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2009: Year of Prevention

How’s your health these days?  Achy, tired, generally unhealthy?  Or, are you taking the necessary steps to be in top form?  It’s your choice (and mine): prevent the problem or spend hundreds more dollars playing catch up.

Take a walk.

Eat properly.

Stay away from stressful situations, or learn how to defuse and relax.

Take steps to see your wellness practitioner.

2009: ‘Year of Prevention’

For Donna Stone, a Pensacola licensed massage therapist, 2008 was the year of “getting real.”
“The economy has forced many, in my opinion, to assess their personal situations,” she said. “Are they where they want to be in terms of their job, relationships or family?”
With new priorities in place, Stone said that 2009 will be the year of prevention.
“With soaring health insurance premiums and decreasing healthcare coverage, 2009 will be an opportunity for people to focus on preventative health care,” she said.
People will need to look at how they are taking care of their body — the most valuable piece of machinery that they own, Stone said.

“Just like Momma always said, ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.'”

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Do How I Do…

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

-Robert A. Heinlein

One of my associates was asking me the other day about my brand of massage. What is it that I do or “How I do” . What is unique about my work, or what is my work philosophy? I’d have to say that I had to think that through a bit because all massage is unique. Massage instructors know, you can demonstrate a technique to 10 people and get eleven or more different strokes. The strokes may differ in pressure, speed, application, body stance… Massage is very much an art and science.

So, collectively I have grown my experience from working under chiropractic doctors, with other therapists and by performing massage. Working across the demographic spectrum, I have developed my own methods that follow the scientific, studied approaches to the “rub down”.

Even though I am certified in neuromuscular therapy and I read textbooks, participate in training seminars, keep up my CEUs…who cares? That is not what I do or who I am per se. So, what do I do? What’s my massage philosophy?

Simply, I treat others, the way I want to be treated.

When I get a massage. I want the therapist to be focused on me, my needs and my goal for the session. Whether it be to help ease pain, relieve stress or a headache, or simply get a break from it all–I want to trust my body with someone who has my interests in mind. Yes, I help ease sore muscles but what’s important is that I help others get great massages (in my humble opinion).

Be blessed and get a great massage. You deserve it.