Monthly Archives: October 2013

New Rules!

Read to the end because something is happening to $50 One Hour Massage on Tuesdays.
Always at the desk we have this conversation, “Are you rescheduling today?”
“No, I’m going to wait and check my schedule…see how I feel…”
The next time we see that person it’s a year later and here’s how that conversation goes.  “OMG I had no idea how tight I was!  I really needed that.  Why do I do that to myself?  I am not going to wait so long next time.”  In your mind’s eye imagine the therapist in the background huffing and puffing after working out all the stress and knots that accumulated in the past year.
This November we are launching our new pricing structure that is going to be a huge relief to you if you come on a monthly basis.  And it’s going to be a really huge relief if you come every other week.
Here’s how it works.
Clients who sign up for one massage a month for the year in advance will be investing in their health by committing to get on the table once a month (which is the most awesome thing you can do for your health and sanity imho).  Once a month clients get massage for $65 an hour.  They also get One Half Priced Massage in their birth month.
Clients who sign up for twice a month massages for the year in advance will be making a more measurable commitment to their health (which is gratifying not only to you as the client because you will really be able to see the benefits that massage can have in your life, but it is extremely gratifying to the therapist to see the changes happen in a body that is receiving regular massage and your therapist won’t have to work so hard).  Twice a month clients get massage for $60 an hour.  They will get one FREE massage in the month of their birth.  Happy Birthday!
When you sign up for the year you will be given a calendar with every one of your massage appointment dates for the year circled.  As always, if you need to reschedule please give us at least 24 hours notice or we bill in full for the missed appointment.  One of our clients says, “This has been the best I have ever been able to keep up with massage in my schedule, knowing that I have an appointment every month.  It’s important to me.”
Tuesday Swedish massages will be $60 effective November 1, 2013 for all new appointments.  Tuesday appointments can not be made for the year in advance.
Thank you for committing to your health with your regularly scheduled appointments!
Call to schedule:  479-251-7422
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My Son on a Motorcycle

Last night I’m driving to meet my family for dinner at a restaurant called Ay! Caramba in Fayetteville.  I pull up to a light behind a motorcycle and in my head I have a little dialog about, “Whoops!  Pulled up to far!”  Phhhfffthht!  Flattened motorcycle.

Now, I know this is not appropriate.  You don’t have to tell me.  I’m a 43 year old woman.  I know this.

About 6 years ago my own husband was Phhhfffthht! in an intersection a block away from this very spot.  A woman making a left turn had not seen him and had just mowed him right over.  We (I and our four sons) were 2 cars back and I got out of the car and walked over to his body in the middle of the intersection and waited for the ambulance to come get him.

Motorcycles are the most vulnerable vehicles on the road.  I always tell my kids to imagine throwing a tomato full force against the wall.  That’s like your head hitting the pavement in a motorcycle accident.  We’re fragile.

As I sat in my car behind this motorcyclist it occurred to me that this may be my 18 year old son who has just moved out and bought himself a motorcycle, probably the single most rebellious thing you can do as a teenager (fortunately he’s not into drinking and drugs).  And as I noticed his shoes and the frame of his body I realized that this was indeed my son, meeting us for dinner.

Sean, my 14 year old said it about the same time as I did, “That’s Levi!”

If I, a mother who has seen her husband in the street from a motorcycle accident with a child who owns a motorcycle, can have that inner dialog about running over a motorcyclist, I know my kid has to be super careful out there.

I have to say, once again, that motherhood is an exercise in letting go.



Raw Pumpkin Chili Recipe

Pumpkins are huge.  Big cheap food.  Loaded with good stuff.

Beta carotenes, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, folic acid.  All that blood building, cancer fighting goodness.

I bought a ginormous pumpkin to play with for $5.  Raw pumpkin pie, pumpkin smoothie, and this amazing pumpkin chili.  I had no idea that you could make chili with pumpkin.  But it’s 40 degrees outside today and this pumpkin chili is warming me up from the inside.

5 cups pumpkin

2tsp cumin

1 tsp oregano

2 Tbl Chili Powder

1 tsp onion powder

2 cloves garlic

1/2 onion

1 thai chili

1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes

2 stalks celery

Blend it in the blender till it’s nice and warm, adding water as necessary to get the right consistency.  When it’s smooth and warm, add fresh corn for texture and cooling effect.  It’s pretty spicy!