What Everybody Ought to Know About Frankincense

For millennia, it’s been traded heavily in North Africa and the Arabian peninsula.

It’s a gift fit for kings.

And now it can be yours.

Frankincense is an essential oil extracted from the bark of Boswellia trees–a tough, scraggly form of brush most commonly found in the middle east and North Africa. Its distinctive aroma hits you first with a rich, inviting musk that warms with your body heat, turning almost sweet with citrus-like undertones.

The aroma has a subtly calming and mood-boosting effect, but it’s also beneficial for the health of your skin. It has been shown to restore damaged or aging skin in some measure while helping to maintain the health of existing skin cells.

Research at Cardiff University also suggests that frankincense can be an effective treatment for arthritis. It has also been shown to be effective for joint and muscle inflammation.

We use Frankincense primarily in products where skincare is essential, including our All Natural Eye Cream.

Frankincense is an option when you book a massage session with the aromatherapy enhancement.

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 @tomgunnpoet or visit him online at tgunnwriter.com.

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Know Your Therapist–Amy Gunn

Know Your Therapist is your chance to become more familiar and comfortable with your massage therapist. If you aren’t sure which of our talented therapists 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 2 of a series of posts. Click here to read Part 1.

Amy Gunn has been a massage therapist since 2000 and is one of our most experienced employees. She’s the co-founder of our clinic, and is as passionate about business as she is about massage. She’s built a loyal following over the years, so she can be hard to schedule on short notice, but her clients will tell you her massages are well worth the wait.

We sat down with her and asked her a few questions about her life, her work, and what makes her particular brand of massage unique.

Tell us a little something about your personal life. Hobbies, interests, family, friends, etc.

Amy Gunn, LMP, Co-Founder of The Good Life Massage
Amy Gunn, LMP, Co-Founder of The Good Life Massage

I’ve been married almost 11 years. We have a superhero-obsessed son who is 3 going on 18. He definitely keeps me busy when I’m not at work, and I love it.

I’m a little embarrassed by my number of different hobbies. I really love to write novels (nothing published yet), and knit (always have a project or two in the works) I’ve also dabbled in several different musical instruments. I used to be a decent cellist, but I sound pretty rusty now.

I also did martial arts for several years and really enjoyed it. Lately, I’ve been getting my aggression out at the gym running on a treadmill and doing strength training.

Tell us about your career in massage. How did you get started? What events lead to you working here?

I was actually getting ready to go back to school on scholarship for business marketing back in 1998-99 when I suddenly realized that I didn’t really love the things I was doing and couldn’t imagine doing them for the rest of my career (I mean seriously – I still can’t understand why people enjoy working at a desk all day long!).

I took a break from school instead, and I guess heard one too many commercials for a local massage program. I thought “Hey, I could do that…” Yeah, honestly–that was about all the thought I put into it at first.

I happened to live a few miles away from the Utah College of Massage Therapy, which had such a great program that many people regularly came from out of state, and even out of the country, to study there. I had some great teachers and learned a lot of different modalities, but especially loved my training in deep tissue and other treatment work.

After I graduated, I hung up my shingle with a massage room out of my home. I did that for a few years, and then moved to only outcall sessions for awhile.

Most of my early career, though, was spent doing additional work with hospice agencies, which was rewarding, but stressful. I drove a lot. By the time I left Utah in 2009 I had put over 120,000 miles on my 4 year-old car, and I was pretty burned out too.

I took a few years to go work for someone else at a local franchise. I actually enjoyed a lot of it: mostly the fact that I was working with a team of other LMPs for the first time in my life. But I missed being in the driver’s seat and feeling like I had control over the direction of the business. When I started working there, I’d actually thought that I was just winding down my massage career before doing something else completely. Instead, I found it got me excited to get back out on my own again, this time with even more knowledge under my belt.

I started my own practice called This Side of Paradise in early 2013 and initially just rented space from Kylee and her business, The Good Life Massage. We were technically completely separate businesses. But because we were sharing a single treatment room, we ended up making a lot of business decisions together.

This pretty naturally morphed into an official business merger a year later, though we had no idea that would happen when we first started sharing the space. It’s been awesome to see all the growth we’ve had in the past year since we merged.

What’s your favorite part of this job? What gets you excited to come to work?

I love working one on one with my clients. The most rewarding moments are when someone walks out of the treatment room with a completely different outlook on life because they finally found relief from something they thought was going to plague them forever.

What is it about your massage that keeps your clients coming back? What makes you stand out from the other GLM therapists?

I enjoy giving serious treatment work, partly because the body is a puzzle and I’m trying to work out how to put it back together. I love a challenge! I can go deeper than many therapists do, but in a controlled way. Don’t ask me to go as deep as I can unless you know what you’re really asking for.

Pick a superpower: flying or turning invisible. Explain your answer.

I would probably have to pick flying. Which is maybe ridiculous considering that my ears hurt like crazy when I get on a plane.

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.

I’ve been into having vegetables with every meal lately. I’m not perfect at it, but I work at it. What I like about trying to live this habit is that it has challenged my creativity and sense of adventure.

I’ve gotten very good at sneaking spinach into things like protein shakes and pancakes–where my family and I get the benefit, but they don’t feel like they’re just eating rabbit food.

Finish this statement: I wish my clients knew …

… that I don’t judge their bodies nearly as harshly as they judge themselves. They may look in the mirror and see flabby this or saggy that–imperfections they see above all else.

To me, the human body is a sacred thing–a miracle of nature. And I think that, no matter how the bodies of real people measure up to the ideal body images that are in the media.

I honestly don’t remember those things my clients may hate most about their bodies. What really stays with me is who they are as a whole person. My hope with every massage is that my clients come away feeling more complete, more comfortable in their own skin–more in harmony with the world around them.

Thanks, Amy!

Click here to book a massage with Amy 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.

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Tom Gunn is the official blogger and social media marketer for The Good Life Massage. You can follow him on twitter @tomgunnpoet. 

Know Your Therapist–Kylee Davis, LMT

Know Your Therapist is your chance to become more familiar and comfortable with your massage therapist. If you aren’t sure which of our talented therapists 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.

Our first entry in the series is from one of the founding members of our team, Kylee Davis. In 2012 Kylee Davis opened The Good Life Massage within a few years of getting her massage license. What started as a one-room clinic with two therapists has now grown to a four-room clinic with as many therapists as of this posting. She’s tenacious, outgoing, passionate about her work, and regularly wins the friendship and loyalty of co-workers and clients alike.

We sat down with her and asked her a few questions about her life, her work, and what makes her particular brand of massage unique.

Kylee Davis, Co-Founder of The Good Life Massage
Kylee Davis, Co-Founder of The Good Life Massage

Tell us a little something about your personal life: hobbies, interests, family, friends, etc.

Not many clients see any of the other hats I wear. I’ve been married for almost 10 years to my best friend, and I’m a mother to two amazing kids. I’m a geeky fan-girl, best expressed in my love for British television, with my two major loves being Doctor Who and Merlin. I also can’t describe myself without including my love for music. I sing in a community choir, and often at church, as well as every day with my kids. Though I don’t have as much time for this next hobby, I LOVE to read. I can get lost for hours in a good book. I’m a huge social media junkie. I use it for work and home; Facebook, Twitter (just started on that), Pinterest (I use it almost every day for something), and Instagram. Lastly, I also love to dance and be crazy, but I also really enjoy stillness and time to reflect.

How did you get started in massage? What events lead to you working here?

Initially I came to massage because I wanted a career with flexibility for a family-based schedule. My son was nine months old when I started massage school. But within two weeks of classes, I fell deeply in love with the complexity and beauty of the human body. I had found my passion!
After I got out of massage school, I worked for someone else for about six months. I didn’t love the environment and wanted to set up my own space. I wanted time before and after each session to talk with my clients and educate them regarding their body, their session, etc.
So The Good Life Massage got started in June 2012. Then Amy (Amy Gunn) started sharing space with me in 2013. After a year, we joined forces and became business partners, and now we’re here. I love walking through the door every day and feeling such peace and clarity.

I love that my business is more than just clients and numbers. It’s about lives and passions and ups and downs. It’s about finding inner peace, wellness, and stillness when needed. It’s so much more than can be expressed in a few sentences. I feel blessed to have come to this place where I can serve others doing something I love.

What’s your favorite part of this job? What gets you excited to come to work?

 In my life, regardless of the circumstance, I always want to know why. It’s been that way since I was a child. My favorite part of my job is helping people find out the “why”: why is my low back hurting? why am I limited in this motion? why did my neck flare up after months of being fine?

Sometimes the why is a physical thing, other times its answer is found in the emotional connection of brain and body. I’m excited to come to work when I know I have a puzzle to figure out.

 What is it about your massage that keeps your clients coming back? What makes you stand out from the other GLM therapists?

I wish I knew the answer to this. I think the reasons point back to who I am as an individual: I’m a very thorough and perfecting person. I think these traits come out in my massage and make me different from other therapists. Whether it is a session focused on relaxation or a specific treatment plan, I want to perfect that session–I want it to be as thorough as possible, always exploring the possible reasons for that pain, tension, or discomfort. I try to make sure it’s never just a “routine session”.  Finding a way to connect with my clients is very important to me, as I really value the trust and relationship I build with them. So I try to honor that in every massage. I’m not just here to make a living or use the skills I learned, I want to make a difference in someone’s life every single day.

Pick a superpower: flying or turning invisible. Explain your answer.

Only one of those two? Personally I would love the ability to apparate. (Did I mention I also love Harry Potter?) Being able to get from one place to another instantly would save me so much time as working mom.

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.

This is a hard one. There are so many! I’m working on a number of these with a health coach. I think my favorite habit would be the building of habits. For so long I thought I had to tear down all my “bad” habits in order to be healthy and all it got me was negativity and no progress.

Now I focus on building up new habits. The mental shift of building up has made it so much easier to work on my health; it creates a drive to keep moving forward. Even on a rough day where I don’t make much progress, I know I am heading in the right direction.

Finish this statement: I wish my clients knew …

The power of their minds. I still don’t know all the full power of my own, but I do know that we possess so much more strength than we tap into on a regular basis. Our brain is just like our body and needs to be fed the most nutritious things possible. Often the things we hold on to are junk food and don’t serve us well.

If we believed that we are capable of anything, what would we do? Would we sit by and let life wash over us or would we grab every opportunity with fervor and drive? I try to remember this saying (found it on Pinterest – see I told you I use it every day): “A bird sitting in a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not in the branch but in the power of her own wings. Always believe in yourself.” I wish my clients and the entire world could tune in to this strength!

Thanks, Kylee! This was only part one of this series, so watch for more posts about our therapists in the coming weeks.

Click here to book a massage with Kylee 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.

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