Winter brings cooler temperatures, holiday festivities…and seasonal illnesses. During this time of year, we have clients frequently ask if they can/should receive bodywork if they’re sick. The short answer is no, but not for the reasons you might think.
Aside from the obvious danger of spreading contagious illnesses, massage during an illness can actually make you feel worse! Massage can be very stimulating internally and place demands on your body during a time when you should be resting. Getting a massage can seem like resting, but it is actually hard work for your body to respond to the stimulating touch techniques. Our bodies can’t heal easily when they are working, and instead of feeling energized you may end up feeling totally exhausted.
When in doubt, check with your doctor before scheduling any bodywork appointments. Massage is not intended to cure any diseases.
If you are experiencing any of the following, we ask that you refrain from booking, or call us to reschedule:
If you can get dressed by yourself, turn over on the table without assistance, lay flat for the full session length without experiencing any discomfort or symptoms then you should be okay to receive massage services.
We carry a selection of natural products in studio that will help prevent and/or ease illness. Ask the about these products after your next appointment!
Tis the season to celebrate gratitude! Many cultures around the world celebrate being thankful during autumn – it’s the traditional time to give thanks for the crops being harvested and to prepare for winter.
Researchers, mental health clinicians and psychologists researching gratitude have found that people who practice gratitude consistently report benefits like:
Feeling grateful is only part of the equation – actively practicing gratitude plays a large role. After collecting thousands of personal stories about joy and happiness, sociology researcher and author Brené Brown found that people who actively practiced gratitude attributed their joyfulness to the practice. Both joy and gratitude were described as spiritual practices that were bound to belief in human connectedness. While happiness is often circumstantial, joy can permeate every aspect of your life. The individuals who reported practicing gratitude did so by keeping gratitude journals, practicing gratitude meditation and prayers, creating gratitude art and writing gratitude lists or letters.
It is important to remember no thing is too insignificant to acknowledge and feel grateful for. A conscious focus on gratitude may help to remind you of even the smallest moment which made your day that much more joyful, wondrous or even just slightly less stressful. It can also remind us of those things we are subconsciously grateful for but often take for granted – like family, friends or having food on the table every day. It turns your attention to what you do have instead of what you do not, and places emphasis on the abundance of life rather than the feeling of being without.
This season we have many things that we are grateful for here at the studio – including our fantastic staff and wonderful customers. Consider - what are you grateful for? Are you more prone to practice gratitude after learning of the benefits?
As of October 16th, 2017 we will be increasing the cost of our sessions as follows:
This is due to several factors. First and foremost, we are committed to supporting our therapists and this price increase will ensure that they can maintain a massage therapy license in the state of Tennessee, which includes the cost of mandatory continuing education, license fees and insurance premiums. A successful and prolonged career in massage therapy requires being paid a living wage, which means working a schedule designed to maintain the physical health of the therapist and being paid a fair rate. We offer our therapists a compensation increase to ensure they are making a living wage and to honor the time they have spent building a practice here at Practical Massage. Also as the 12South neighborhood continues to flourish property taxes and cost of running our little studio has increased.
Are you a frequent patron? Consider purchasing a package now at the current rate!
We are so grateful you include Practical Massage as part of your wellness plan...Thank you!