but the sessions are filling fast! Book yours today.
As with everything on this blog, none of this information should be construed as medical advice or care. The employees of The Good Life Massage, including the writers of this blog, are not medical doctors. Consult with your physician before making any changes to improve your health.

Tom Gunn is the Marketing Director and blog editor at The Good Life Massage. You can follow him on Twitter @ElManoRoboto or on his website at http://www.TGunnWriter.com

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Feel Better Now! The Pros and Cons of 30 Minute Massage

Without question, the most popular massage we offer is the 60 minute Swedish massage. But sometimes our book gets full. (Okay, real talk: it’s full most of the time.)

And sometimes your busy schedule won’t allow for an hour session. Sometimes you’re just in pain and need work done in one specific area.

For that, we offer 30 minute massage sessions.

Book your a 30 minute massage today.

Pros
Less time! You might think an hour massage is just an hour of your time, but think again. New clients need to factor in time to complete paperwork, and everyone needs to factor in the unforeseen delay. There’s also the time getting undressed and then dressed, checking out, etc.

A half hour session can be a great way to get the work in that you need without the big commitment. (Bonus: since it’s a smaller unit of time, it’s actually a little easier to get in on short notice.)

Focus. When you go in for a half hour session, it’s understood that there’s only really time to treat one or two focus areas. Your practitioner won’t be worrying about making time to get in a full body massage. Their treatment is focused, and so is their attention.

Treatment. Got a terrible crick in your neck? Is there just one area where you have persistent pain that just needs to be rubbed out? A half hour session might be all you need. Keep in mind, though, that the more chronic the pain is, the more regular massage sessions it will take to heal the problem. You can’t expect to reach your fitness goals after just one workout, right? Massage can be the same way. Having said that, many clients report feeling better after just one focused treatment. Your mileage may vary.

Cons
It’s over already? If you’re looking for a relaxing experience as well as treatment, you might want to consider going with a longer session. A half hour usually isn’t enough time if your goal is to release the cares of the day and escape your stress for a while. Sixty minutes is enough to get that job done for most people, but have you tried a 90 minute or 120 minute session? That is relaxation.

Not the best value. Half hour sessions are proportionally more expensive than full-body sessions. It’s like buying a small soda: you’re not getting the best value for your money, but maybe that doesn’t matter to you as much as getting only the amount you want.

So, we leave it to your best judgment. If you don’t feel like you need the length of a regular session, or if you’re short on time, a half hour session might be the ideal way to feel better right now.

Book your 30 minute massage today.

Tom Gunn is the marketing director and blog editor for The Good Life Massage. You can find him online at TGunnWriter.com