Sunday, May 25, 2008

By Fixing It, I Mean, Don't Be Making Up Days of the Week

So. Many of you have asked how my first day/week of massage therapy decided to go for me. In short, it went very well despite the fact that my very first massage client "no showed" on me. Yeah, they did. How nice is that? I was somewhat nervous (read: very), but in the end, it turned out to not be such a bad thing as it calmed me down for my next "official" appointment. I'm weird like that. I also, along the way got edumacated in a few things in the way of massage therapy.

The few lessons I've learned this past week include the fact, most importantly, that you just cannot please them all. Sometimes you are damned if you do and in the same breath damned if you do not. Just go forward and do the best that you can. I now completely understand how the husband feels on a daily basis. You try hard as well as think you do the right/best thing for people. Usually, they will turn right around and bite you in the a** if they can. People are weird, but they are just not worth what leetol sanity you may be clinging onto in this big ole world of ours.

Secondly, I learned that I can give a very, very, very, very deep massage. I did not think it possible that I could go deeper than I already do, but having the most fantastic husband on earth has its benefits. He has been my ever faithful "practice mannequin." And once again, he didn't let me down when I came home telling the tale of someone saying I did not go deep enough. Um. Ow. Please tell me in the session where I can do something about it - not after when I cannot do a thing to fix it for you. End lesson.

Anyway, in the same sentence, I made the husband jump on my massage table to dig my elbows, thumbs and forearms into his fantastically yummy bicycle racing body. My goal was to make him jump from pain. Yes, on purpose. I needed to know how deep was too deep. I'm not a big meannie to the husband. I am a scholar not a hater. I need to know this bit of important information. But . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . the husband feel asleep. Hard REM sleep. Not to be discouraged, I kept on working deep in the tissues of all that I know is the husband. He never jumped. He never woke up. But(!) I learned that I can give a very, very, very, very deep massage, because, I was very, very, very, very deep into the husbands bodily tissues.

Thirdly, ice is my friend. My very best friend.

Which leads me to my fourth and final lesson of the week, I can give three deep massages in one day. And, if it were certain that I could have two more clients who only wanted light therapy, you can be sure that I would be doing five massages in one day. I only give two right now with practice on the husband. This is equivalent to me weightlifting for two to three hours daily. I would sign up for more clients; however, unfortunately, you never know what flavor you are going to get booked with. The front desk tries their best to schedule accordingly, but if a light massage therapist is full and I have an opening, I am going to get that light client. I am completely okay with this as I am a deep massage therapist and having a break from deep would be graciously welcomed in my world. It is entirely possible to get five or more deep massages in one day if I were to open my schedule for that many sessions. Which would absolutely and undeniably kill me. It would. I'm not even being my usual drama queen self. I. Would. Just. Die.

I start up classwork again on Tuesday. Our Advanced Clinical Massage class is still going strong. Kinesiology and Pathology will be the newest classroom additions. Advanced Business and Ethics will be joining soon. I've also signed up to do two massages as soon as class is finished each day. My days will now be getting a bit longer.

And, to think, I am tired now. . . . .

If all ya'll don't hear from me much, it is because my cute little fingers can't lift themselves to type.

I have seven massages therapy sessions down. . . . . only ninety-three more to go. . . .


tt said...

Yay for Jen!!!!
The only time I got a deep tissue gal told me to tell her if It was "too much" or "not enough". At one point I had to tell her 'Too much" and she corrected itin a second! Seriously. it was perfect from then on.
I LOVED it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Husband is a lucky guy....all the way around I'd say..
{{{silly snicker}}

Jen said...

tt: this too is what I told the client, "please tell me if the massage is too deep or not enough." I also asked during the session if "my pressure was okay?" They said, "yes. (pause) Well, actually, you could go a little deeper if you want to."

To which I DID go deeper at that point. Apparently, it was still not enough. I wish they had said something more to that fact DURING instead of signing it on my evaluation AFTER. That's all I'm sayin'.

The husband is a LUCKY guy, but I'm a luckier girl to have him to myself!

Thanks tt!

ETK said...

YAY! Glad to hear it went well. I don't know if we need to know HOW deep you went. :) LOLOLOLOLLLL - ha! too much mexican vodka me thinks.

Glad to hear it was good and you are enjoying yourself! Please don't hurt your fingers. :D

Ian said...

97 to go! Wow, that's going to take, uh, hang on, I'm crap at mental arithmetic, 32 days. Oh, actually, that's pretty good. So, depending on bookings, maybe 3 months?

butterfly girl said...

"someone saying I did not go deep enough"
They were just too fat to feel it.


So how deep did you go on the hubby? Did he wake feeling violated!! *L*

You go get'em girl!!

Emmeline said...

So glad it's going well! I wish I knew exactly where you were so I could visit Texas and book you! Haha. That would be great wouldn't it? If I knew it was you but you didn't know it was me? Then I could come back here after my trip and comment that I had gotten a massage from you!! Muahahaha. Unfortunately, I suck at being discreet and I am pretty sure that about 5 minutes into the massage I would blurt out "okay I have to tell you, I'm Emmeline!" :)


Tink said...

Oh yeah, poor hubby. *Eye roll* Free massages from a hottie? That sounds real rough.

Chief Rock Chef said...

Good lesson - deep massage can never go too deep. And if done right it WILL send you to sleep. You must be really good already!

Go Jen!

tt said...

Um...helllloooooo...anybody home????

ETK said...

GOOD LORD. Where have you gone? COME BACK!!!!!!!!