Hello Friends,

 

I sincerely hope this greeting finds you well and holding your own during these difficult times.  Self care has never been more important, never!

 

As much as we all dislike change, circumstances require that we think “out of the box” about our daily activities. Be safe and help your immune system stay strong. Try little ways to get the stress out; a walk, a scenic car ride, a delicious meal, or turn off the tv, put down the phone and listen to some music. Embrace technology and try video visits with friends on  Zoom, Facebook Chat etc. My sisters and I have regular video visits and it has really helped me this year. 

 

So, as the infection rate continues to rise, I will only schedule regular clients that are feeling well and have not traveled out of the Capital District within 2 weeks of their appointments. My schedule has  been greatly reduced as well as I work from home. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. 

 

And for something new, my daughter Christine has started chair yoga classes via Zoom. All you need is a sturdy, armless chair, like a typical kitchen chair and an hour. Her schedule is irregular for now but by January we’re planning on 2 classes a week. Each class is $10 payable by check via mail or Venmo if you have the app. Let me know if you’d like to join us. A floor yoga class will be coming soon too.

 

Best wishes for a warm, healthy holiday season,

 

Mary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello Friends,

 

Wow, it’s August already and I can’t say that I’ll be sad to see this summer go, it’s been too darn hot! Well, on top of all of the other “stuff”, there’s been a lot of resentment on my part towards the weather. This too shall pass…usually with some ice cream to take the edge off 🙂

 

Thank you all for your patience with my schedule. Covid procedures and my own precautions take time, especially working in my home. So my schedule is changing a bit too, my new start time is 11 am Monday through Friday. For the time being, I will not be working on weekends. I have found that having that down time has become essential to my sanity. That, and working in the garden when it’s not too darn hot!

 

As my schedule is limited, it is impossible to see new clients for the foreseeable future. So my friend Laura from Eagle Crest Therapies is helping me out. She’s my massage therapist and she’s great! She’s located at the Executive Suites at the Peter Harris Plaza on Route 7 in Latham, a truly beautiful space, and her telephone number is 518 301 5463. 

 

These unusual times require tweaks to our usual routines to take better care of ourselves. Now more than ever, pay attention to your self care. Keep your immune system strong by reducing your stress/anxiety levels. You know that there’s loads of options via the internet, e.g. meditation, yoga, and Tai Chi, so go explore. Or go for a walk, especially in a wooded area, trees are so healing  

 

Stay well everyone and be careful out there!

 

Peace and love,

 

Mary

 

Hello Friends,

 

Hope you are surviving this heat wave by drinking lots of water and taking frequent breaks during your chores. Not my favorite weather, but this too shall pass 🙂

 

NYS has allowed massage therapists to reopen as of this past Wednesday and I’m getting things in order to comply with Covid requirements.  My plan is to reopen as of July 9th and I will be contacting each of you directly to reschedule your missed appointments to start. Once that’s done, another email will be sent to advise accordingly.

 

Please know that if you are not comfortable to book an appointment now or in the near future, I completely understand. If you can’t relax during a massage, it just simply defeats the purpose. I plan on being around for the long term, so there is no hurry whatsoever. Until further notice, all Massage A Month club members are exempt from booking every month. Your discount will be waiting for you when you’re ready.

 

Let me explain what changes are required with this new norm: 

 

* If you are not feeling well in any way, please do not keep your appointment, just let me know.

 

* Please call me from your car before coming to the door to ensure everything is ready for your visit. Most of my home will be restricted access to keep everyone safe. I have missed you all so much but only virtual hugs allowed. 🙂

 

* If you have traveled outside of the Capital District, please do not book an appointment until 2 weeks later. Also, if you’ve been exposed to anyone that has tested Covid positive, please don’t book an appointment until at least 14 days later.

 

* You must wear a mask from the moment you walk in my door until the moment you leave. The one exception is when you are face down on the table as there will be a cotton enclosure provided. 

 

* Your temperature will be taken at my front door and your visit will be logged for Covid tracking purposes.

 

* You will be required to sign an informed consent form to receive my massage services during a Covid health crisis.

 

* My spaces will be disinfected before and after each appointment, including being well ventilated. I will be wearing a mask and face shield during your appointment time here, changing my clothing for each new appointment and all linens will be disinfected as always. Also, before opening, I am having a complete physical including a Covid test.

 

* My NY Forward Safety Plan Template (required) will be available for your review during your visit. 

 

Whew, I think that’s everything! If you have any questions, concerns, comments, just let me know. Sticking with an abundance of caution to protect you and to protect me and my family. Looks like it will be slow going for a while, but I believe it will all work out.  My studio has been freshly painted, thoroughly cleaned and decluttered. Keep in mind that, until further notice, I can no longer offer hand waxes, foot soaks or extended visit times, my apologies.

 

Looking forward to seeing you when you’re ready. Until then, please take good care of yourselves. 

 

Peace and love,

 

Mary

 

 

 

 

 

Hello Friends,

 

Well, isn’t this something, the Quarantine of 2020? Very strange days and I hope you’re all holding it together. Not an easy feat, holding it together in this surreal new normal. Hoping you are all well and keeping safe.

 

You know this is a terrific time to practice as much self care as possible. And I get it, comfort food is so darn comforting and not knowing how the future will play out is very stressful. Having all day to plan meals and snacks has increased my waistline to the point that I won’t get on the scale for awhile but, this is temporary, this too shall pass. My daily life has been so disrupted that I need to carve out new structures with my time. Otherwise, I’m likely to do a free fall into cooking, eating and Netflix 🙂  So Bob and I are trying to build up our immune systems by eating better, getting outside, reducing stress, stretching and staying hydrated. We’re trying to learn some new stuff on YouTube, finish up some projects around our space, calling friends to chat and are considering growing some tomatoes and herbs. Baby steps every day 

 

As of now, it looks like massage therapists won’t be reopening until June or July at the earliest. My insurance carrier has advised me that if I reopen before it’s legal to do so, I could lose my insurance and face up to $10,000 in fines, yikes! Once I do resume appointments, Please understand that it will be on a very limited schedule to allow for additional disinfecting between clients to protect both of us. Although I’ve always followed strict protocols, I must go forward with an abundance of caution as I must protect my dear husband too. 

 

So, for now, I cannot schedule any appointments until I have a better idea of when I may reopen.  Christine and I have been talking about yoga outdoors but there are details to work out. As soon as I have more information, I’ll be in touch.

  

Miss you all terribly!  Thank you so much for your kind words of support. Please take good care of yourselves.

 


Peace and love,

 

Mary

 

  

Hello Friends,

 

Such strange times, aren’t they? Think I’m going to journal about it just to help sort out my feelings, reflect a bit. Keep thinking that someday, it will be interesting to look back at The Great Quarantine of 2020 and how little I actually got done   Thankfully, we are well here and I am so grateful! 

 

As you may have guessed, I will remain closed at least through mid May.  We’ll just have to see how things go, “you protect me and I protect you”.  Speaking of protection, I do hope you all are taking every precaution to be safe and that includes extra self care.  Bob and I are trying Beginning Tai Chi with short YouTube videos. The dogs think we’re doing a new dance or something, but it really feels quite refreshing. My sisters and I are having Zoom meetings, (an app on our phones) to “see” each other a couple of times a week. It’s wonderful except only one of us can talk at a time.   Hope you’re all staying in touch with those that you care about.

 

I am missing you all so much! Bob is finally getting some massages as I need to practice but he keep falling asleep. Please keep yourself hydrated, eat well and stretch every day!

 

Peace and love,

 

Mary 

 

Hello again Friends,

 

Hope you are all keeping some self care routines in your day, if only to keep some kind of schedule. It’s funny, I always thought “if I only had time…” all the things that I’d get done, especially loads of cleaning, except that gets old real quick when the days just stretch out ahead of you 🙂 

 

And speaking of days stretching out, I will continue to stay closed until at least April 15. We are watching this virus closely and trying to take all precautions to keep ourselves and others safe. We hope you are all safe too and doing your part to keep well.

 

Technology has been helpful as a resource for communication and learning. And now I’m trying to learn Tai Chi on YouTube along with a couple of new recipes that I’m going to make once I can get all of the items. Although my pantry is very full till then as my tightening clothes can attest too. But it’s fun to try new things, especially food! It’s medicinal, isn’t it? 🙂

 

Drink lots of water, get your sleep and don’t forget to stretch please. Miss you all and hope to see you soon!

 

Peace and love,

 

Mary

 

Hello Friends,

Hope you are all trying to take good care of yourselves as we head into the winter months. Remember that hydration is more important than ever (heat’s on!) and eating healthy (as often as possible 🙂 to build up your immune system so you can fight off all those icky viruses!

And since massage is such a great way to practice self care, my gift certificates should come in handy whether it’s a gift for yourself, friends or family. Members of my Massage A Month Club can purchase gift certificates at their discounted rates ($35 for 30 mins, $65 for 60 mins, $95 for 90 mins) at any time. 

Non members are welcome to buy single certificates or 3 packs at a discount:

$40 for 30 mins or $110 for 3/30 mins

$75 for 60 mins or $205 for 3/60 mins

$105 for 90 mins or $300 for 3/90 mins

Gift certificates may be put on a client’s account, mailed or you may arrange pickup from my mailbox, whichever works best for you. 

Thank you all so much for your support! I am so grateful for you all and the blessings you bring to my life <3  Spread some joy this season and keep well!

Peace and love,

Mary

 

 

 

Marvelous March Greetings

Hope this finds you all well and eager for spring! My friend John brought to my 
attention that I never did a February newsletter, where did the month go? Time 
to get back on track! 

So, my special this month is my new Rejuvenator package for $60 in my updated 
treatment room: 

* 20 minute chair massage to release tight muscles in neck, shoulders and back 
* Hot paraffin hand wax treatment plus hand massage to deeply moisturize and soothe 
* Detoxing foot soak with essential oils plus foot massage to cleanse and nourish
* Harney & Sons Herbal teas to hydrate and detox 

If you have not yet visited my updated treatment room, please do so during your next appointment. A new cozy rug, comfy chairs, soft lighting, aromatherapy and relaxing music set the tone for relaxation.  The treatment room is adjoining the massage studio, so it’s easy to extend your regular appointment with a totally new experience. And, as always, gift certificates are available for this package too.

Mary Treatment Room

We spring ahead on March 10 and I can’t wait to get out in our garden! Time to 
stretch those muscles in preparation for spring cleaning and weeding. Here’s 
this month’s video from my fave physical therapists, hope you find these 
stretches helpful: 

Recently, I’ve been taking an extended continuing education class in 
aromatherapy from Jennifer Sowle, owner of Saratoga Aromatherapy. The quality of 
her beneficial products have so impressed me that I am now using her oils 
exclusively in my practice. Please take a peek at her web page, 
saratogaaromatherapy.com if you are interested. During your next appointment, I 
would be delighted to share these oils with you so we can find one 
that will most benefit you and your massage experience! 

https://youtu.be/R37_inXpZ3g

Chair yoga classes continue this month on Thursday mornings at the Waterford 
Community Center with my daughter Christine of Black Bird Yoga. Hour long 
classes begin at 10 am, beginners are always welcome for $4 per class. Help 
yourself feel better in body and mind with this wonderful, simple practice. 

Be grateful for the little things, 

Mary
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