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I’m in Skirt! magazine this month!

If you aren’t familiar, Skirt! is a free monthly magazine that profiles local business people, artists, musicians, and other interesting people and businesses who contribute to the community.  I’m thrilled to be in this month’s issue!  Pick one up and show me off to your friends.

A Not So Gentle Reminder

Many massage therapy students are drawn to the field because they had, at one time, experienced pain.  That pain eventually led to their finding bodywork as a way to resolve it or at the very least manage it so they could lead a more pain-free life.

I was not one of those.  I am so very fortunate in my life to have experienced very little real physical pain.  I use these moments when it is present as teaching moments.  A bad decision while white water kayaking this past weekend has given me one such teachable moment.  For the last three days my neck has been in intense pain.  Pain that won’t allow it to be touched or move in all the directions I need it to go, pain that kept me up most of last night and has prevented me from doing some of my work for the last couple of days.

This pain reminds me how personal it is, how much it affects your life, your sleep, your ability to do your job or have fun, how frustrating it is to have limitations.  A client’s pain is not just a knot to be dealt with, a problem to be solved, a series of trigger points to be chased and resolved, it is the restoration of your ability to enjoy life.  I use my pain to remind me that each time someone comes to me for help I must treat the person and not just the problem.

How To Be Magnificent

Each time a class graduates from Lexington Healing Arts Academy they get to choose one of their teachers to speak at their ceremony.  I was honored to be chosen by the January Night Class of 2012, they truly were an exceptional group of people and I’m certain each of them will go on to be very talented therapists.

Here is the speech I gave this year.  Everyone enjoyed it and I hope you find it inspiring:

I want to share something that I found on the internet recently that had a profound effect on me.  It was a simple black and white line drawing of a little dog sitting in her little dog bed, clearly just awakened.  She has a thought bubble above her that says “Today I’m going to be magnificent”.    The little dog wasn’t boasting but setting an intention.  Not in the ‘it would be great if I did this at some point in the future’ way, but in the ‘this is my goal for today, I will be magnificent’.  The cartoon inspired me to give it a try, so, silly as it was I’d have a Stuart Smalley moment in the morning where I’d tell myself and the world “Today I’m going to be magnificent!”

I had to figure out what it was that was so transforming about that word “magnificent”.  I played around with it in my head and briefly came up with an image of me frolicking about in a flowing gold lame outfit tossing glitter into the air then realized I was confusing ‘magnificent’ with ‘fabulous’!  So I looked it up.  ‘Magnificent’ is defined as ‘glorious, wonderful, attended by brilliance or grandeur’.  Its synonyms include awesome, outstanding, superlative, brilliant, and my personal favorite, smashing.

I started saying my new mantra whenever I started to lose focus at work, when I got frustrated with something I was attempting to do, or when I would start getting down on myself for whatever reason.

I realized that setting the intention to be awesome, outstanding, superlative, and smashing made me hold myself to a higher standard.  At the very minimum I had to be the best I could be that day.  I thought of a time I came into work having an excruciatingly bad day and told my friend/boss ‘I don’t know if I can do this today’.  She told me that even if I only have 40% of myself to give that day, to give all of it.  That’s what being magnificent is.

If, at the least, being magnificent means being your best, at the most it means becoming an even better person.  It inspires me to find something new every day that I can add or take away from my life to make me a better person.  I might educate myself on something I’ve been curious about, spend a few more minutes at the gym, start a project, finish a project, ditch a bad habit, hone a new massage technique, or just smile a little more and be gentler towards myself and other people.

Each of you has been an outstanding student, you always gave your best and often went above and beyond what was expected.  Own it, carry that brilliance into your life and work.  Set your intentions, make them real.  When you wake in the morning or whenever you need a boost tell yourself “I am going to be magnificent” or whatever inspires you to be your best and better just for that day.  Rinse and repeat.  Every day is a crapshoot it might be fantastic or it might be awful but if you’re aiming for magnificence at least it will be as smashing as it can be.  

Celebrating One Year in Business!

With eleven years of massage under my belt and exactly zero experience with running a business, networking, or advertising, on March 14th of last year I saw my first client at Ali Blair Massage Therapy.  Fortunately I didn’t have to go it alone, a lot of kind, patient people stepped up to support my new venture and my budding entrepreneurship and I am eternally grateful for their help and advice.

The true hearts of my business are my clients, without them there is no practice.  I am extraordinarily grateful for their trust in my abilities, the honest feedback that lets me know when I need to learn something new, and for help in growing my business by spreading the word to friends and family.

My first year has been more successful than I could have imagined.  I still have a lot of room to grow and can’t wait to see where I’ll be on my second anniversary!

Oh, and if you’d like to help me celebrate come in for a massage!  I still have some openings this birthday month.  Or if you’d like to get me something special you can write a nice review on Yelp, Google Business, or recommend me on Facebook.

Gift Certificates and Packages for the Holidays!

NEW!  Buy gift certificates online!  

Click the link at the top of the page.

 

Two new ways to save!

  • Give pain relief and relaxation for the Holidays:  

     Buy two Gift Certificates and get a third for half price!*


  • Don’t forget to treat yourself as well with my new massage package: 

     Buy four massages and get one free!  Save %20!

    *Must be of equal or lesser value.

Paddling Pain and Injury Survey

I’ve been asked to do a presentation on self-care and prevention for white water paddling related pain and injuries.  I found there were a lot of varying complaints so I decided to create a survey to better understand the nature and kinds of problems encountered by paddlers.

If you’re a white water enthusiast please take a few minutes to fill out this survey or if you know someone who is please pass it on to them.  I will post the results of my survey in a couple of months.  My presentation will be at the Bluegrass Wildwater Association meeting on December 11.

Paddling Pain and Injuries Survey

Celebrate National Massage Therapy Awareness Week!

I’m almost booked for October and there’s been a lot of interest in this special offer.  If you want to take advantage of this deal I will extend it into November if you schedule your appointment by October 31!  

**Please message me when you schedule online or tell me if you schedule by phone that you want the deal.** 

October 21-27 is National Massage Therapy Awareness Week and I’m celebrating by giving you 30 free minutes of massage!  Throughout the entire month of October you will get 60 minutes of personalized massage for the price of a 30 minute treatment.

To book your appointment click the Schedule Now button to your right or call 859-576-9409.  **When scheduling book yourself for 60 minutes and mention this ad to get your discount when checking out**

Please call or email me at ablair@aliblairmassagetherapy.com if you have questions.

*Limit one per customer

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Massage

Massage has made huge gains in popularity over the last several years.  Research is growing that shows it is an effective non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical method to manage stress and many common aches and pains as well as be part of treatment strategies for a variety of injuries and illnesses.

Whether you’ve been getting regular massage for years or if you’ve never had one and are trying it for the first time there are some actions you can take to make sure you get the most out of your treatment.  Massage is not a one-size fits-all service.  Each one should be tailored specifically for you each time you go.  Finding the right therapist for your needs and being able to communicate well with them can turn a passive ho-hum massage into a working partnership that can help you get more enjoyment out of your life.

A Few General Guidelines

  • Do some research to find the right therapist for your needs.
  • Inform your therapist of any injuries, illnesses, or medications you’re taking.
  • Communicate with your therapist about your experience before, during, and after your treatment.
  • Relax your body and mind.
  • Follow up with your therapist after the massage to help fine-tune your next treatment.

For more detail on these recommendations read on!