As part of our year-end massage performance evaluation, we re-visit various events that occurred throughout the year so we can improve and plan for the next. With all it’s economic turmoil, 2011 has been a good year for massage therapy, and Tranquility Massage has undergone growth in some expected and unexpected ways. In both cases, its always wise to review your successes (and, yes, failures) to realize the best you can be. In keeping with this sometimes painful management exercise, we would like to reflect on the highlights of 2011.
Couple’s massage was a year-round hit. Normally most popular during the spring and summer months, our couple’s massage business remained very popular throughout the year – particularly in vacation and resort spots such as Anaheim, Newport Beach, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Long Beach, and several other spots in Orange and Los Angeles Counties. Much of this was at hotels and inns in these areas, and many clients were either new or returning from out of town. Couple’s massage is a superb way to enjoy togetherness when vacationing, but it wasn’t only vacations these travelers were on. Many were here on business or for personal non-vacation reasons. One thing’s for sure – 2011 didn’t put a damper on the desire for togetherness!
Our chair massage services were particularly in demand this year, both for conventions and other business related events, and for regular business wellness programs as well. Anaheim, Irvine, and Los Angeles were the top performers in these areas, and we even got requests for our chair massage therapy services at some types of businesses we hadn’t expected. Chair massage is particularly effective for administering performance boosting massage therapy in professional situations where a table massage may not be feasible. On the convention side, vendors at several events this year utilized Tranquility Massage to capture a larger number of visitors at their exhibits, and we even had a speaker at one week-long seminar in Anaheim utilize Tranquility Massage’s in-room hotel massage therapy service to keep him conditioned for his marathon presentation.
During the summer vacation months, we had a very large demand for our poolside massage therapy services for various professional and family events. Several in Yorba Linda, Coto de Caza, Huntington Beach, Balboa, and one right on the beach in Dana Point. Tranquility Massage usually sets up a nice shady tent with suitable relaxing music (some like Hawaiian, others reggae – it’s all client’s preference) and a full massage table – often two or more depending on the size of the event. Clients merely hop on in their suits, enjoy a relaxing massage in a resort setting and get their suntan oil or sunscreen applied all at once. Need more after a dip in the pool? No problem! Massage therapists are a definite hit at these types of events, and we always look forward to adding to the fun and enjoyment.
Our sports massage therapy and pregnancy massage therapy services also saw spikes in the summer months, particularly in Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside, Irvine, Mission Viejo, and Yorba Linda. Sports massage therapy is normally utilized by professional athletes for maintaining peak physical conditioning and athletic performance, but it also sees a large following with very athletic people from all walks of life. From professional football and baseball players, to surfers, triathletes, and even martial arts instructors, Tranquility Massage has been fortunate to work with wide variety of clients in this area this year. Pregnancy massage therapy was also up this year, due in large part to referrals from past clients to newly expecting family members – with one client in Laguna Hills returning with her second pregnancy! Its definitely good to see that pregnancies and interest in healthy moms and babies is in good standing.
We’ve added new massage therapists in Riverside, Corona, Rancho Cucamonga, San Dimas, and several other spots in Los Angeles and Riverside counties to better serve clients in those areas. These therapists are professionals in various modalities ranging from Swedish and deep tissue massage therapy to more specialized pregnancy massage and medical massage therapy, and all are dedicated to providing our clients with the utmost in relaxing, rejuvenating, and rewarding mobile massage therapy. We’re excited and grateful to have them working with us!
As we reflect on 2011 and plan for 2012, we would also like to thank all of our clients, suppliers, staff, and massage therapists for all of your professionalism, effort, and support, and we look forward to continuing our growth and YOUR health in the New Year!
For a special treat with the family this evening, we attended the Holiday Organ Spectacular at the beautiful Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa. I definitely recommend everyone take an opportunity to experience this Orange County culture staple at least once – particularly when the mood is so peaceful. If you’ve never heard a pipe organ in the hands of a master, you’d be amazed at just how precise and gentle such a massive instrument can be.
While this was decidedly not a massage therapy event, I couldn’t help but be drawn to a conversation between two ladies during intermission. They were talking about how much the music relaxed them, and how the music would be great with a massage. As the conversation progressed, the first related how she’d recently visited a spa for a massage, and after a sauna treatment and shower afterward, had almost passed out during her drive home. The second said she’d received a gift of a spa visit from her husband, but couldn’t find the time to make the appointment fit her schedule. Perhaps it makes me a bad businessman, but I resisted the urge for a shameless plug in favor of preserving the holiday experience we’d all gone for.
Still, it made me think how universal the love of massage therapy is yet how difficult many find it to incorporate into their lives. It really struck me the other day when I was speaking with a new client about a holiday party she hired us for. She told me she never knew you could get massage therapy at home, and she would have hired us years ago if she knew. Without knowing more about these two ladies, I thought about the massage therapists and clients we have in Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, and the Balboa area – throughout Orange County for that matter – and was trying to think of a way to connect more of them.
Many ideas came to mind (some of which I’ll have to remember after the remarkable performance we saw tonight wears off), but one thing is certain – we have much to do in the coming year. Many people who would enjoy the peace and tranquility of massage therapy are delaying it because they simply don’t know they don’t have to.
Irvine is unique among Orange County communities. With it’s active and academic population fueling a strong business community, Irvine maintains a plethora of industrial and corporate centers, beautiful gated communities, and centralized shopping districts in one of the most beautifully manicured settings in Orange County. As a master planned city, Irvine’s business, shopping, and residential areas are well segregated which leave it’s residential areas free of unsightly industrial complexes, and it’s businesses free to conduct business without upsetting their residential neighbors. However, the layout can make trips to local shopping centers a long and crowded affair.
Many of our residential massage clients in Irvine cite convenience as theprimary reason they originally tried Tranquility Massage. A regular client in the upscale Northgate community pointed out that it takes her up to 45 minutes to leave her home and community to drive to the local Irvine massage spa and find a parking space. Waiting her turn for a massage may take up to 15 minutes more. One time at the spa she said she wanted an extra 30 minutes for her deep tissue massage, but was told she would have to make another appointment – somewhat frustrating.
The ironic part is that her home is beautifully decorated, and she keeps a large variety of tropical house plants around her home – a perfect setting for her own personal massage spa. Tranquility Massage enables her to enjoy personalized and professional massage therapy without leaving this beautiful setting. In addition, she loves music with a classical or ambient flavor, and can leave it playing during and after her massage. She also enjoys aromatherapy which lingers in her home well after the massage is complete, allowing her to extend her physical and mental relaxation by keeping the entire spa experience at home. She loves the service so much, she’s created her own personal jungle where she has her massage therapy!
We have two massage therapy clients in the beautiful Turtle Rock community in southern Irvine (one who enjoys sports massage therapy after his run through Turtle Rock trail), three that live in the beautiful Marquee Park Place towers, and many living in apartment communities throughout Irvine. Each has shared their delight at saving an hour or more away from their busy lives while still enjoying the healthful and relaxing benefits of massage therapy.
Tranquility Massage has several professional massage therapists that serve the Irvine area. Some specialize in specific types of massage therapy such as pregnancy massage or geriatric massage, others in sports massage therapy and deep tissue massage. All of them share a devotion to providing the utmost in massage therapy and convenience. Just the same, an important part of our business is ensuring our clients received service they were enthralled with. We frequently hear how much they enjoy getting professional massage therapy at home, often for less than they would pay at a spa. However, Irvine massage clients almost always tell us how wonderful it is to enjoy relaxing right at home and having time to do more. Stories like theirs are what Tranquility Massage is all about.
Each community in Orange County has it’s own culture, benefits, and vibrancy, but Dana Point is one of our favorites. Nestled in the cliffs and rolling hills of the Pacific coast, Dana Point boasts beautiful homes, vibrant people, and all the warmth of a close-knit beachside community – all perfect ingredients for socializing, entertaining, and healthy living. Tranquility Massage therapists are fortunate to have several longtime clients in Dana Point, and to have provided massage therapy for various events at Doheny state beach, the Blue Lantern Inn, and several other venues.
Our massage therapy spa parties continue to find a place in events with increasing breadth. This past week we had a great time providing chair AND table massage to a group of ladies attending a marketing presentation at a beautiful Dana Point home, and at a beach party for a corporate event on Doheny beach. Both venues provided ideal settings for effective massage therapy, and clients gave us very positive feedback on the therapists and the presentation of the service.
The in-home event was unique in that it was an all-day event for which Tranquility Massage was to provide chair massage therapy beginning late morning and extending into then late afternoon. Well, the FIRST client on the chair was so enthralled with the service that she raved to the rest of the group (Thank YOU Marina!) By early afternoon, they had a pool of 6 ladies that wanted after-hours table massage as well! We had to send an extra massage therapist to Dana Point to help with the demand – always a good thing!
The beach massage venue was a corporate event sponsored by a well known beach apparel maker. It was an unusual, yet almost ideal venue for table massage. We had two massage therapists support the event, and had been prepared with canopies and other equipment to provide shade. Turned out there were a sizable number of people that wanted to tan while they got their massage, so we set-up a table in the sun (kept it covered when it wasn’t occupied – it does get HOT) and had people tan and relax. THAT got around quick, and we rapidly became the preferred method of sunscreen application. Found out that sunscreen ALSO works quite well as a massage lotion!
We really enjoy these events and can’t wait for our next opportunity to massage in Dana Point!
Despite all the news about the federal budget and stock market troubles, we’re happy to report our mobile massage therapy is in high demand this summer! We’re very grateful for all the compliments we’ve received over the past few weeks, and that so many people get so much peace, health, and satisfaction from Tranquility Massage. Today, we’d like to share a story from the field that warmed our hearts (sorry, no summer pun intended!).
A family of 5 from northern California stayed at the Anaheim resort last week. They had their elderly father with them (VERY heartwarming to see a family make the effort to include him!), and after a day of activity at Disneyland and taking turns caring for him, they were quite exhausted – even the 13 year old. Grandpa was having problems with his legs, knees, and feet, and regularly suffered from RLS, or “restless leg syndrome” (more on RLS here) which frequently kept him up at night.
We got a call from them (we’ll get a testimonial from them soon) later in the evening and were able to get a massage therapist to their hotel within the hour. They did their homework, and asked for references before they agreed to use us, and we were able to give them enough to satisfy their concerns.
Grandpa was the happy recipient of 90 minutes of soothing geriatric massage with some deep tissue modifications for his legs and feet. He fell asleep on the massage table, and was gently led straight to bed after his massage therapy. We got a call from grandpa the following day – he said he hadn’t slept so well in weeks, and that was WITHOUT his pain medication! We spoke with his daughter to make sure he speaks with his doctor about the possibility of massage therapy as an alternative to the medications he’s taking, and will help them locate a bay-area massage therapist in the future. He is a very sweet gentleman and we were very pleased to help make him comfortable with us in Orange County.
Tranquility Massage frequently provides massage therapy at apartment and residential communities throughout Orange County for tenant appreciation and special events. We also provide poolside massage as an amenity for the summer season. Residents are able to visit with their guests while relaxing by the pool. We can even apply their sunscreen for complete skin coverage. People who may not have had the opportunity to try massage therapy before can experience just how wonderful a professional massage can be.
We provided summer poolside massage services at beautiful communities including Irvine, Yorba Linda, Anaheim, and Newport Coast. The residents thoroughly enjoyed having relaxing massage by the pool without having to travel out of their community. Several residents wanted to extend the experience to friends and family and asked us to come back during the week and after summer to provide in-home massage at their convenience. The allure of being able to step off the massage table and already be in the comfort of their own home won them over to enjoying in-home massage services on a regular basis.
This year we have several poolside massage sessions set up for the summer. These events are fun and are a great hit with everyone who participates. If you are having a pool party this summer and want to make it more fun, give our poolside massage therapy services a try.
I have had many clients complain about pain in their wrists and numbness or tingling sensation in their hands and fingers. While there are a variety of ways to minimize these conditions, there is a very effective massage technique that can be used to help relieve these symptoms and ensure long-term wrist health. By using a cross-fiber “stripping” technique, the muscles and tendons of the wrists can be separated and loosened to lessen the severity of these problems.
Unfortunately, this type of problem is so prevalent in our business clients that we’ve incorporated the technique into most of our on-site chair massage services for many of the businesses we serve. In addition, we encourage those clients to research and understand the causes and symptoms of carpel tunnel syndrome, and to take measures to protect their wrists from this type of condition.
If you find you’re experiencing pain and or stiffness in your wrists, remember to do frequent wrist exercises (there are many available on the web), avoid long periods of sitting at a computer (try to mix up your day a little) and to ensure the equipment and posture you’re using is as ergonomic as possible. Be sure and raise any concerns to your employer as they’ll be more than happy to provide the proper equipment for you to do your job as comfortably, efficiently, and effectively as possible.
And as always, give us at Tranquility Massage a call if we can be of any assistance.