As the New Year approaches we are reminded another year has passed, and many people resolve to make positive changes in the coming year: lose weight, break a bad habit, stop smoking, etc. Even positive changes can create stress, which makes sticking to your resolutions more difficult. Massage therapy is a fantastic way to combat the physical and mental stresses of some of these life changes, and is also an effective way to reinforce and reward positive accomplishments in the same way. Many of our clients rely on weekly massage therapy sessions to maintain their health and sanity, and they come from all walks of life. Here are a few of their stories.
Rachael and Emily, a very special mother-daughter pair of clients in Fullerton, utilize our in-home massage therapy service to share downtime after a busy week operating their business. Both are extremely busy working long hours during the week (including weekends), and find their performance suffers when they become too tense and overloaded. Their working environment is very demanding and, at times, adversarial. “Sometimes it’s like the massages are the only times we can stand to be in the same room with each other”, says Emily. Rachael enjoys a more relaxing Swedish massage whereas Emily prefers deep tissue work to work out the knots in her back and shoulders. On occasion, they’ll have Tranquility Massage provide chair massage at their office when things are particularly stressful, or to celebrate the completion of a particularly difficult job.
This year, we were contacted by a couple in Riverside who now schedule weekly couples massage to unwind and rejuvenate. Matt is a contractor, and Teresa is busy at home with their children and elderly father. Both enjoy massage therapy, but cannot easily find time to leave the home to enjoy it together. Their situation requires one be available to watch kids while the other receives their massage, so we utilize our back-to-back couples massage. It works out better at night for them, and Matt can roll right off the massage table and in to bed for a great night’s sleep.
Perhaps the best example of massage-as-a-reward is Carl from Rancho Cucamonga. Carl loves massage therapy, but made a resolution at the beginning of 2011 to cut back on expenses and save more for retirement. He had a membership with a prominent massage therapy outlet, but found he didn’t always get the massages when they were available, and didn’t want to leave the house to get them for fear of being tempted to spend money on other things while he was out. He set-up milestones for his savings goals and cut out many of his expenses, but allowed himself an in-home massage when each milestone was reached. We don’t know what his goals are, but Carl enjoyed 8 in-home massage therapy sessions in 2011. Congratulations Carl!
As 2012 looms and you decide to face the stress and anxiety of some tough New Year’s resolutions, consider giving our in-home massage therapy a try. Our massage therapists come to you when your schedule permits, and our rates are very often less than you’d pay at a walk-in spa. You’ll enjoy a personalized massage from a professional massage therapist who will be devoted entirely to your massage, on your terms and on your turf, without the worry of having to face traffic afterwards. You’ll find facing those difficult resolutions a much more relaxing and rewarding prospect ion 2012!
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!
Our massage therapists have been busy in Yorba Linda through July and August thus far. There has been a lot of interest in our summertime poolside massage therapy service for several family gatherings, and one new client who merely enjoys getting his sports therapy massage poolside, sometimes before beginning an intense triathlon training swim.
One thing about Yorba Linda is the presence of so many beautiful homes and estates – many with very healthy outdoor living spaces equipped with beautiful pools, patios, and landscaping. These areas are perfect for outdoor relaxation and rejuvenation, and massage therapy is most effective in these natural settings. When a client has the benefit of such an environment, we strongly recommend outdoor massage in the summertime or anytime the weather permits! Higher oxygen levels, the relaxing sounds of the outdoors, and a deeper connection with nature all enhance the massage experience.
Not all Yorba Linda clients have the benefit of such an environment, which doesn’t diminish the benefit of massage therapy one bit. One client, living in a small but attractive apartment complex, is quite allergic to pollens and dusts and prefers her massage indoors where she maintains a purified air environment. She manages beautifully to enjoy the sounds of nature by using her favorite environmental music as well as aromatherapy to bring nature indoors for her massage.
Aside from the beautiful outdoor living areas Yorba Linda residents are blessed with, many engage in parties and entertaining guests from home. We were pleased to have two massage therapists provide table massage services to one bridal shower and two separate birthdays as well.
The bridal shower was interesting because one therapist was indoors and the other was out by the pool, so guests had a choice of either indoor or outdoor massage. By the way, our gift to the bride was a complimentary couple’s massage after their honeymoon was over. She told us they may never use it because they plan on making the honeymoon last forever! Now that really would be ‘living graciously’!
We got a call from a competition surfer from Huntington Beach earlier this week, looking for sports massage therapy. He was practicing down at the Wedge in Newport Beach and managed to tweak a muscle in his lower back. After seeing some of the maneuvers these guys pull off, it’s easy to see how. Surfing is a demanding sport, with unique extremes. Calm, tranquil, and ‘laid-back’ one minute; rough, unpredictable, and physically demanding the next – often with little warning in between.
In addition, Surfers will spend long periods of time partially submerged in water that is substantially cooler than body temperature, which can lead to decreased blood circulation when there’s a crucial need for it – such as dropping in on a good wave. Another counter-intuitive factor is dehydration. It’s hard to think of an ocean as a desert, but that’s exactly what it is – an ocean of SALT water. With the blazing sun beating down and difficult access to drinkable water (AND the fact surfers are dripping wet which masks sweat), it’s way too easy for dehydration to go unnoticed.
Surfers know the importance of warm-ups and stretching, but are also famous for toughing-out their injuries. In this surfer’s case, a bad drop-in ended up in a strain of the quadratus lumborum (an important muscle in the lower back that helps twist the upper torso). The strain luckily wasn’t severe, but it was definitely tight. Sports massage therapy is generally not appropriate for application where a soft tissue injury is recent, Accordingly, he received a sports massage to help condition his non-injured muscles for future surfing, with a deep tissue/Swedish massage therapy modification to that quadratus lumborum to help reduce the swelling and restore range of motion.
One thing that amazes many of our clients is a massage therapist’s ability to ‘read’ the muscles of the body and find exactly where the strain is without much guidance from the client. Often times the massage therapist can see what areas of the body need careful attention merely by observing the way a client is standing, sitting, or lying. It’s also important to note that the therapist will only apply therapies that are comfortable for the client and appropriate for the condition.
Tranquility Massage has received a phenomenal number of requests for our couple’s massage service this week! While it would be nice to say Tranquility Massage generated the interest, I’d prefer to think it was another small indicator our economy is healing.
Our clients seem to be taking more vacations and ‘staycations’ of late, and our couple’s massage therapy service is apparently a staple for many seeking ways to get the resort spa experience without paying resort spa prices.
This weekend alone, we’ve received nearly a dozen calls for in-room couple’s massage at high-end resorts around Orange County – either because the resort spa was unavailable or our clients felt the resort spa’s couple’s massage was too expensive. Whatever the reason, we’re most definitely grateful for the opportunity to take care of everyone’s couple’s massage needs!
A quick note on our couple’s massage sessions. We can conduct a couple’s massage session on two ways depending on the needs of the client:
“Side-by-side” couple’s massage involves two massage therapists performing massage on two clients on two separate tables at the same time. This is often the most preferred format for couple’s massage, but it does require additional space for the second table and massage therapist.
As an alternative, “back-to-back” couple’s massage involves a single massage therapist performing massage on two clients in succession. This format often works well with clients who have limited space for the tables, or who need to take turns babysitting the kids or taking care of other matters. Tranquility Massage has also used this format in small businesses where one person is “minding the store” while the other enjoys the massage therapy.
No matter which format suits your needs, Tranquility Massage’s couple’s massage therapy service is an excellent way to enjoy the benefits of couple’s massage on YOUR terms, and at a very reasonable price! If you’re interested in getting a couple’s massage session today, please do contact us, or call toll free at (888) 777-7567 today!