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Holiday Massage Gift Certificate Specials in Louisville

 

It’s that time of year again when you start the holiday shopping, hoping to get everyone on your list a little something they’ll love. This year, I’m offering three great deals for you to take advantage of to give friends and family the gift of massage. I can either mail the cards to you, or send them to you via email for you to print out.  And the best part is you can do it all online, if you need to!

I’ve got items for every budget – from stocking stuffers to “big” presents of multiple massage packages. If you’ve got a lot of people to shop for, it’s worth it to combine purchases into a package purchase to save big.

Holiday Shopping Ideas for December 2011

Deal #1: The Best Massage Deal!

Buy 4, Get 1 Free.
Available for 60 or 90 min sessions.

You can give up to 8 massages at regular price to receive a total of 10 gift cards. The gift cards may be redeemed by the same person or given out to different people and are redeemable through December 2012.
Let’s do the math: You get a 60 minute session – normally $75 – for only $60. Same thing with long, luxurious 90 minute sessions – normally $100 and with this limited time offer $80 per session.

DEAL #2: Stocking Stuffer Spectacular!

One 30 minute session for just $10
OR FIVE 30 minute sessions for $35

New clients only! This offer cannot be redeemed by clients who have seen me before. Each client can use exactly one 30-min gift certificate.

I’m offering this special because my 30 min gift certificates have been so popular in introducing friends and family to the benefits of massage. I usually only offer a few to each client after they see me the first time. Now I’ll make them available for you to share with up to 25 of your friends! At $7 a piece (when you buy them in groups of 5) it’s a phenomenal gift to use for businesses, groups, managers, HR departments and small business owners. Thank your clients, your teammates, your bosses or your employees for all their hard work.

You can purchase up to 25 gift certificates with this offer and they are redeemable through March 2012.

DEAL #3: The Turn-Me-To-Pudding Upgrade Special!

Upgrade a 60 min session to a 90 minute session for just $15. (Heaven!)

For just $15, give yourself (or a loved one) 30 extra minutes on the table. This upgrade is usually $25, but for the holidays, I’m sweetening the deal so take advantage of it now!
You can buy up to three of these 60-to-90 minute upgrades. A one-hour session is fantastic – now imagine an extra thirty minutes to focus on problem areas while still allowing for relaxation, resulting in a deeper massage experience.
And at $15 it’s an easy gift to give to yourself or an existing client. Each client can use three of these 60-to-90 minute upgrades.

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Black Friday Specials Extended through the Weekend

 

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I had such a great response to my Black Friday specials that I’m extending them through to Sunday. I found out today is Small Business Saturday, and as a small business owner, I figured I’d let you guys have the great deals for a little while longer.  The link to the webpage with the description and the links to purchase are here: http://www.massagebyheather.com/black-friday-specials.html.

Take advantage of them. After Sunday, they won’t be available!

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Black Friday Massage Gift Certificate Specials

For the first time EVER I’m offering Black Friday specials on gift certificates for massage in Louisville. And it gets better: You can do it all online. These Black Friday Only specials start Friday morning, November 25th at 7am EST and Saturday November 26th at 7pm EST and are available ONLY online for 24 hours. Choose from three (or all) fantastic deals (remember, valid for Louisville massage only):

Deal #1:The Craziest Massage Deal. Ever!
Buy 2, Get 1 Free.
Available for 60 or 90 min sessions.

I’ve offered packages before, but never anything like this. You can give up to 6 massages at regular price to receive a total of 9 gift cards. The gift cards may be redeemed by the same person or given out to different people and are redeemable through December 2012.

Let’s do the math: You get a 60 minute session – normally $75 – for only $50. Same thing with long, luxurious 90 minute sessions – normally $100 and with this limited time offer $66 per session. Link available at http://www.massagebyheather.com/black-friday-specials.html starting at 7 AM on Black Friday, November 25th.

DEAL #2: Stocking Stuffer Spectacular!
One 30 minute session for just $10
OR FIVE 30 minute sessions for $30

New clients only! This offer cannot be redeemed by clients who have seen me before. Each client can use exactly one 30-min gift certificate. I’m offering this special because my 30 min gift certificates have been so popular in introducing friends and family to the benefits of massage. I usually only offer a few to each client after they see me the first time. Now I’ll make them available for you to share with up to 25 of your friends!

At $6 a piece (when you buy them in groups of 5) it’s a phenomenal gift to use for businesses, groups, managers, HR departments and small business owners. Thank your clients, your teammates, your bosses or your employees for all their hard work. This would be great for those of you weir ho have your own business and want to thank clients, patients or customers for their work with you through the year.

You can purchase up to 25 gift certificates with this offer and they are redeemable through March 2012. Link available at http://www.massagebyheather.com/black-friday-specials.html starting at 7 AM on Black Friday, November 25th.

DEAL #3: The Turn-Me-To-Pudding Upgrade Special!
Upgrade a 60 min session to a 90 minute session for just $10. (Heaven!)

For just $10, give yourself (or a loved one) 30 extra minutes on the table. This upgrade is usually $25, but for Black
Friday, I’m sweetening the deal. This will be the best upgrade deal for the rest of the season so take advantage of it now!

You can buy up to three of these 60-to-90 minute upgrades. A one-hour session is fantastic – now imagine how an extra thirty minutes to focus on problem areas while still allowing for relaxation, resulting in a deeper massage experience.

And at $10 it’s an easy gift to give to yourself or an existing client. Each client can use three of these 60-to-90 minute upgrades. Link available at http://www.massagebyheather.com/black-friday-specials.html starting at 7 AM on Black Friday, November 25th.

So kick back on Friday, log in to my website and get some holiday shopping done. I’ll contact you via email or phone to find out how you’d like delivery of your gift certificates. I can send them via mail (a snazzy certificate on nice card stock) or via email and you can print them out yourself. I’ll let you know the expiration date, the gift card number and you can finish your shopping quickly and give a present that they’ll love.

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Test Driving a New Massage Therapist

steering wheel

I’ve recently started “test driving” some new massage therapists in the Louisville area in order to find a good match between what I need and the styles the massage therapists I try use. It’s rough trying out a new massage therapist. For those of you in Nashville trying out Andrea Mindigo or Margo Coppinger (or for those of you getting massage in Louisville trying ME out), here’s some advice on your first session or two with a new massage therapist.

Before I start, a note on semantics. You can only get a good massage if you’re ready to receive one. In fact, I thought about titling this post “How to Receive a Good Massage from a New Therapist.” You may be in the mourning process, in denial that your previous massage therapist is unavailable, or disappointed in other massage therapists you’ve tried because you’re looking for something very specific. You may know that you need a massage but not yet be ready to face facts that you’ve got to really commit to massage for a period of time in order to make a true difference in the physical issues you’re having.

Don’t Expect the Same Massage You’ve had from Other Massage Therapists

I admit I do this. I get on the table, and immediately have the tendency to compare the massage I’m receiving with the massage I got from other therapists. I try to let go and receive the massage that I’m being given. But that can be a challenge.

No two massage therapists are alike. And even going to the same massage therapist you may never receive the same massage twice. I couldn’t do two massages exactly the same if I tried. I depend too much upon feedback from the body and what I palpate while I’m working. I may start out thinking I know the issue, only to find while working that the problem is stemming from another location, or requires a different type of massage than I had planned.

Here’s what you should do: expect a different massage than you’ve had before. Be open to the differences in flow, technique and personality. Instead of thinking, “This isn’t how Heather does it,” try, “That’s different, let me see how this feels.” Instead of being quiet, communicate any immediate needs in pressure or comfort. Suggest things you know that help you when you’ve received other massages. A good massage therapist will welcome the feedback and input.

Expect a Different Level of Communication

The interaction I have with a new client is different than that of a client who has been coming to see me for years. The first time I see someone, s/he’s usually a stranger. I know the information on the intake form, and maybe some details from the initial intake interview, but I don’t know the details of the situation.

Oftentimes, what makes me comfortable with new massage therapists is the level of familiarity that comes from a few sessions and some sharing of personal information. I tell a few interesting stories, ask the therapists a little about themselves and their lives. By building that basic level of familiarity, I am more comfortable on the table.

And, if I’m the therapist, I’m more comfortable working with the client. Just remember, your last massage therapist was probably a stranger when you first met him/her, and it took time to develop a rapport.

Here’s what you should do: Share some basics about your personality, how you communicate, things important to you, hobbies, jobs, family, etc. to give the massage therapist a feel for you. Ask the massage therapist a few questions about her style, communication and background so you can become more comfortable with her.

Turn Off the Inner Dialogue

Here’s a little of the inner dialogue I have when I try a new therapist: “Margo doesn’t start me out face up. . . Oh, that’s way too light. . . No, no, too deep. . .  Andrea didn’t work my feet when I was face down. . . I like this music. . . Should I say something, that one spot is really tender? . . .  Waaaaay too much lotion. . . .  Oh, my god, that’s way to deep. Don’t hit the therapist. Don’t hit the therapist. . . What is s/he using? Thumbs, elbows, knuckles? . . . I wanted some stretching too, but s/he’s already moved on to the next body part.” You get the idea (If I’m honest there’s a little bit of, “I’m totally stealing that move. That rocks!”)

If I let myself, I have that running dialogue the whole massage. It’s not conducive to receiving a good massage. Instead of being in your body while you’re receiving the massage, you’re spending your massage caught up in your head, talking to yourself. One of the primary benefits of a massage is creating a fluid sense of embodied self. If you stay in your head, conversing with yourself about the massage, you’re not able to bring your focus to the work on the body. By moving your awareness to your body and quieting the mind, you are better able to receive the massage you’re being given. Which bring us to -

Be Aware During the Massage

The best compliment you can give a massage therapist is to bring your attention and focus to what you’re working on at the massage table. Put yourself in your skin and pointedly feel the sensation of the work you are receiving. Stop talking to yourself. Stop grading the therapist. Just be. Breathe.

In fact, an easy way to bring your focus back to the massage is to time your breath with the strokes of the therapist. For example, if the massage therapist is working along the spine, take a deep breath, and exhale during the long glide down your back. If the therapist is working the arm or the leg, focus your breath on the long, gliding motions often used during massage. If the therapist is doing still work, practice deep breathing once she settles in a place or while she’s holding a particular spot. Use your breath to focus on your massage rather than what’s distracting you in your mind. Remind yourself to do this each time the therapist starts work on a new part of the body.

And, if something feels fantastic, tell the therapist so s/he can keep doing it for a little longer! If something doesn’t feel good, let the therapist know right away. Once you bring your focus in to the sensation of receiving your massage, communication on things to make the massage better or make you more comfortable are excellent ways to build that rapport with your new therapist.

Expect and Embrace the Differences

No matter how much or how little experience this massage therapist has, chances are s/he’s bringing something unique to the table. Now, what s/he brings may or may not be what expected, but chances are, there will be a couple of things you enjoy and a few differences you might relish with a new massage therapist. At the end of the day, the massage therapist may not be a good match for you, but being open to a different type of massage or therapist may bring you an unexpected gift or moment. If the massage therapist isn’t a good match, be honest. Many times, a therapist will be able to help clients find a better match – either someone closer to their location or someone that has more experience in a particular style they want to receive.

Here’s what you should do: set your expectations before the massage. Here’s what I try to say to myself before receiving a massage from a new client (generally once I’m on the table, but before the therapist enters the room): “I know this massage will not be X’s massage, but if I communicate with him/her, and am open to something new, I will have a good experience.” And honestly, that really helps.

Conclusion

Maybe I’ve been able to give you a few pointers on how to test drive a new massage therapist. I hope so. The important thing to remember is that part of what makes a massage therapist a good match is not just the style of massage she performs, but also communication with her, and that takes time to build. It also has a lot to do with personality. Many people stay with massage therapists for years once they find one they like, so give yourself some time to find the right person. I like to give therapists a few sessions if they meet my basic needs to see if it’s going to be a good long term match.  And it may take some time to find the right match, but keep looking, and ask the massage therapists you know for recommendations.

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Massage Practice Update: No, I’m Not a Slacker

packing boxes

Hi everyone! I just wanted to apologize for the lack of blog posts, videos and ezine updates in the last few weeks. We’re currently in the process of moving, (packers are in the kitchen as I type) and I haven’t been able to post or video as much as I would like. I will be back in the swing of things in about two weeks. Thank you for your patience (and wish me luck)!

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Upcoming Louisville Massage Openings

relaxed feet

In two weeks you can have a spot on my massage table in Louisville. We can work out some stress in your neck and back, get rid of the tension headache you’ve been carrying around for a few days, or help out with the lower back hitch you got from working in the lawn during those nice days this past weekend.

I’d love to see some new clients, so if you’re an existing client who received some “Thank you” gift cards, please hand them out and make sure your friends and family call to get an appointment the week of April 25th.  I’m taking appointments Tues., April 26 through Sat., April 3o.

Here’s what I have open (although this can change with new bookings and changes in scheduled appointments. Check online for the most recent set of openings for massage in Louisville here: http://massagebyheather.clickbook.net)

Tues April 26 at 1:30 PM
Wed April 27 at 10, 11:30/12 and 4 PM
Thurs April 28 at 11:30/12, 2 and 5:30 PM
Fri April 29 at 10, 11:30/12, and 3:30

So, give me a call at 502-265-6710, email me at heather@massagebyheather.com or check and book online at MassageByHeather.com Online Bookings for your April massage in Louisville.

And if you’re an existing client, get ready for your next Louisville massage.

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Louisville Massage Dates for March: Tues 22nd – Sat 26th

Got stress? Got aches? I’ve got relief: come in for a massage!

I’m back in Louisville for massage therapy in 11 days. Let the countdown begin. I’ve still got a good assortment of massages in Saint Matthews open. I’ll be in town for massage March 22 – 26 and will be working evenings and on Saturday for all you working folk. Book online at http://massagebyheather.clickbook.net, call or email me at heather@massagebyheather.com.

Here’s how it looks today:
Tues Mar 22 at 1, 2:30,4 and 5:30 (times vary based on session length and when you want to start)
Wed March 23 – FULL – no appts
Thurs March 24 at 10, 11:30/12, 1/1:30, 4:30, 5:30/6
Fri March 25 at 11:30/12 and 5:30
Sat March 26 at 11 or 4

Call, email or book online today.  Your body will thank you for it.

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Louisville Massage Appointments AVAILABLE This Week

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I’m in Louisville doing massage this week, taking appointments from Tuesday, Feb 22 – Saturday Feb 26. I’m booked full on Tuesday and Wednesday, but I do have openings for Thursday (at 1, 4 and 5:30 PM) and Friday (at 11:30, 3:30 and 5/5:30 PM), and one massage appointment still available on Saturday in the afternoon.

I’ve got a local number now (courtesy of Google Voice): 502-265-6710 that you can call to schedule an appointment.  Or, you can use my Nashville number 615-294-6672.  Don’t forget you can email me at heather@massagebyheather.com for your Louisville massage or schedule online at http://massagebyheather.clickbook.net.

Schedule now to find out how massage helps!  I’ll be back in Louisville again in March taking appointments March 22 – 26, so if you can’t get in to see me in February, go ahead and schedule in March.

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Massage Therapy in Louisville in February

Louisville at Night

February appointments are filling up for massage therapy in Louisville. I’m in town giving massage Tuesday, Feb. 22 – Saturday, Feb. 26. I have a Louisville local number now, 502.265-6710 if you want to book an appointment via phone. If you’d rather shoot me an email, heather@massagebyheather.com is the email to use.

You can also schedule 60 or 90 minute sessions online at MassageByHeather.com Online Booking.

Red petals and white ribbon

Valentine’s is just around the corner, and massage is a great gift for Valentines, especially if you add in a little chocolate and chauffeur service to and from the appointment.  Available online:  Massage Gift Certificates

Free Massage is the Best!
If you have a gift certificate, contact me or schedule online to get that massage.  Nothing’s better than a free massage!  (Except two free massages)

Sweet Deals Available:

  • If you’ve joined my Louisville Openings Mailing list you’ll get $10 off your first appointment (please let me know you’ve joined it when you book the appointment).  Join here: Louisville Openings List
  • If you’re a Vanderbilt or Transylvania University graduate, you’ll get $20 off your first appointment with me – just for going to one of my schools.

See you on my table later in February!

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Free Massages and $20 off at Louisville Office

{Louisville clients only.  Sorry Nashvillians. :-( }

Want to get a free massage?  Or $20 off your first massage with me?  You may already know that I’m going to be expanding my practice to the Louisville area this fall and I wanted to let you in on the info.  I’m trying to get the word out  to people I know in the area.  The first 5 people to book an appointment in Louisville will get their massages for free! Everyone who books in October after that and joins my email list at http://home.ezezine.com/478_5/ will get $20 off their massage.  Why?

It’s simple, really.  I have a gift that I love to share.  My hands seem to work their own magic these days, easing stress and aching muscles.  I relieve chronic tension and knots in muscles.  I work with people from couch potatoes to CEOs, from stay at home moms to weekend warriors, from college students to seniors.  I help people recovering from surgery and suffering from allergies, people with migraines and back pain.  Massage helps the body and helps people.   Will you help me spread the word in Louisville?

How to get $20 off a massage

Please forward this email invite to join my list to anyone stressed out, in pain or hurting. Either email me or go to http://home.ezezine.com/478_5/ to subscribe.  Anyone who subscribes will get $20 off their first massage with me in October. This list sends out emails of openings when I’m in the Louisville area.  Currently, I’ll be in town Wed Oct 27th – Sat Oct 30th in the Frankfort Ave area taking appointments between 10 and 7.  Spread the word!

Right now, I’m planning on spending one week a month in Louisville.  The rest of the time, I’ll be working hard in Nashville as usual.  I’ve got a temporary space, but will be looking for a more permanent place in the coming months.  If you know of space for rent in the Frankfort Ave, Crescent Hill, or St Matthews areas I’d love to have the information.

Let me know if you’d like to be on the list for Louisville announcements and openings.  And if you have suggestions of contacts to make in the area, I’d love the help.  My practice is primarily centered on chronic pain, stress and therapeutic massage, but I also do quite a bit of lymphatic drainage massage and love working on injuries and problem areas. Spread the word!

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