And there was much rejoicing…
A few days ago I had a massage.
It helped EV-ree-thing! My mood, my body, my sleep, and even –EVEN!– my tolerance for the stormiest winter ever. Enh… what’s a bit o’ snow!
It might be what I do for work, but really it’s no different for me: I too get busy. Sometimes I also look at my checking account to see if I can afford a session of my favorite-ever form of self-care.
But after last week’s session I added a monthly (at least) massage to my list of self-care aspirations for the year. Right alongside sitting quietly and doing nothing for 20 minutes every day (some people call this mindfulness meditation– and yes, there’s a bit more to it than doing nothing. Maybe).
Right along with drinking a big mug of warm water first thing in the morning and eating foods that are yummy AND agree with me. (As recommended by my wonderful Ayurvedic practitioner, Amba Greene).
Right alongside going to bed when my body is tired, and yes, siestaing it up when I feel the urge, inspired by my friend Lisa Baldwin’s brilliant wee-book Take That Nap, which may be wee in length but is zoom zoom zoom on inspiration and guidance.
Some of my aspirations seem like no-brainers, no? But sadly, self-care no-brainers are sometimes the first to get left behind when I get busy and start believing the thought that I cannot afford to rest. Which is simply untrue.
Because rest? It’s vital.
And also? It helps everything, including and maybe, especially, creativity.
And also too:
It’s freaking courageous to relax!
Have you noticed that when you’re relaxed less guarded? More open-hearted?
It’s easy to be defensive. It takes courage to be relaxed!
(The rest of this post applies to folks in the United States, and/or in the Cambridge, Massachusetts area, which is where my massage practice, Heidi’s Table, lives. If you live here too, you’re welcome to come see me!)
Speaking of checking accounts…
I have some massage $-saving ideas. I hope you can use all three of them, but even one of them should make you the happy!
Way 1 to save bocoup massage bucks:
Does your employer offer a Flexible Spending Account (FSA)? Sometimes these are called flex plans, or reimbursement accounts…
They do? Awesome!
Did you know that you can use your pre-tax monies to pay for your massages? Seriously! Best thing ever, right? If your employer offers this and you are not using it to pay for our sessions, um… how to say this… why the hell not?!
Using your FSA monies for massage can mean a savings of, give or take, 30% on your sessions. Several of my clients do this.
(If you’ve had sessions with me in the last few months that you’d like to claim for your FSA, let me know– I’d be happy to email you a receipt. And, going forward, just ask me for a receipt at the end of your session.)
They don’t? Oh boo. Some of us don’t have FSA’s.
But wait! There are other ways to save!
You can purchase a 6-hour Series of Massages with me for $486. That’s a 10% savings.
I’m quite flexible about how you use your series: You can split your 6 hours up into sessions of 60, 75 or 90 minutes. (Because sometimes 60 is fine, and sometimes you reeeeally want a long one, right?)
You can also share your hours with someone else. If you and your hubby or BF or GF or BFF like getting massages, you can share your series with them. Or maybe your friend is pregnant or just had a baby and you’d love for her to get a much-needed massage with a therapist with advanced training in peri-natal massage. Ahem.
If you want to share one of your sessions as a special gift, I’m happy to give you a gift certificate or send your gift recipient a special email.
All I ask is that you use the sessions within 6 months. Think of the 6-hour series as an investment, a commitment, to taking care of gorgeous you.
Way 3 to save extra bocoup massage bucks:
As in, 50% off the full price of your next session!
If you refer a new client to me and they get a massage this winter (through March 21), I will offer you your next session (through April) at 50% of the full price.
Awesome for you, awesome for your friend, and awesome for me! <mwah!!!>
Speaking of massage…
Now you want one, right?
I have a few openings left this week.
TODAY Friday, 2/4: 5:15 p.m.
Saturday, 2/5: 9:30 a.m. or 2:15 p.m.
Thursday, 2/10 (1 opening left): noon, 1:30 or 3:30 p.m.
Friday, 2/11 (3 openings left): noon, 1:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m. or 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 2/12: 3:00 p.m. or 4:30 p.m.
Call 617.297.2266 or email me to claim your spot. (If you don’t see a time that works for you, just ask. Sometimes things shift).
I so look forward to seeing you soon. Until then, I wish you warmth, laughter, grace for the hard stuff, and a mug filled with the magical spirits of whatever you most need today!
Heidi E. Fischbach
Massage therapist, mood detective and potion-mixer
You have a body. You have a mind. But they don’t always get along.
I can help.