4 Top Ways to ‘Escape from Reality’ Without Traveling Far.

Grab your keys, your sunglasses, your drink of choice and lets go!

1) “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt. -John Muir”. Go explore the world around you. Find a trail at a state or local park and just go. I can personally tell you that there is nothing like losing track of time and escaping on a nature trail. Enjoy the the world around you the way is was intended to be. The world was created for us to discover its mysteries along with its beauty. And it literally is at the tips of your fingers.

2) “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”- Bob Marley. There is truly nothing in this world like escaping into the world of music. When you throw on your headphones and block out any and all outside noise… pure bliss. It washes that day, that week, and that months stressors away. You are sent back to a time where life was simple, you felt free, and nothing in the world mattered. Escape and relive that moment.

3) “A good weekend starts with a positive attitude and a great massage.” When the weight of the world is unbearable and you can feel it physically in your body, nothing like getting a really good massage. As a massage therapist myself, I have seen the complete difference in demeanor, attitude, and stress levels with clients after receiving a massage. Escaping with a massage is the most beneficial ‘getaway’ yet and you deserve it.

4) “Really in a mood for a long drive with no real destination”. Nothing like grabbing your keys and just going for a drive. We all have that one road that we are consciously curious about with where it goes and what’s at the end of it. Even if that road offers nothing but perfect views and a sense of wonder, what better way is there to escape than succumbing to your own curiosity. Some of my best moments start with, “I have no idea where we were, but it was gorgeous and much needed.” We all need those kind of moments.

With the uncertainties of tomorrow, it makes it harder to see the light at the end of the tunnel. 2020 has not failed us in the sense of it providing an on-going series of hellacious events one after another. Where you are in this world, take advantage of your surroundings. It does not have to be an all day adventure. Go and escape until you feel that weight lifted off and that deep breathe finally comes easier for you to take. Leave a comment. What’s your perfect way to escape from your reality?

12 Ways to Selfishly be Positive Without Feeling Guilty.

The only thing to feel guilty about is not putting yourself first!

1. When you are tired, stressed, and don’t want to do a task… SAY NO! One simple, freeing, yet powerful word.

2. When no one is around, EAT THAT LAST PIECE OF CHOCOLATE. Actually, just go ahead and eat that piece of chocolate anyway.

3. CUT YOUR HAIR SHORT. Despite yourself or whomever else thinks that you can’t pull it off, yes you can. Be brave and bold with the new you!

4. BUY THAT DRESS. It fits you like a glove and hugs your curves just right. You deserve it and you know it.

5. When you walk into the kitchen and the sink is full of dishes, keep on walking. WASH THE DISHES TOMORROW.

6. TAKE AN EXTRA 30 MINS for yourself in the bathtub. Use all the hot water on yourself with zero remorse.

7. TURN THE MUSIC UP. Who cares who hears it? Not like you blast it every day anyway. Turn it up and enjoy your favorite music.

8. DON’T ANSWER THAT CALL. Just because “they” are calling you, doesn’t mean you have to answer right now. That’s why you have voicemail.

9. You know that you have a Target addiction and girl I don’t blame you! So BUY YOURSELF THAT PURSE you’ve been eyeing.

10. Every time you think of it, it puts a smile on your face and fills your heart with joy. GET THAT TATTOO just for you!

11. DON’T SHARE YOUR SODA! Enjoy every last drop of goodness without the kids, husband, and even the dogs.

12. ORDER THAT STEAK. Tonight is the night that the prices don’t matter. Tonight is just about you!

There is nothing wrong with being selfish a time or two. Especially when it’s done to boost your self-confidence, self-esteem, or to make your world a little brighter. Most importantly, don’t forget to put yourself first. You are important too. In what ways would you be selfishly-positive?

Hot Towel or Not to Hot Towel? When in Doubt, Do!

Is using a hot towel necessary during a massage session or does it just feel good?

When that ‘awww’ sensation takes over…

That’s a hot towel to the body! It’s equivalent to you holding that hot cup of coffee between the palms of your hands when you’re chilly and you begin to warm up. ☕

I caught myself using a hot towel for almost all my sessions with my clients. Rather it was in the beginning, mid, or towards the end of the session, I was using one. But I wondered if using a hot towel really necessary? Or do therapists use a hot towel just to use one?

The answer is yes and yes.

What are they?

Prep work makes the dream work!

Using a hot towel is extremely beneficial to a client during a session. It helps ‘prep’ the area that the therapist will be working on. Let’s say you have back pain and wanted your therapist to work it out; a hot towel will warm up the soft tissues and muscles for you. It’s easier to treat any area warm than cold.

It’s kind of like mixing chocolate syrup in hot milk rather in cold milk: You spend less time stirring and it mixes better together. That means any soreness you may have had will not be as significant due to warming your back first by using a hot towel.

Relax the mind, you can relax the body!

A hot towel relaxes the mind. There is not one session out of the hundreds I have done that a client didn’t let out the biggest sigh of relief AFTER I placed a hot towel on them. In that sense, we as massage therapists just have to wait and let the body do its thing, sorta say. In a way, it does our job for us. If the mind ( the control center of the body) can relax then the body will follow, literally! It is truly amazing how much the body can respond when the mind is ‘shut off’ and how massage affects each of the systems of the body.

It just feels amazing!

Plain and simple: a hot towel feels AMAZING! You get a sense of relief that just washes over your body and in a way it feels like a security blanket. It just makes your massage session even that better of an experience. There is no wrong or right time to use a hot towel during a massage session, but if you rather not even bother just let your therapist know. No problem!

Rather if you like a hot towel or not during a session is all up to you. Let me know what you think! Are you a hot towel kind of a gal or guy?