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

 

 

Know Your Practitioner, Part VIII — Lisa Matters, LMP

Meet Lisa MattersLMP

Know Your Practitioner is your chance to meet our great LMPs and help you decide which one will best suit you. You might even learn something about the practitioner you’re already seeing. Our practitioners love building long term relationships with their clients and getting to know their specific needs.

By the way, do you have a favorite practitioner at The Good Life Massage? Leave us a review, and make sure to mention them by name. Your review will help others find the treatment they need from the practitioner who’s right for them. Plus, it’s a great way to say thank you for a job well done.

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lisa Matters, LMP. Lisa’s one of our more experienced massage practitioners. She does fantastic work, and we can’t wait for you to try a massage with her. Her massage combines a healing touch and a firm command of various modalities, making her one of the more skilled treatment practitioners here.

Get to know her by reading the interview or watching the video below.

Book a session with Lisa now!

Tell us about your life at home. What keeps you busy outside of work?
I really enjoy horses a lot. I have a two and a half year old grandson and three children who I try to spend as much time with as I can.

How did you get started in massage? What brought you to The Good Life Massage?
I got into the business about eight years ago. I was having a lot of chronic pain conditions that I sought medical help for, mostly conventional doctors, and no one was able to help me. And I was very frustrated. So I decided to go to massage school. I thought maybe if I learned about anatomy and physiology and about how the body works, then I would learn certain techniques that might be able to help me as well as others who struggle with the same conditions.

I graduated in 2009 from Everest College in Fife. I was offered two different jobs. I eventually started working at Massage Envy, was there for about three years, and then I decided I wanted to be in a more clinical environment because I’ve always been very treatment oriented in my work. So I got a job for a doctor working in Newcastle, and I’ve worked there for four years. And I’m working here at The Good Life Massage as well.

What’s your favorite part of this job?
Everyone’s always happy to see me. Probably just knowing that at the end of the session, there’s going to be something during that session that helped that person with their physical condition, and knowing that is going to enhance their life and make their life easier.

How is your massage unique? What keeps clients coming back for more?
I think my clients return because they know that I truly care for them and their well-being. I’m good at finding the problem, addressing it with the correct modalities and with, usually, immediate results.

What are your favorite health habits?
I think it’s important to take time for yourself, to find something you’re interested in. Practicing good eating habits and regular exercise.

Is there a client you’ve worked on who was particularly memorable?
I recently had someone come in who was having lower body trouble, mainly psiatic pain. He also had a condition called piriformis syndrome, and he was having difficulty with his work, with travelling, and just all of his daily activities. He had been to many therapists before and he hadn’t found any relief. The first time that I worked on him and did the lower body work that I felt was necessary, he was very grateful and left the clinic that day saying how much I had helped change his life already. And the next time that he came in for his session he continued to express to me how grateful he was for everything, all the pain relief that he had experienced, and that he’d never had a therapist do that kind of work on him before and had such relief. He started telling me how he was going to write this big article online about the type of work that I did, and how impressed he was with that.

When a client expresses their gratitude to me for the work that I’ve done, it’s very rewarding. That’s a huge part of this profession. I always knew that it was going to be rewarding to help people, and that was why I went into it. But I had no idea that it was going to be this rewarding. So, to see somebody walk away with such gratitude is huge.

Finish this sentence: “I wish my clients knew …”
I wish my clients knew just how grateful I was to be helping them.

Pick a superpower: flying or being able to turn invisible.
I would fly, but I don’t really know why. [laughs]

Thanks, Lisa!

We couldn’t be more excited to have Lisa on board. Book a session with Lisa now, while you still can! Her hours are limited, and she’s already building a steady following.

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

Know Your Practitioner, Part VII: Shaila Suleman, LMP

Know Your Practitioner is your chance to meet our great LMPs and help you decide which one will best suit you. You might even learn something about the practitioner you’re already seeing. Our practitioners love building long term relationships with their clients and getting to know their specific needs.

By the way, do you have a favorite practitioner at The Good Life Massage? Leave us a review, and make sure to mention them by name. Your review will help others find the treatment they need from the practitioner who’s right for them. Plus, it’s a great way to say thank you for a job well done.

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shaila (Shy-luh) Suleman, LMP. She’s early in her massage career, but wow, do we feel lucky to be in on the ground floor! She does outstanding work, and we’re confident she’ll only get better. Shaila’s style is extremely versatile. Her skill and sensitivity will have you rolling off the table in a relaxed, euphoric haze. So let’s get to know her better! You can read the interview below, or watch the video.

Book your next massage with Shaila now!

So, first tell us about yourself. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I really like to go hiking as a hobby. I like being outdoors and I love just enjoying natural beauty at its best. I like hanging out with my friends and family when I can.

How did you get involved in massage? Tell us about the journey that lead you to GLM.
I started massage school back last year. I’ve always been interested in the body and how the body works, as well as different medical conditions. So, I went to school and I started learning about different modalities and practices: chinese cupping, gua sha treatment, moxibustion, Thai massage, and a couple of different other modalities. It just fascinates me so much that all these modalities work towards making your body better and helping improve the status of your health. So, I enjoy doing that and learning more, and getting that ancient wisdom and knowledge.

What do you like about this job? What gets you excited to work with your clients?
What really excites me about work is just seeing people smile and happy after a massage, and knowing that I helped contribute to that–I helped contribute to them becoming happier and healthier and just helping people in general. Because there are so many things in the world that can cause people to be sad or upset or stressed, and I get to be part of that one thing that makes things better for them.

What makes your massage style unique?
I like using a lot of deep pressure. I like using mostly treatment work, but I’ve been told by numerous people that I have healing hands, a healing touch. So, my spectrum of massage goes from very light pressure and really relaxing and soothing to treatment and therapeutic deep pressure.

Pick a superpower: flight or invisibility. Explain your answer.
Out of the superpowers between flying and invisibility, I would choose invisibility. The reason why I like the concept of invisibility is that You can hide away from things! With invisibility, it can be very beneficial to observe and watch things without interferrupting the status or the way things are.

What’s your favorite health habit?
I practice hot yoga in the mornings. I go and do hot yoga for an hour, and it really just helps get my muscles relaxed while being able to stretch further than you can normally stretch. I do practice the modalities I mentioned. I practice cupping on myself, an do practice mostly stretching.

Is there a client you’ve worked with in the past who really stands out in your memory?
When I was in massage school I had a client that I worked on for the first time and she was very sensitive to touch, and she had a couple of health issues regarding her legs. Pressure was a constant problem for her. I wanted to do treatment work and I was used to going in really deep and trying to exercise my strength. But with her I knew I had to go very light and easy. I had to monitor and pay attention to her a lot. At the end of the massage, she was just really ecstatic that I was very nice and used a gentle touch. As the course began to move forward, she would always return to be a client of mine, and she just really appreciated how I would take time with her and talk with her before we got the massage started and listened to her. I paid attention to what she needed and what we wanted to focus on for the day. It really made me feel good that she wanted to come back continuously with me. It was always a pleasure on my end to work with her.

Finish this sentence: “I wish my clients knew …”
I wish my clients knew the importance of stretching and how beneficial that is for everyday life.

Thanks, Shaila!

Have you had a massage from Shaila? Leave a review and be sure to mention her by name! Facebook is our favorite place to read your reviews, but you can find us on Google and Yelp as well.

If you haven’t had a massage from Shaila yet, you don’t know what you’re missing. Book now.

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 blog editor and marketing director for The Good Life Massage. You can contact him or hire him at tomgunn@gmail.com

 

 

How to Start a Workout Routine–One That Sticks This Time

How to start a workout routine

Mark Twain said “Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.”

His point is as well taken now as it was more than a hundred years ago: change is hard! The same can be said of breaking a bad habit or picking up a good one. As of this posting, we’re at that point in the year where New Years resolutions to be more active are a distant memory. Now that the weather is improving, many of us are starting to think about getting taking another crack at it.

But how do you break out of the start-and-stop cycle with your workout routine? What can you do to really make it stick this time?

You may want to begin by thinking about the common obstacles that break your routine and bring your efforts to a silent halt. All these obstacles can be described with the blanket term Resistance. Resistance comes in many forms, and appears whenever you’re trying to make a significant personal change. It swallows your initial burst of enthusiasm with unforeseen circumstances or feelings that can easily derail your efforts and leave you frustrated. Its appearance is inevitable. But if you know it’s coming, you can be ready.

You know the drill
Routine can be key in maintaining an exercise habit long term. This can work really well if most of your days have a steady rhythm. Do you leave work at pretty much the same time each day? Make that unwinding period your gym time. If before work is better for you, then do that. The key to this strategy is consistency and predictability. If your lifestyle isn’t so steady, it might be very difficult to make this strategy work for you.

Your workout won’t take much will power if it’s all part of the plan. If it’s built into your day in a way that’s almost automatic, it will be much easier to punch through the resistance phase and just do it because it’s what’s next on your schedule.

Who’s got your six?
One of the many forms the Resistance takes is the people who are closest to you. Ever try to cut back on your fat intake, only to have your spouse or significant other bring home some form of temptation along with the milk you had them pick up? Ever set a date to hit the gym only to have to cross if off the calendar to do a favor for a friend? Your loved ones aren’t intentionally trying to sabotage you (usually), but when you live with and around people with different needs, their interests inevitably clash with whatever change you’re trying to make in your life. It’s like trying to go the bathroom in an airplane: chances are, meeting your needs is going to mean someone else is going to be inconvenienced.

How do you get past this? It may not be realistic or helpful to announce to everyone in your circle the changes you’re trying to make and ask for everyone’s support. Sure, the bigger the cheering section you have, the better, but not everyone is comfortable with that. Pick at least one person who’s willing to help you be accountable. Tell them when you plan to go exercise and have them check in with you every week or every few days to see how things are going. You’re not asking a lot, and a best friend or romantic partner will probably be happy to help. Better yet, if you have a friend with similar goals, support each other! Keep each other accountable and committed.

If you’re not having fun . . .
You’re doing it wrong! If working out is a miserable experience you dread every time, you’re simply not going to be able to keep it up. Even if you’re just bored and you’re doing it just to do it, you could be in trouble. Sure, you won’t ‘feel like it’ every time, but go anyway. That’s good! The Resistance hates when you do that. But the motivation has to be there. You have to want it, not just for the promised results, but for the experience itself. Try different things! Sign up for various lessons. Find a sport or a class you truly enjoy and make it a part of your who you are. Routines come and go: passion is forever.

Practice makes perfect? No!
Actually, perfect practice makes perfect. Go into each workout with a problem solving mentality, or with a goal to improve. In weight training, that might mean improving your form or raising the amount of weight. In basketball it might mean perfecting your jump shot. Engage with the activity, not just with your body, but with your mind as well. You will see better results from what you’re doing, and skipping out or giving up will be the farthest thing from your mind.

Payoff
Make sure you’re rewarding yourself for sticking with it. Keep track and reward yourself for reaching milestones. (Wherever possible, make sure these rewards don’t involve calories, so as not to compromise your goals.) Massage, it turns out, is both a fantastic non-food reward you can treat yourself to, and a great way to take care of your body. You can even purchase the reward ahead of time as a gift card or in a prepaid package and use it whenever you’ve earned it. It’s easy to place buy a package or gift card online or by phone (425-243-7705). You can also book your appointment online.

A final thought on the Resistance …
If you’re still struggling after trying all these strategies, maybe it’s time to look in the mirror. Is there some underlying issue, some lurking thought error or negative belief about yourself that’s quietly undermining your motivation? A great first step in that direction is to look the Resistance in the eye and recognize it for what it is, no matter what form it takes. If you can name it, you can get around it.

So get out there and stay with it! This time, things are going to be different.

Tom Gunn is the blog editor and marketing director for The Good Life Massage. You can hire him to handle your content and social media marketing needs by contacting him at tomgunn@gmail.com

Massage . . . for Kids?!

Massage for kids

Can my kid get a massage?
Kids aren’t the first thing you think of when you think about massage and spa treatments. It’s true that we serve herbal tea, not soda, and cartoon characters aren’t typically an element of the decor. But can your kid get a massage? Absolutely.

Something for everyone
It’s tempting to feel like there’s something particularly adult about getting a massage. You disrobe (though not necessarily), and there’s a sense that the aches and pains of having a grown body are what massage was invented to relieve. But when you think about it, touch therapy is something that can be beneficial to everyone.

Touch has great physical benefits, aiding in circulation, easing muscle soreness or stiffness, and most of these benefits are associated with what happens when a body begins to get well used and worn out. But the muscles of children and youth need some TLC as well. Growing muscles may not have to put up with the same pain and strain, but kids play hard and sometimes sustain injuries and accidents. The therapeutic benefits are there for them as well.

The psychological benefits also can’t be ignored. As social beings, we’re wired to respond positively to touch. Healthy touch assures us that we’re going to survive because we’re surrounded by people who will care for us. Do kids need to feel that any less than adults do?

It’s never too early to learn
Touch therapy can also help kids establish a stronger sense of self-love as they get through their awkward growing years. You remember adolescence–the persistent feeling that there’s something abnormal about you, the discomfort with your own changing body’s size and shape. All of these can be mitigated with regular massage and touch therapy in a professional setting. Massage helps establish a stronger mind-body connection for kids and adults alike.

Having your child or adolescent get a massage also helps them see touch therapy as a positive part of a self-care routine, and to see that self-care is an important part of a person’s life. Sure, they’ll follow your example, but why not start them now in the habits that will help them lead the happiest, healthiest life possible?

Safety is our priority
While massage has so many of the same benefits to kids as to adults, we do have to take some special measures on our end to ensure they have a safe, positive experience. Every minor client must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The parent or guardian must be in the treatment room during the session. In fact, if you like, the session can be booked as a couples session with the parent on the other table! It takes a little more notice to arrange, this can be a great way to have a good experience with your child.

We will not perform massage on a minor without the signed consent of a parent or guardian. Our clinic policy is that, whenever possible, minor clients are treated by massage practitioner of the same gender.

Aside from this, we also try to go out of our way to make our youngest clients feel comfortable. We’re mindful of their vulnerability in this setting, and the nervousness they might be feeling. We take extra care to let them know that they have total control over their massage experience, just like any adult. We show them how they’ll be draped to protect their privacy, and talk through exactly what parts of their body will be touched and how. Young clients should know that there’s nothing about a massage that they should have to tolerate or endure. The client or their parent are free to terminate the session at any time.

Yes, children and youth getting massage is rare. But maybe it shouldn’t be.

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

The Nominees Are In!

The Nominees are in!

When we started this contest, we had no idea how many amazing entries we would receive.

A few weeks ago, we put out a call for nominees for an amazing woman to receive a free spa day on us, including a full body scrub and mud wrap and a 60 minute full body massage. We asked you to tell us about an amazing, inspiring woman in your life who deserves this more than anyone you know. And wow, did you deliver! Whether your nominee made the final cut or not, we want to thank everyone for participating.

The nominations were so good, in fact, that we couldn’t keep ourselves to just three. So, we have four nominees! Trust us, this is going to be tougher than you think. We’re excited to share their stories with you as they were shared with us by the people closest to them. (Note: the entries have been proofread and edited for length to make the contest as fair as possible)

Shannon
My daughter has cystic fibrosis but has never let that define her. I have watched her health decline severely over the past two years, yet she manages to maintain an optimistic attitude. She is a ray of hope and enthusiasm to everyone who knows her. The last 6 months have been filled with so many tests and procedures, and she is now on the list for a double lung transplant. In spite of all this, she faces each day with a smile, makes the best of her situation, and is a joy to be around. She inspires me daily to look for the positive in every moment. As a mom, it breaks my heart to see her endure so much and there’s nothing I can do to change it. I would love for her to have the luxury of being pampered for awhile.

Nora
Though she’s been through hard times, I’ve never seen a room light up brighter than when she walks in. My mother has suffered great loss from a young age, and eventually lost absolutely everything in an earthquake in 1972 in Nicaragua. She lost her house, her cars, her pets, her friends, and was forced to move into a three room house with about 20 people. My mom started off her motherhood hard as well. She was a single mom hardly scraping by with my brother, but did everything she could to make ends meet, even if it meant working extra shifts and walking in heels for miles to get to work. She would even bring my brother to work when she had nowhere to have him looked after. She is a woman who always will do things on her own, and make whatever she puts her mind to happen. She’s the most inspiring woman I’ve ever met in my life and though my words may not be put to make her seem as amazing as her is, I truly believe she is the most beautiful and kindhearted woman to walk this world.

Aide
(She) literally volunteers almost daily. Whatever Aide does she, gives all her love and creativity. Aide has always been a member of the PTA for both of her kids. She created a Hispanic group at the elementary school where she saw a need of inclusion and support, which made such a positive impact on their school community. She volunteers for the Salvation Army, her church, Birthday Dreams, and Arise. Aide is also a teacher’s assistant at Meadow Crest Learning Center. There, and at every event she helps with she lends her creativity to make it super special and memorable. Aide is always selflessly helping and giving to others. It would be nice to treat her and show her appreciation for all the volunteering she does for our Renton community.

Brenda
There are 8 kids in my family, and each of us would say she is our hero and best friend without hesitation. Looking back on it now, I realize that all through my high school career, she did not buy new clothes for herself. She was teaching me to do laundry when I realized that most of her clothing had holes that she had been skillfully repaired. Thousands of hours of homework, and hundreds of school projects, and she is still not finished. Add to all of this a sister who is autistic, two more siblings on the autistic spectrum, and a teen with ADHD. She never asks for anything for herself. She has taught all my siblings what it means to love and how to care for others. She is so humble and quiet that she would be very embarrassed to read this, much less know that a stranger would read it. But, she deserves it. She deserves the very best. She never takes time for herself, and I would love to give her that gift–one that would recognize her as an amazing and strong woman, and would be a gift that she could not give away or give back or exchange.

So, who is it going to be? It’s up to you! Visit our Facebook page to vote for your favorite, and invite your friends to get on and do the same. Push your nominee over the top! Voting ends on 11:59 PM, Wednesday May 10, 2017, when the winner will be announced. Whoever wins, we’re proud to recognize these amazing women and share their stories.

Tom Gunn is the blog editor and marketing director for The Good Life Massage.