4 Things That Surprised Me About My Four-Hand Massage

4 Surprises from my Four Hand Massage

I don’t normally use such a personal tone in my posts, but today I feel I need to make a notable exception.

We’ve posted about four hand massage on this blog before, but now that I’ve had a taste of this epic massage experience first hand, I thought I’d pass on exactly what it was like for me.

The idea behind a four-hand massage is this: two therapists (generally with two hands each) massage you at the same time. This is usually handled in a way that one therapist is working on the upper body while the other works on the lower body, and then they may switch. Hypothetically, one can work on the right side while the other works on the left, but this was not my experience for this session.

If you’d like to book a four-hand massage for yourself, just let us know.

The two therapists I had work on me were Vanessa Mabra and Tianna Hull. Both have a reputation at The Good Life Massage for being able to do both relaxation and treatment work very well. Vanessa, however is a bit stronger on the relaxation side. This was a great combination.

I admit that it was a little strange to meet my therapist for the session and find that I was talking to not one, but two people! I’m not sure just why, but it was somewhat intimidating. There was no reason to be intimidated, of course.

They had me lie face down on the table to start. Normally I like music with my massage, but I settled for the soothing sound of waves from the white noise machine. I wanted to be particularly mindful during this session, paying close attention to what was going on with the massage and what I was feeling.

We began with Vanessa working my back, getting me settled in and warmed up while Tianna did some much-needed treatment work on my thighs and glutes. I’ve been walking and riding a bike around town a lot more lately, so it was badly needed. According to Tianna, I was pretty tight down there, which would normally mean that whatever work she did would have been somewhat uncomfortable, if not painful.

But here’s the thing:

I don’t remember and discomfort!

Vanessa was doing such an excellent job working my back and getting me relaxed that I didn’t even notice what was going on down there.

By the time Vanessa had moved up to give my neck and scalp a treat, Tianna was already working on the bottoms of my feet. I’m very ticklish there, but Tianna used just the right pressure on my feet in just the right places. Vanessa had made me feel like I was floating on a cloud while Tianna had made me feel like my feet had been replaced with a brand new set.

I had a 90 minute session, and it’s hard to imagine a better way to pack so much care into so little time.

I walked away with a lingering feeling of relaxation and well-being over my whole body I won’t soon forget. In fact, I dare say it helped me make some much-needed spiritual and mental adjustments. I found myself doing more self-care in the days that followed. I felt more connected to my body and my own needs in a way I couldn’t have expected.

If you’d like to try a four-hand massage, don’t hesitate. The cost may seem high for just one massage, and I get that, but it really is an experience that’s greater than the sum of its parts. It’s not just two sessions-in-one, but a form of nuclear fusion for massage–two skilled massage therapists combining their expertise to maximize both care and relaxation.

Four hand massage is also the ideal way to gift someone massage. It’s the kind of thing where someone you love might feel like they would want it, but couldn’t justify spending the money, even though they would really benefit from it. Trust me: it’s a gift they’ll be thanking you for repeatedly in the years to come.

Want a massage experience you’ll never forget? Book your four hand session now.

I was about to write that this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but I’ll definitely be coming back for more.

Be well.

Tom Gunn is the marketing director and blog editor for The Good Life Massage. You can contact him about hiring him for your social media, writing, or marketing needs at tomgunn@gmail.com

5 Ways a Pre-Paid Massage Package Could Change Your Life

5 Ways a Prepaid Package Could Change Your Life

Prepaid massage packages seem like a lot up-front, but it really is the best value in massage. You get a discount, certainly, but you also get all the benefits of regular massage without the fine-print contracts and commitments that come with big chain memberships.

Prepaid package sessions never expire, and can be used by anyone you wish, not just the person who purchased it. We’ve covered these basics on this blog before, but it’s worth noting how buying a prepaid massage package could be a huge benefit to you and those close to you. In fact, it might just change your life.

A relaxing reward
Are you trying to make a change in your lifestyle to improve your health? Picking up good health habits (or breaking bad ones) can be extremely difficult. Regular massage can be the carrot to get you through the difficult days. Having paid for them ahead of time, all you’ll need to focus on is doing whatever you’ve decided it takes to earn them. Can you imagine a better reward for taking care of your health?

Experience the benefits of regular massage for yourself
We’ve covered the benefits of massage on this blog extensively. But there’s a big difference between getting a massage once or twice a year and being able to come in once or twice a month! You’ll experience:

  • decreased stress and anxiety
  • less pain in the muscles and other soft tissues
  • increased mobility
  • better posture
  • improved sleep
  • a stronger body-mind connection
  • improved self-image and body awareness

And that’s the short list of benefits!

Instant popularity
Did you know? Our prepaid packages are completely shareable. There’s no need for a code, or even a secret password. Tell your friends and loved ones that they can come in and get a massage using your package, and all they need is your first and last name at checkout. You can use one for yourself and give the rest out as gifts, or share them to whatever extent you choose. In fact, you might consider pooling your funds with friends or co-workers and sharing them! You’ll all get the benefits and enjoy the savings.

Get your package now and start sharing the love!

Give your business a shot in the arm
Because our prepaid massage packages are completely shareable, they can be a great fringe benefit for your co-workers or employees. Not only will your workforce think better of you for it, they’ll be more relaxed, happy, and productive.

Relationship rescue
Are you and your significant other at each other’s throats (and not in a good way)? The stresses of life can easily get on top of you and before you know it, the magic is gone. Even a nice evening out can feel more stressful than successful. Couples massage can be the perfect antidote to going out feeling frazzled and grouchy. You’ll both start out your time together feeling as good about each other as possible.

But what does your prepaid package of single sessions have to do with couples massage? You can use two of your single sessions at once and enjoy a couples massage with your significant other! (Note: using your package in this way, you won’t be eligible for the free enhancements and chocolate that come with our couples package.)

Still skeptical? Why don’t you try a prepaid package for yourself!

And there’s never been a better time! Now through the end of June 2017 you can get a prepaid package of single sessions and get not just one, but two bonus massages free! Prepaid Package - Social MediaVisit our packages and gift cards page to purchase, or come in to see us. Did you miss this? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus to keep up on all our deals and promotions.

Tom Gunn is the blog editor and marketing director for The Good Life Massage. You can inquire about his blogging and marketing services by emailing him at tomgunn@gmail.com

The Power of Curiosity

What's in the Box Live Video

See this box? What do you suppose is in it? It could be anything. It could contain a bar of gold big enough to set you up for life. Or it could be exactly what talk show host Geraldo Rivera found in Al Capone’s vault: nothing. You don’t know. Would you like to know what’s in there? I’ll tell you in a minute.

Maybe you’re crazy to find out (stop watching, that graphic isn’t really a live video). More likely, you don’t really care. But you’re curious, aren’t you, even if only slightly?

And that not-knowing, that feeling of wanting to know but that you could find out with a little effort, is called curiosity. And that feeling is powerful, more so than we usually give it credit for. Think about it.

Your curiosity has the power to drive you to

  • Pursue new knowledge or skills
  • Develop new habits or break old ones
  • Lead you to new, creative solutions to perplexing problems

And that’s only the beginning. Curiosity is the driving force behind the greatest minds and innovators the human race has ever seen, including people like Elon Musk, Walt Disney, even Albert Einstein. In fact, Eisntein once attributed all of his success to it, declaring “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”

It’s a good buzz
Curiosity can do all this because it feels good! We’re wired to love novelty and challenge. Novelty is how our fake “live video” graphic got you to read this–a small thing, to be sure, but it’s enough to start something. When we find that the pursuit of novelty leads us to a challenge, that can be so exciting as to become addictive. Why else do you think some people become addicted to video games? Or mountain climbing?

Some have compared curiosity to an itch in the brain–one we scratch by finding the answers to our questions. It’s the reason clickbait continues to exist, no matter how media saavy society becomes, because curiosity is just that compelling.

So what?
Our hope here, today, is to make you aware of your curiosity–to get curious about it, if you will. Pay attention to it. Notice how it feels to be curious. Investigate what it is that piques your curiosity and ask why.

Mindfulness is a skill, one that might require some practice to develop, but it’s well worth it. If you want to improve your life in ways the seem difficult or perplexing, mindfulness and curiosity are likely going to be the keys to your success.

Some places to start are exercise, meditation, and regular therapeutic massage. Taken together, these good habits are the killer apps of mindfulness, establishing a stronger mind-body connection and empowering you to make whatever change in your life you would like to make.

Armed with this awareness, you can begin to understand how powerful your curiosity really is and how it might be harnessed to help you improve your life.

You can even begin to see how you can use curiosity the curiosity of others in leadership, communication, and education. But that’s a discussion for another time.

So, what’s in the box? You’ve just discovered it.

Tom Gunn is the marketing director and blog editor for The Good Life Massage. You can contact him at tomgunn@gmail.com